ACPE(Ireland) Ltd AGM

The AGM of ACPE(Ireland) took place in Dublin on Friday 29th September

At the meeting the Company noted with regret the resignations of two colleagues who over the years had made important contributions to the life and development of ACPE(Ireland) and to Pastoral Education. Kathleen O’Connor, formerly at Cork University Hospital and St Theresa Kilmurray, formerly at St Vincent’s University Hospital were in their time Company Secretary and Treasurer of the body. Unanimously the members expressed their deep appreciation for the years of dedication by two valued colleagues to pastoral ministry training

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ACPE(Ireland) Ltd at the AGM continued its reflective and active work in the area of Governance, following its recent accreditation
Going forward for the next year the officers of the Company will be Bruce Pierce (Chairperson), Aileen Walsh (Company Secretary) and Catherine Kennan (Treasurer). Gratitude was expressed to the Administrator Danielle Browne for her diligence and warmth.

AGM of ACPE (Ireland) Ltd


The Annual General Meeting of ACPE(Ireland) Ltd takes places on Friday 29th. Following the AGM, a business meeting will take place. As an addition to the programme there will be two sessions of CPD on “An Approach to Ethics within the Context of a CPE Programme” led by Daniel Nuzum and “Competency Based Evaluation” led by Catherine Keenan and Aileen Walsh. The overall meeting ends at Lunchtime Saturday

Ministry of HOPE – RTE 1


Ministry of Hope
A new television series starts on RTE One on Thursday September 28 at 10.15 pm.
Ministry of Hope is an uplifting and compelling series, sharing moments of joy, exhilaration and crisis with the men and women whose job it is to bring faith, hope and love to strangers in three very different Irish institutions.
This powerful and inspiring observational series follows three Irish chaplains over a whole year, as they reach out to people at their moments of greatest vulnerability, to counsel, inspire and care for them.
Margaret Sleator was the first ever lay chaplain in Dublin’s Mater Misericordiae Hospital when she started 13 years ago. Catherine Black is the new chaplain in Shelton Abbey Open Prison in Arklow, Co Wicklow. And Philip McKinley is the Church of Ireland member of a new multi–denominational chaplaincy team serving 17,000 students from all over the world at Dublin City University.
Their jobs are to give guidance, support and inspiration: to patients facing illness and death; to prisoners seeking redemption; and to students struggling with campus life. Their vocations are all steeped in deep faith. But, in an increasingly secular Ireland, the programme asks why we still rely on religious chaplains to shepherd us through life’s challenges?
In the first episode of Ministry of Hope, Margaret Sleator supports Sean O’Keeffe whose wife, Margaret, is critically ill in the Mater hospital. With their son, Jack, Sean is praying for a miracle, but the chaplain must also prepare them for the worst. In DCU, Philip McKinley helps first year students like 19 year old Aisha Siwar settle into university life at the start of term. Meanwhile, in Shelton Abbey Open Prison, Catherine Black counsels 33 year old David whose release date is approaching fast, knowing that the outside world can be just as challenging as prison itself.
Philip McKinley was appointed in 2015 as part of a brand new multi–denominational chaplaincy team to serve DCU’s hugely diverse population of students. He’s a layman with a passion for music, which has become a useful focus for activities in the Interfaith Centre at the heart of the Glasnevin Campus.

CPE Recommencing at St Vincent’s University Hospital January 2018


ACPE(Ireland) Ltd is delighted to announce that Clinical Pastoral Education will recommence at St Vincent’s University Hospital in January 2018 . St Vincent’s has been a training centre since 1982 when  the methodology was established in Ireland. Two units are planned and potential applicants are invited to contact the two named supervisors at their earliest convenience

A 12 week programme will commence in January with Sr Mary Jo Corcoran as supervisor ( and a second 12 week programme in April with Catherine Kennan ( as supervisor.

Graduation at Cork University Hospital July 7th 2017

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Supervisors of the Programme



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Back Row: David (CEO ST Luke’s Home), Rev. Bruce Pierce (Chair ACPE(I)), Fr. Gabriel Kelly, Ricky O’Connor, David Cribben, Rev. Isaac Delamere,  Rev. Daniel Nuzum (Supervisor)

Front Row: Sr.Mary Jo Corcoran (Director), Julianna Crowley, Pauline O Dowd (Supervisor in Training), Mon. Kevin O’Callaghan, A J McNamama (CEO Cork University Hospital) Fr. Pierce Cormac (Chaplain)

Absent : Deirdre O Donnell

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CEO of Cork University Hospital with the Graduates