St. Luke's University Health Network

Pastoral Care

Department of Pastoral Care

Established in 1977, the Department of Pastoral Care is comprised of full-time Staff Chaplains, Part-time Associate Chaplains, CPE Students, and Volunteers. We provide 24-hour spiritual care at five of our six (soon to be seven!) Network hospitals. Our ACPE-accredited programs are innovative and collaborative.

  • Network offices are located at the St. Luke’s University Hospital-Bethlehem campus, adjacent to the chapel on the 2nd floor of the Priscilla Payne Hurd Pavilion.
  • The Pastoral Care Department serves as a leader in Network-wide education on cultural and spiritual diversity, medical ethics and ethical decision-making, and loss and bereavement.
  • 24/7 in-house chaplaincy coverage at SLUH-B provided by CPE students, chaplaincy staff, and community clergy, serving as associate chaplains. Crisis Response Chaplaincy to St. Luke’s-Allentown, St. Luke’s-Anderson, St. Luke’s-Quakertown, and St. Luke’s-Warren provided by Associate Chaplains.
  • Innovative CPE curriculum involves persons in an intense program of reflection on self, others, and offering ministry in health care, modeling and encouraging working collaboratively with other professionals in holistic care of persons and their families respectful of culture/ethnicity, gender, developmental stage, affiliation, and spiritual resources and needs.
  • Opportunity for close collaboration with community clergy in pastoral care for congregants and parishioners.
  • Promotion of health life-work balance for members of our department.

Pastoral Care Staff

  • The Rev. Mary Catherine Cole, M.Div., is the Director of Pastoral Care and is also an ACPE-certified CPE Supervisor. She is an ordained Baptist minister and graduate of Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Rev. Cole has experience with several different healthcare organizations in Pastoral Care Departments as well as supervisory and teaching experience in several non-profit settings.
  • The Rev. Lynne Mikulak, M.Div., MSW, BCC, and ACPE-certified Supervisor, serves as the Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education. She is an ordained UCC Minister and graduate of Yale Divinity School and the Connecticut School of Social Work.
  • The Rev. Heidi Tierney, M.Div., is the Coordinator of Pastoral Care and Support Chaplain at SLUH-B. She is a graduate of Drew Theological Seminary and is endorsed by the Federation of Christian Ministries.
  • The Rev. Nancy Adams, M.Div., BCC, is the ICU Staff Chaplain at SLUH-B. An ordained United Church of Christ minister, she is Board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains with extensive work in acute care and HIV+/AIDS ministries.
  • The Rev. Eugene Search, M.Div., is the staff chaplain for both the St. Luke’s-Allentown and St. Luke’s-Anderson Campuses. He is a graduate of Lutheran Theological Seminary Philadelphia, is ordained in the Old Catholic Church, and is involved in several Network-wide committees, including Emergency Management, Crisis Response, and POLST education.
  • The Rev. Sue Bennetch, M.Div., is the staff chaplain at the St. Luke’s-Warren Campus. She is a graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary and is an ordained Presbyterian Church USA Minister.


CPE Programs - Residency and Internships

Chaplain Residency

Residency 2015-2016
August 24, 2015 – September 4, 2016

Residency 2016-2017
August 22, 2016 – September 3, 2017

This full-time 12-month+ program of three CPE units includes a weekly schedule of 28 hours of pastoral ministry and 12 hours of seminar, group and individual supervision. Residents also share in the 24/7 on-call schedule approximately once per week, including nights, weekends and holidays with compensatory time off.

Residents have access to patients, families, and staff in a variety of clinical settings, leading to a specialty in ministry. Practicing ministry on assigned floors and doing independent study including reading research in pastoral care and related disciplines are the foci of three integration periods between units.

There is no tuition for CPE Residents.

  • Renumeration: Annualized salary is $28, 259 plus employee benefits package which includes health insurance, holidays, and paid time off.
  • Criteria for Admission
    • Residency - at least one unit of CPE training completed, readiness for pastoral learning, previous pastoral experience, ordination and/or faith community endorsement, and ability to minister in crises with persons of diverse faiths and cultures.

Summer CPE

Summer Internship 2016 (application deadline March 10, 2016)
May 23, 2016 – August 5, 2016

This intensive 10-week program is designed to help students integrate personal, interpersonal, and professional learning through at least 100 hours of structured group and individual education and at least 300 hours of clinical practice of ministry.

  • Professional practice includes assignments on patient care units, sharing in the 24/7 on-call ministry, and time for department and CPE written materials.
  • Personal practice focuses on wellness and self-care through the use of spiritual direction, journaling, meditation and exercise.

Criteria for admission includes readiness for pastoral learning, professional or lay ministry experience, faith community endorsement, openness to spiritual and cultural diversity and ability to ministry in crises. Open to clergy, laity, religious, and persons studying for the ministry.

Tuition for the program is $400 plus $25 application fee.

Extended CPE Unit

Extended Internship 2015-2016 (application deadline July 10, 2015)
October 5, 2015 – April 29, 2016
* two weeks off of class at Christmas

Extended Internship 2016-2017 (application deadline July 10, 2016)
October 3, 2016 – April 28, 2017
* two weeks off at Christmas

This 7-month part-time program involves three parts:

  • Group: 12 - 5:30 pm Thursdays
  • Patient/family visitation: 7 hours-per-week (spread over two days)
  • Participation in the 24/7 on-call schedule: 2 on-calls per month (one weeknight and
    one weekend shift each month)

Criteria for admission includes readiness for pastoral learning, previous professional or lay ministry experience, faith community endorsement, openness to spiritual and cultural diversity. Open to clergy, laity, religious, and persons studying for the ministry.

Tuition for the program is $400 for first unit plus $25 application fee; subsequent units are $150 each.


Application Steps

  • Complete the ACPE application form (including essays).
  • Send completed application form and $25 application fee made out to “St. Luke’s Hospital”
  • Visit us for an interview and assessment of our setting. We will process your application on a timely basis as arranged at your interview.
  • If you are accepted, a $100 deposit secures your position. The deposit is your first payment towards the $400 unit tuition; the remainder is due the first day of the program.
  • Please review: Admissions Policy & Procedures
  • Please review: Annual Notice

For more information, conversation, or to send your application, contact:

Rev. Lynne Mikulak
Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education
St. Luke's University Hospital
801 Ostrum Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: 484-526-4775
Fax: 484-526-4336 (fax)
Email: Lynne.Mikulak@sluhn.org

We are an ACPE, Inc. Accredited Clinical Pastoral Education Program.

ACPE National Office Contact Information:

ACPE, Inc.
One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: 404-320-1472
Fax: 404-320-0849
Email: acpe@acpe.edu