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Spiritual Life

As a faith-based Continuing-Care-Retirement-Community, Moravian Manor offers spiritual care as well as physical, emotional, and mental health care to residents. The chaplain provides spiritual care to all residents and families no matter what the faith background. This includes all Christians: Catholics, Protestants, and Evangelicals; other religions: Jewish, Islam, Hindu, etc.; and agnostics, and atheists. It is not his job to evangelize or proselytize, but to offer spiritual care to all. Of course residents may accept or decline that spiritual care.

Among our spiritual care offerings are:

Weekly Vespers

Sundays at 2:30 the chapel section of Steinman Hall

These worship services are open to all residents and their families and friends. Vespers are also telecast on channel 37, our in-house system.

Weekly Services for Herrnhut Residents

Sundays at 1:30 p.m. in the Herrnhut living room

These services are open to Herrnhut residents and their families and friends.

Holy Communion

The first Sunday of each month as part of Vespers for  Herrnhut at 1:30 p.m. and in Steinman Hall at 2:30 p.m.

Weekly Bible Studies

In each neighborhood. Please check the activities schedule for the day and time in your area of the building.

Regular Evening Bible Studies

For the residential living community. Check community news and notes for details.

Special Services

Throughout the year, including Thanksgiving, Advent lovefeast, and Holy Week.


The chaplain also provides pastoral support for residents and staff, as well as on-on-one visits. Prayer request boxes are in the main entry and in the south entry.

Our Spiritual Life Committee works with the chaplain to evaluate our ongoing spiritual care and to plan future activities. Three residents, three Trustees, and three staff comprise the committee, which meets twice each year, once in the spring and again in the fall.

Special Ministries

Services of remembrance

These special services are held quarterly for residents who have in the recent months.

No Resident Dies Alone program

Trained volunteers are available to sit with dying residents when families are unable to be present.

Funerals and Memorial Services

May be arranged with the chaplain to honor and remember those who have passed.

The Beck Memorial Garden and The Hess Memorial Garden

These two gardens offer attractively designed repositories for the interment of cremains of deceased residents. For more information, contact the Director of Development.

The Rev. Richard “Rich” Thierolf, Chaplain
Chaplain Rich Thierolf joined Moravian Manor in official capacity in January 2009. Prior to that, he served as a trustee on the Manor Board for three years. He earned a degree in Sociology from East Stroudsburg University and his Masters of Divinity from Moravian Theological Seminary. Born and raised in the Lehigh Valley, he is an ordained Moravian clergy and served several congregations in Fargo, ND, Green Bay and Madison, WI, and Lebanon, PA. Chaplain Thierolf can be reached at 717-626-0214 or via email