Dominican Healthcare Ministry is devoted to promoting the dignity of the human person and the healing ministry of Jesus Christ through pastoral care, education, ethical consultation, and prayer. As a ministry of the Dominican Province of Saint Joseph collaborating with the Archdiocese of New York, we are at the service of the healthcare community in New York City and beyond.
What We Do
Spiritual and sacramental care for Catholic patients, family and staff on the East Side of Manhattan through:
- Chaplaincy visits to Patients
- Spiritual and Ethical guidance for patients, family, and staff
- Support for Medical Staff
- Mass within Hospital Chapels
The Church of St. Catherine of Siena Church is maintained as a place of prayer for the sick, the dying, and those who care for them. A refuge of peace and strength, it is open daily to all patients, family, staff, and those who wish to unite themselves in spirit to the sick.
Education for the laity in the Spirituality of Sickness and End of Life Planning, and for priests and seminarians in the Pastoral Care of the Sick:
- Ministry Internship Program for Seminarians
- Talks given to Parish and other Lay Communities
- Ethical Consultation
- Partnership with the National Catholic Bioethics Center
Dominican Healthcare Ministry is located at the Church of St. Catherine of Siena, one of two sister churches in the Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena.
The Priests of Dominican Healthcare Ministry are Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph: a community called to preach Jesus Christ as part of the worldwide mission of the Order of Preachers.
Priests from Dominican Healthcare Ministry provide daily spiritual care to patients at:
- Hospital for Special Surgery (hss.edu)
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (mskcc.org)
- Archcare at Mary Manning Walsh Home (archcare.org/nursing-homes/mary-manning-walsh)
Dominican Healthcare Ministry also provides supplemental services for urgent or emergency needs, in coordination with hospital chaplaincy offices, at:
- NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (nyp.org)
- Bellevue Hospital (nychealthandhospitals.org/locations/bellevue)
- Coler Specialty Hospital (nychealthandhospitals.org/locations/coler)
- Lenox Hill Hospital (lenoxhill.northwell.edu)
- The Mt. Sinai Hospital (mountsinai.org)
- ArchCare at Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center (archcare.org/nursing-homes/terence-cardinal-cooke)
- Other Hospitals and Healthcare Institutions on the East Side of Manhattan
Fr. Hyacinth Grubb
Fr. Hyacinth was born in the small mountain town of Conifer, Colorado and studied Electrical Engineering at Columbia University before entering the Order of Preachers. He joined the Healthcare Ministry in the Summer of 2019 and was ordained to the priesthood in May 2020. Fr. Hyacinth serves as the Director of Dominican Healthcare Ministry.
Fr. Jonah Pollock
Fr. Jonah grew up near Syracuse, New York, received a BA in 2001 from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, and entered the Dominican Province of Saint Joseph in 2003. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2009 and, after completing a Licentiate degree in Sacred Theology in 2010 and serving as parochial vicar at the Parish of St. Mary in New Haven, Connecticut from 2010-2012, was assigned to Dominican Healthcare Ministry in 2012.
Fr. David Adiletta
Fr. David is originally from Connecticut. He studied Molecular Biology before entering the Dominican Province of Saint Joseph in 1991. After studying Theology and Medical Ethics at the Dominican House of Sudies in Washington, DC, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1998. For many years, Fr. David served as a missionary in the Province of Saint Joseph’s Vicariate of Eastern Africa. After returning to the United States, he was assigned to the Priory of Saint Catherine of Siena to serve as a chaplain with Dominican Healthcare Ministry.
Fr. James Ritch
Fr. James Ritch was raised in Mahopac, NY. He received a bachelor of science in biology at Providence College and subsequently researched Huntington disease for two years at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He matriculated to the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, earning a Masters in neuroscience. Prior to entering the Order of Preachers, he performed cancer research as a staff member of the Biology Department at Providence College. Fr. James was ordained a priest in 2022, and joined Dominican Healthcare Ministry immediately after ordination.
In 1216 St. Dominic was granted permission of the Holy See to establish a new Order for the single purpose of preaching and the salvation of souls, to bring healing and hope to the lost, the last and the least of his day. He formed his brothers to embrace and proclaim the message of the Gospel to be consolers to all in distress, especially by faithful preaching and the administration of the Sacraments. St. Dominic’s extraordinary vision has endured for over eight hundred years, across every part of the world.
Dominican Friars have exercised Parish ministry in this neighborhood since 1867, with the foundation of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish. The Church of St. Catherine of Siena was established in 1897, first as a mission of St. Vincent Ferrer and then as its own parish. Over more than 150 years, the Parish has grown to include two Dominican churches, two communities of Friars, two communities of Sisters, two high schools, an administrative center for the Order, and a hospital chaplaincy. Parish life throughout these generations has been shaped by the common life of the Dominican brothers and sisters. In 2015, St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena were merged into one parish, sharing a common preaching of the Gospel. In 2018 we celebrated 150 years of ministry to the East Side, and in 2022 the 125th anniversary of ministry at St. Catherine of Siena.
In 1932 Cornell University Medical College and New York Hospital moved to their current joint location on York Avenue, and Dominican priests extended their spiritual care to the sick and those who care for them. Other hospitals and medical centers moved to the neighborhood in following years (especially Memorial Hospital in 1939 and Hospital for Special Surgery in 1955, among other institutions) and they continue to expand their presence. Today there are over 2,000 hospital beds in the neighborhood. St. Catherine of Siena is the patron of those who care for the sick, and it is a remarkable sign of her patronage that so many hospitals should choose to move within her church’s care.
Over the past century, the physical and spiritual care for the sick has been marked by men and women of great holiness, often hidden. Of particular note is Servant of God Rose Hawthorne. Rose, daughter of author Nathaniel Hawthorne, gave up a life of privilege to care for destitute persons afflicted with incurable cancer. After training as a nurse at New York Cancer Hospital, which would later become Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, she founded the Dominican Sisters of the Congregation of St. Rose of Lima (Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne) for this arduous apostolate. Today the congregation continues her mission, providing unparalleled care to patients with incurable cancer without cost, and the Rose Hawthorne Guild is promoting her cause for canonization.
In 2002, the Dominican Province of Saint Joseph determined to broaden its healthcare ministry in New York. A new focus on healthcare ethics and education in spiritual care was added to the pastoral ministries at Saint Catherine’s Church and in the area hospitals. This newly envisioned ministry was first named Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York, and later simplified to Dominican Healthcare Ministry.
Today, Dominican Healthcare Ministry includes the work of five full-time friars, supported by lay Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and other volunteers. In partnership with hospitals and healthcare centers on the East Side, the Archdiocese of New York, the Parish of Saint Vincent Ferrer and Saint Catherine of Siena, the Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude, and others, we continue to serve the spiritual needs of the sick, the dying, their loved ones, and the staff who care for them.