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

Relationship of Mutual Reciprocity agreed between ACPE(Ireland) Ltd and NZACPE (inc)

ACPE(Ireland) Ltd is delighted to announce that as of 5th May the body has endorsed a mutual recognition of professional standards with New Zealand Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (Inc)together with a mutual reciprocity in regard to units of CPE undertaken. This is wonderful news. We look forward to continuing to develop our relationship with NZACPE and with other international CPE Professional bodies

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