What is a Chaplain?
A chaplain is a professional who offers spiritual advice and care in a specific institutional context, such as a military unit or a college campus, hospital or prison. Although chaplains often provide religious services for members of their own faith communities, the main role of a chaplain is to facilitate or accommodate the religious needs of all individuals in the institution in which he or she is working.
Chaplains often serve as experts on ethics to their colleagues and employers, providing insight to such diverse issues as organ transplantation, just-warfare, and public policy. Professional chaplains do not displace local religious leaders, but fill the special requirements involved in intense institutional environments. (Taken from the Hartford Seminary website.)
My own personal take on this is that my service in this role is a logical, and visible, outgrowth of my own religious commitments. As a Christian, I believe that hospitality to all is one of the highest callings; I simply seek to embody that, and have found a wonderful place at the University of Denver to do so.