Pastoral Care

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Department of Pastoral Care

Established in 1977, the Department of Pastoral Care is comprised of full-time ACPE, Inc. Certified Educators, Staff Chaplains, part-time Associate Chaplains, CPE Students, Certified Mindfulness Instructors, and Volunteers. We provide 24-hour spiritual care to a growing healthcare network that is comprised of eleven hospitals. Our ACPE, Inc.-accredited programs are innovative and collaborative.

  • The central Pastoral Care St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) office is located at the St. Luke’s University Hospital-Bethlehem campus. Chapels are located in hospitals across our network.
  • The Pastoral Care Department serves as a leader in Network-wide education on cultural and spiritual diversity, medical ethics and ethical decision-making, compassion-based mindfulness and grief and loss.
  • 24/7 in-house chaplaincy coverage at SLUH-B provided by CPE Students, Staff Chaplains, and Associate Chaplains, many of whom are local faith leaders.
  • Crisis Response Chaplaincy responds to St. Luke’s Allentown, St. Luke’s Anderson, St. Luke’s Monroe County, St. Luke’s Upper Bucks, and St. Luke’s Warren provided by Associate Chaplains.
  • Innovative CPE curriculum provides an intense program of reflection on self and others as we provide spiritual care to patients, families, and staff.
  • Central to our departmental mission: inclusivity and respect for difference.
  • Opportunity for close collaboration with community faith leaders.
  • Promotion of healthy work-life balance across our network.

Pastoral Care Staff

  • The Rev. Mary Catherine Cole, M.Div., is the Network Director of Pastoral Care and Library Services and is also an ACPE Certified Educator. She is an ordained minister, as well as a Compassion-Based Mindfulness instructor. Mary Catherine is a graduate of Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
  • Kurt Danga-Storm BS, M.Div., BCC is the staff chaplain at the St. Luke’s Upper Bucks and the St. Luke’s Quakertown campuses. He received is M. Div. from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Kurt is an APC Board Certified chaplain and is Catholic.
  • Mayra Estremera is the Department Secretary/Administrative Assistant for the Pastoral Care Department for the St. Luke’s University Health Network. She is a graduate of Star Technical Institute and Northampton Community College, where she studied Health Administration.
  • Padmadharini Fanning, M.Sc., is the Mindfulness Coordinator for the St. Luke’s University Health Network. She is an Ordained Buddhist in the Triratna Buddhist tradition and a graduate of London University. Padma is an accredited Mindfulness Based Pain Management instructor and a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher in training.
  • Carolee Gifford is the Staff Chaplain at the St. Luke’s Sacred Heart Campus. She is a Catholic lay woman trained in Clinical Pastoral Education with a concentration in behavioral health.
  • The Rev. John G. Hilferty, M.A., M.Div. is Director of Pastoral Care at St. Luke's-Sacred Heart Campus. He is a graduate of Mt. St. Mary's Seminary and is an ordained Priest for the Diocese of Allentown.
  • The Rev. Fr. Eric Johnson is the staff chaplain for the St. Luke’s Monroe County (PA) and St. Luke’s Warren (NJ) campuses. He received his M. Div. from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and is ordained in the American Old Catholic Church.
  • The Rev. Lynne Mikulak, M.Div., MSW, is the Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education. She is an ACPE Certified Educator and a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and a graduate of Yale Divinity School and the Connecticut School of Social Work.
  • The Rev. Father Eugene Search, M.Div., MS, is the Staff Chaplain for St. Luke’s Anderson Campus. He is a graduate of Lutheran Theological Seminary Philadelphia, and the pastoral care & counseling program at Neumann University. He is ordained to the priesthood in the Old Catholic Church and is also a commissioned member of the Federation of Christian Ministries.
  • The Rev. Heidi Tierney, M.Div., is the Coordinator of Pastoral Care at St. Luke’s University Hospital. She is a graduate of Drew Theological Seminary and is endorsed by the Federation of Christian Ministries.
  • The Rev. Kelly D. Wilkins, M.Div., is the Community Health Chaplain of Pastoral Care at HOPE at St. Luke's Bethlehem and Easton clinics. She is ordained and endorsed by American Baptist Churches USA. Kelly Wilkins is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and United State Army Chaplain School.

Clinical Pastoral Education Application Steps

  • Complete the ACPE application form, including essays, and mark at the top whether you are applying for Residency, Summer Unit Internship or Extended Unit Internship.
  • Send the completed application via email or U.S. mail (contact information below) If emailing, separately send a check for the $25 application fee made out to “St. Luke’s Hospital.”
  • For the Internship program, if you are accepted, a $100 deposit secures your position. The deposit is your first payment toward the $400 tuition. The remainder is due the first day of the program.
  • For the Residency program, there is no security deposit or tuition payment.
  • Please review: Admissions Policy & Procedures
  • Please review: Annual Notice

For more information and to send your application:

Rev. Lynne Mikulak, ACPE Certified Educator
St. Luke's University Hospital
801 Ostrum Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: 484-526-4773
Fax: 484-526-4336
Email: Lynne.Mikulak@sluhn.org

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

ACPE National Office Contact Information:
ACPE, Inc.
55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835, Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: 404-320-1472
Fax: 404-320-0849
Email: acpe@acpe.edu
Website: www.acpe.edu


Clinical Pastoral Education Programs


Chaplain Residency

Dates:
August 26, 2019-September 4, 2020
August 31, 2020-September 3, 2021

This full-time 53-week program offers three CPE units of 400 hours each, which includes a minimum of 100 hours of structured group and individual education, a minimum of 250 hours of supervised clinical practice in spiritual care, and at least 50 hours of unstructured learning, i.e., literature research and review, and verbatim writing. There are two integration periods for focused clinical practice between Units I and II, and Units II and III. Residents also share in our 24/7 on-call schedule with Staff Chaplains, Associate Chaplains, and Chaplain Interns.

Residents have access to patients, families and staff on assigned clinical units and throughout the hospital for making spiritual assessments and providing spiritual care.

We welcome applications throughout the year, however we strongly encourage early submission, as we have a competitive program. We do not interview all candidates.

  • Renumeration: Annualized salary is $35,000 plus employee benefits package which includes health insurance, holidays, and paid time off.
  • Criteria for Admission: At least one completed unit of CPE from an ACPE-accredited Center; Master’s-level education or equivalency per ACPE, the Association of Professional Chaplains, Inc. and the Common Standards for Professional Chaplains; a willingness and readiness to learn; curiosity about self and others; and an ability to provide ethical spiritual care with persons of diverse faiths and cultures without imposing one’s own perspective.

Internships

Summer Dates:
May 29-August 7, 2020

This full-time intensive 10-week/400-hour program is designed to help students integrate clinical spiritual practice with personal and interpersonal learning through a minimum of 100 hours of structured group and individual education, a minimum of 250 hours of supervised clinical practice in spiritual care, and at least 50 hours of unstructured learning, i.e., literature research and review, and verbatim writing.

  • Clinical spiritual practice includes assignments on patient care units and sharing in the 24/7 on-call ministry with Staff Chaplains, Associate Chaplains and Chaplain Residents.
  • Personal and interpersonal learning focus on wellness, self-care and team relationships.
  • Criteria for admission: A willingness and readiness to learn as demonstrated in written application materials and interview; curiosity about self and others; and an ability to provide ethical spiritual care with persons of diverse faiths and cultures without imposing one’s own perspective.
  • Admission is open to clergy, laity, and persons studying for the ministry. We welcome applications throughout the year, however we strongly encourage early submission, as we have a competitive program. We do not interview all candidates.

Extended Internship Dates

October 2020-April 2021

This part-time six-month/400-hour program is designed to help students integrate clinical spiritual practice with personal and interpersonal learning through a minimum of 100 hours of structured group and individual education, a minimum of 250 hours of supervised clinical practice in spiritual care, and at least 50 hours of unstructured learning, i.e., literature research and review, and verbatim writing.

  • Clinical spiritual practice includes assignments on patient care units and sharing in the 24/7 on-call ministry with Staff Chaplains, Associate Chaplains and Chaplain Residents.
  • Personal and interpersonal learning focus on wellness, self-care and team relationships.
  • Criteria for admission: A willingness and readiness to learn as demonstrated in written application materials and interview; curiosity about self and others; and an ability to provide ethical spiritual care with persons of diverse faiths and cultures without imposing one’s own perspective.
  • Admission is open to clergy, laity, and persons studying for the ministry. We welcome applications throughout the year, however we strongly encourage early submission, as we have a competitive program. We do not interview all candidates.