As humans, we’re all trying to discover purpose and meaning in our lives and relationships, and a sense of hope as we long to transcend the many challenges we face in life. 

As a student you’re likely in the process of shaping, defining and adopting your own values and beliefs. This is a time of self-focus and for good reason: you’re seeking a trajectory for your life. You’re looking for fulfilment and direction in areas such as identity, career, significant relationships and independence. In short, you’re adopting a framework of meaning for your life — a spirituality.

Spiritual Care events at the U of M

Spiritual Care

Sometimes periods filled with possibility and potential also come with apprehension or struggle. It might feel like there are more questions than answers.

What do you do when your values and aspirations no longer make sense? How do you deal with grief, fears and losses along the way? 

Spiritual Care can help you adapt to new or complicated realities and reframe your identity and values in valuable ways.

We offer one-on-one emotional and spiritual support to help you cope with roadblocks. 

Spiritual Care is available to all, whether you identify as spiritual, atheist, religious or agnostic. We recognize, affirm and work with your existing values and beliefs. 

Meet our Spiritual Care coordinator

Our Spiritual Care coordinator, Edgar French, has a Master of Arts in Theology, is a registered member of the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care and serves on the provincial executive board. 

Edgar has had ten years of ministerial experience, providing spiritual support to individuals and families of all backgrounds and beliefs, to both the local parish and the neighbouring community at large.

In the clinical setting as a spiritual care provider and a member of the clinical interdisciplinary team, Edgar has provided spiritual care to patients facing medically related grief and loss, particularly patients dealing with end of life matters. On campus, Edgar helps students cope with loss, crises and transitions by assessing and addressing how their spirituality provides resilience.

His method of care is attentive to, and respectful of, the uniqueness of ideals and life-styles, including religious affinities, which shape student identity. It draws from the wisdom of care that affirms health as not simply the absence of a physical or psychological ailment, but a person's ability to find meaning, hope and purpose in the face of suffering.

Contact us

Fort Garry campus
102C UMSU University Centre
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6 Canada

To access spiritual care on the Fort Garry campus, students can come in person, email or call the office and request an intake appointment.

Email or call in advance to confirm appointments.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(closed Thursdays and statutory holidays)

Bannatyne campus
S211 Medical Services Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6 Canada

Spiritual Care provides personal counselling services on Bannatyne campus to all Rady Faculty of Health Sciences students. 

Call Student Services at Bannatyne Campus office in advance to request an appointment.

Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.