At LLUMC – Murrieta a staff chaplain and Chaplain Services volunteers are available at all times to provide spiritual and emotional support to patients, patient-family members, and staff.
The Chaplain Services team provides spiritual/emotional support by:
- Visiting patients regularly
- Praying at your request
- Assisting you in seeking inner peace
- Helping you answer your spiritual questions
- Bring you a Bible, sacred texts, or sacred writings from specific faith traditions
- Assisting you in contacting religious leaders from your faith tradition
A Chapel is available for private prayer and meditation 24 hours a day. It is located on the first floor of the hospital next door to the gift shop.
Contact by Phone
Call the Chaplain Services Department
- In the hospital – Extension 4718 or 1386
- Outside of the Hospital: (951) 704-1386
Contact by Mail
Chaplain Services Department
Loma Linda University Medical Center - Murrieta
28062 Baxter Road, Office: 13008
Murrieta, CA 92563
When to Call for Support
If you are visiting your loved one and they ask to see the chaplain.
If you or your loved one must undergo surgery or an unusually difficult variety of tests, the outcome of which may result in a questionable diagnosis/prognosis. A patient’s anxiety may be relieved if they can talk with a chaplain at either of these times. In some cases, the chaplain may feel it advisable and/or supportive to administer the sacraments.
If you or your loved one has a serious, painful, severely disabling, or incurable illness which may involve, by necessity, altering an earlier lifestyle.
In a situation that involves a terminal illness. The chaplain is available to give the patient and their loved ones special attention and support.
Sometimes there are personal and additional challenges that require special attention. Often, a patient’s recovery is impeded because of unresolved feelings of guilt, family troubles, or the problem of facing a physical disability.
If you or your loved one is already coping with unresolved grief. Some people respond to the death of a loved one as if little or nothing has happened. But underlying grief may be doing damage. Most chaplains will recognize the symptoms of unresolved grief and help the patient accept his/her sorrow. Grief is involved with any deep sense of personal loss.
If you or your loved one experiences feeling of hopelessness and loss of will to live.
If your loved one's attitude and expectations are poor or depressed.
If you or your loved receives little or no visitation from persons during hospitalization.
To help the patient become related to a religious fellowship. Many have lost contact with their church or synagogue. The chaplain may be able to help the patient restore the relationship or establish a fresh one.
When you or your loved one is going to be discharged, the chaplain can render real service by helping prepare the patient to go back to his/her home and community.
Who We Are
Chaplain Titus Matemavi is the leader of our program and serves as a staff chaplain serving inpatients and employees at Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta. He is originally from Zimbabwe and a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Titus holds an MDiv (Master’s in Divinity) in Missions from Andrews University and is currently pursuing his PhD part time. His chaplaincy experience includes: emergency and trauma services, pediatric hematology/oncology, medical intensive care, geriatric psychiatry, and general hospital ministry.
Titus Matemavi, Lead Chaplain
Volunteers in Chaplain Services
The Chaplain Services Department also includes an Administrative Assistant and many qualified Volunteer Chaplains Services Volunteers from diverse faith traditions, including: Jewish, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Mormon, Muslim, and Coptic Orthodox.
As part of the Chaplain Services team, they work together with the staff chaplain to serve the spiritual and religious needs of the Medical Center's patients, patient-family members and employees. Volunteers in Chaplain Services are trained by our department to provide spiritual care, offer sacramental ministries, and are also able to contact a religious leader of a particular faith tradition at your request.
A Roman Catholic priest is on site for LLUMC-M catholic patients Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on-call 24 hours a day. Please contact the staff chaplain or a Chaplain Services volunteer and ask to have Fr. Joseph paged.