SJEH-Based Pastoral Education Graduation
The Clinical Pastoral Education Program of Episcopal Health Services, Inc., held its 16th graduation of students at the Mercer School of Theology in Garden City, NY on Tuesday, August 11. The program is based at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway and training takes place there as well as at Bishop MacLean Episcopal Nursing Home, also in Far Rockaway, and at Bishop Hucles Episcopal Nursing Home in Brooklyn.
There were 28 graduates who included clergy and lay Muslim and Christian trainees. The Clinical Pastoral Education program trains people from around the world to provide pastoral care and plant Clinical Pastoral Education programs. The Indigenous program trainees serve in hospitals, clinics, orphanages and prisons in the Bahamas, Ghana and West Malaysia.
The Very Reverend David Lowery, Dean of the George Mercer School of Theology, welcomed the graduates. The Reverend Charles Holdbrooke read the greeting from the Bishop of Long Island and President of Episcopal Health Services, the Right Reverend Lawrence C. Provenzano. The graduation address was given by Nelson E. Toebbe, Chief Executive Officer, Episcopal Health Services.