SJEH Welcomes Imam As Pastoral Intern
"Many CPE programs have Christian and Western roots," explains the Rev. Dr. Cecily P. Broderick y Guerra, Vice President of Pastoral Care of Episcopal Health Services, the parent organization of St. John's. St. John's is the primary site of the Clinical Pastoral Education Program of Episcopal Health services. It draws clergy and laity from around the world to receive advanced training in providing pastoral services to people in difficult situations in institutions such as hospitals. The Episcopal Health Services program is a pioneer in indigenous clinical pastoral education and has established programs in Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Tanzania, the Bahamas and Italy. "Our goal is to adapt our training program to retain the best of our clinical knowledge, but to also work sensitively within the cultural and spiritual context of faith communities," added Rev. Dr. Broderick y Guerra.
Imam Shahid worked as a chaplain with a broad variety of faith groups and served as Director of Ministerial Services with the New York City Department of Corrections. As he completes his training, he will reach out to the Rockaways community to help mentor and train other Islamic clerics, who, in turn, will minister to our growing Muslim patient population.