Siblings Rebekah, Wilson and Dane Magruder recently placed prayer request cards on the “Tree of Hope” in the new interfaith chapel at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Their doing so was part of dedication ceremonies at the chapel, held June 30.
Clergy members of various faiths joined hospital officials, chaplains and guests at the event. Offering interfaith blessings were Rabbi Roy A. Walter, Congregation Emanu El; Imam Hamed Ghazaly, Ph.D., Houston Quran Academy; Father Eugene Cagoco, Catholic Chaplain Corps and Rev. Dr. Paul Clines, First United Methodist, Westchase Campus. Following their blessings, Texas Children’s chaplains offered prayers on behalf of children who submitted their requests and intentions on prayer cards.
The interfaith chapel is located in the atrium that connects the outpatient and inpatient wings of the hospital.
It’s a quiet place where patients, staff and visitors of all faiths can go to pray, meditate and reflect in a calming and peaceful environment. The chapel design incorporates soothing colors and stained glass windows embossed with circles that reflect the circular design themes and child-like elements appearing throughout the pediatric hospital.