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 (maryjo12@me.com) and a second 12 week programme in April with Catherine Kennan (catherinemkeenan@gmail.com) 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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Presentation of CPE Teaching Supervisor Certificate to Daniel Nuzum

ACPE (Ireland) Ltd was delighted to ratify and present Dr Daniel Nuzum with his formal certificate of CPE Teaching Supervisor at its business meeting in Dublin today. The certificate was jointly presented by Ms Catherine Keenan (Chairperson of interview and assessment panel) and the Rev’d Bruce Pierce (Chairperson ACPE Ireland)
Bruce in congratulating Daniel acknowledged the depth and intensity of this training process and paid tribute to his commitment to pastoral education and research within the Health Service. Daniel expressed his gratitude to his supervisors at University Hospital Kerry, Northridge House and Cork University Hospital.

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New Zealand CPE links to ACPE(Ireland) Ltd

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Delighted to share that the New Zealand Association for CPE and ACPE(Ireland) have formally embanked on a journey of mutual recognition of professional training and education. A wonderful first. Our banner picture on our Facebook page which has received considerable interest is of Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand

Presentation of CPE Certificates at Northridge House

Northridge House Education and Research Centre, at Saint Luke’s Charity, Cork, hosted a celebration for the completion of its recent Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Programme on Wednesday 5th April.

Six students, from Cavan, Wicklow, Dublin, Kerry, Wexford and Cork, completed the 12 week programme. The programme was accredited by AICAB on St. Valentine’s Day – an internationally based process in tandem with a number of Irish professional bodies. The Centre was delighted to welcome Ms Pauline O’Dowd as Supervisor in Training.

The certificates were presented by Dr Paul Colton, Chairman of the Board of Directors of St Luke’s Charity, Cork. The Charity has supported CPE as part of its Outreach Programme for the last 9 years. Also in attendance were David O’Brien (CEO of St Luke’s Charity), staff of St Luke’s Home, course mentors and family members. Northridge House was delighted also to welcome Mr JA McNamara CEO of Cork University Hospital Group; the Centres at Cork University Hospital and Northridge House work closely together in training students for pastoral ministry.

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At the CPE graduation were (l-r): David O’Brien (CEO St. Luke’s Charity and St Luke’s Home) , Bruce Pierce (Programme Director), Pauline O’Dowd (Supervisor in Training), Gabriel Kelly, Dr Paul Colton, Alex Morahan, David Bowles, Ruth Elmes, Richard Dowling, John Tanner, JA McNamara (CEO, Cork University Hospital Group)


Visit of CPE Supervisior to Ireland


Delighted to welcome Rev Kraig Beardemphl ( Supevisor at PIH Health, Whittier, California) to Northridge House CPE Centre. Kraig is currently visiting Ireland and getting a perspective of CPE within an Irish context.  As a professional body we continue to develop enriching relationships with our fellow CPE international associations