Students Complete Program Unit of Ministry Health Care CPE Program

February 5, 2015

Four students recently completed a program unit in Ministry Health Care’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program.

As a part of the 17-week program, students are required to complete 300 hours of clinical training by providing pastoral services primarily in Ministry Health Care facilities, with assigned chaplains acting as mentors.
The program also features 100 hours of classroom training with an Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) supervisor to share and discuss their pastoral encounters.

ACPE is an experience-based theological training for pastors, seminarians and chaplains to improve their skills with patients, families and staff. They attend a structured, rigorous program with a certified supervisor that involves reflection and inquiry on their work, themselves, and their openness to gaining new skills.

“Our accredited program continues to grow to meet the needs of our system and beyond,” said Sue Kruger, Chaplain at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, program coordinator and candidate supervisor. “We have hired more than a dozen full or part time chaplains since it began nearly four years ago.”

The CPE students and facilities where they completed their clinical training include:

Ed Jahnke, Marshfield, Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield
Amanda Sampey, Mosinee, Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital/Ministry Home Care-Hospice, Weston.
Ocean Prihoda, Marathon, Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Bill Fish, Iron River, Michigan, Howard Young Medical Center, Woodruff and Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital.

Ministry Health Care offers two quarters of CPE training each year. If you would like to learn more about clinical pastoral education, please contact Sue Kruger at 715.539.2187, or


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