Many institutions recognize that they need to provide for their members’ spiritual needs. People in hospitals and prisons or on military bases and ships cannot get to a normal church congregation. Students at schools and universities face common challenges in growing up and have many questions about religious faith. Consequently, all these different kinds of institutions often set aside a place of worship for their members and appoint people to provide pastoral support for them. Typically, this place of worship is called a chapel, and the person who is in charge of the chapel is the chaplain. Chaplains usually lead services, offer religious instruction and give spiritual guidance.
The whole Olympic Games 2002 was very stressful for me personally as an athlete. After the first final in synchronized diving from the 3 meter springboard, I got very high fever. A few days later the 1 meter competition was before me. I felt very alone. My body was sick and doubts came through my mind. The only one who helped me in that situation was not a liturgical service but a Christian chaplain who supported me with pastoral counselling and bible studies. He helped me to integrate my faith and my athletic goal.
Jacqueline Schneider, Switzerland, DivingView all