Calvary Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program Graduates Third Group of Students
Calvary Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program Graduates Third Group of Students

BRONX, NY, January 2012 – Calvary (, the country’s only fully accredited acute care hospital dedicated to providing palliative care for adult advanced cancer patients, hosted a graduation ceremony for the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program they established in June 2010.

The 20-week, 400-hour program is the country’s only CPE program exclusively focused on giving students hands-on experience with terminally ill patients. Each week, they attended a 5-hour group class and completed 15 hours of clinical work with current Calvary inpatients and @Home/Hospice patients. They were under the Supervision of Rev. Carlos Alejandro, a certified supervisor of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

The third class that Calvary’s CPE program graduated was comprised of seven men and women, ranging in age from mid-30s to 60’s. They represented a range of cultures, ethnicities, and religions. This class included an Orthodox Rabbi, an Imam and a Nigerian Priest. The next group is scheduled to begin in February 2012.

Calvary Hospital is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients. A 225-bed facility with locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Calvary is the model for the relief of cancer pain and symptoms for more than a century. More than 5,500 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home, hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to


On January 5th, Calvary Hospital’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program Graduates its third group of students who completed a 20-week, 400-hour program at the nation’s only accredited Palliative Care Hospital.

  • Pictured in front row (left to right): Dorothy Matthews, Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger, Patricia Riley and Rev. Luis Gomez.
  • Pictured in second row (left to right): John Thoonunkaparambil, Imam Muhammad Hatim and Fr. Matthew Abba.

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