History of ACPE Ireland


  In 1982, the Department of Health approved and funded, on an ad hoc basis, Clinical Pastoral Education courses in the Regional Hospital, Cork and St. Vincent’s Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin. St. John of God Hospital, Stillorgan, also hosted units of CPE. In 1986, the Department of Health formally approved CPE programmes in the Regional Hospital, Cork (now Cork University Hospital), St. Vincent’s Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin and the Mater Hospital, Dublin. In 1990 Kerry General Hospital, Tralee, Co.Kerry was accredited to host CPE programmes.
Since 2003 CPE has been run in Northern Ireland under the auspices of the Northern Ireland Healthcare Chaplains’ Association.In 2009 a new Centre opened at St.Luke’s Home Education Centre, Mahon, Cork

The initial CPE Centres at St John of God Stillorgan, Mater University Hospital Dublin, St Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin and Cork University Hospital are accredited by the Healthcare Chaplaincy Board. The more recently established Centres at Northridge House Cork and Northern Ireland Healthcare Chaplaincy Association are accredited by the All Ireland CPE Centre Accreditation Board.

ACPE (Ireland) Ltd together with CASC (Canadian Association for Spiritual Care) formally signed an Agreement of Reciprocity at the 2018 Annual CASC Conference. President of CASC Rev Elaine Nagy and Chairperson of ACPE (Ireland) Rev Bruce Pierce signed this agreement on behalf of their respective bodies. The agreement acknowledges the full mutual recognition of CPE Programmes and CPE Supervisory status.








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