In keeping with the Mission and Values of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, the St. Joseph Hospital Spiritual Care department offers spiritual support and comfort to all our patients, families and staff.
The Spiritual Care Department consists of an interfaith team of board-certified chaplains who offer holistic ministry. We are here to care for spiritual, religious, emotional and ethical concerns.
While you or your loved one is a patient at St. Joseph Hospital the following assistance is available:
- One-on-one visits from a chaplain
- Daily Mass in the Chapel (or can be watched on Channel 3)
- Volunteer Eucharistic minister to visit daily
- Blessing of all newborn babies if requested
- In-depth Bereavement Program
- No One Dies Alone Program
- Help in learning about Advanced Health Care Directives
- Help when dealing with an ethical healthcare decision
The hospital Chapel is located on the first floor of the main hospital, adjacent to elevators 4 and 5. The Reflection Room is located just off the first floor lobby, adjacent to the Surgical Waiting Area.
Both the Chapel and Reflection Room are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and welcome all for prayer, meditation or quiet time. These peaceful settings provide a haven for those of all faiths, with Muslim prayer rugs and Korans provided as well as Bibles and Christian literature.
What is clinical pastoral education?
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an interfaith, professional ministry education program, which brings students into a supervised setting where they encounter people in need of care. Through extensive engagement with people in need of care and reflection with peers and teachers, students develop awareness of how their personhood influences the care they provide. Students also develop spiritual care skills, which help them to identify the hopes, needs and resources of the people in their care.
Through reflection on particular human situations and relationships, students deepen their competency in ministry. CPE is an educational process of spiritual formation for the purpose of becoming an effective spiritual caregiver. Working within the interdisciplinary team process with staff chaplains, nurses, social workers and physicians, students develop skills in interpersonal and professional relationships.
Essential elements of CPE
- Spiritual Care with people in crisis
- Learning through the process of action and reflection
- Learning goals based on the student's learning needs
- Written theological reflection and evaluations
- Peer relationships in a shared learning experience
- Individual and group supervision
Why take CPE?
CPE is often a required component of one's preparation for ministry in many denominations and faith groups. Many students take one unit of CPE to fulfill this requirement and go on to be parish pastors, missionaries or a member of a religious order.
Many others take at least four units of CPE as part of their training and requirements to become a board certified chaplain. Some students, after completing several units of CPE, choose to enroll in Supervisory CPE working toward certification as a CPE supervisor.
Why take CPE at St. Joseph hospital?
St. Joseph Hospital has a long history of providing quality CPE training for over 35 years. We are accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) to offer Level 1 and Level 2 CPE, as well as Supervisory CPE. As part of St. Joseph Health, students in our program have the opportunity to learn in a variety of settings including: St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, CA; St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, CA; Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, CA; and St. Mary Hospital in Victorville, CA.
St. Joseph Health is a Catholic health system with a reputation for excellence in medical and spiritual care. We are a culturally and religiously diverse community guided by the core values established by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange: Dignity, Service, Excellence and Justice. Our spiritual care team strives to provide care with humility and respect for the social locations and faith traditions of those we serve. Our CPE students are guided in this approach, even as they develop a deeper understanding of their own faith and cultural uniqueness.
The Summer Intensive Unit is a full-time unit requiring 40 hours a week of participation over the course of 11 weeks. Students work Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and have additional on-call duties.
The spring and fall units are part-time units requiring approximately 30 hours a week of participation over the course of 16 weeks. Students have one class day a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., which is approximately 20 hours of clinical work per week with additional on-call duties. Each unit has a requirement of 400 hours:
- 300 hours - clinical hours (time in the clinical setting)
- 100 hours - group supervision with your peers on specific days and individual supervision with the supervisor
Supervisory education is limited to applicants who have completed Level 1 and Level 2 CPE (four or more units of CPE) as positions become available. Supervisory CPE is a full-time commitment over the course of several years with the goal being to become a certified CPE supervisor. Ask our CPE Supervisor for more information.
Admission to St. Joseph Hospital CPE
Our center is committed to giving fair and thorough consideration to all qualified applicants. We select students who are seminarians, clergy and lay persons with consideration of aptitude for learning, capacity for self-reflection and potential for ministry without regard to age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religious affiliation or sexual orientation.
Most successful applicants have already begun graduate theological education or other specialized training in their respective religious traditions. Tuition for a Summer Intensive or Extended Unit of CPE is $625. Tuition for Supervisory CPE is $200.
Clinical Pastoral Education Schedule 2019 and 2020
- 2019 Winter/Spring Unit: January 14, 2019 thru May 24, 2019 (FULL)
- 2019 Summer Unit: June 3, 2019 thru August 23, 2019 (FULL)
- 2019 Fall 2019 Unit: September 23, 2019 thru January 7, 2020
- 2020 Winter/Spring Unit: January 13, 2020 thru May 20, 2020
- 2020 Summer Unit: June 8, 2020 thru August 19, 2020
- 2020 Fall Unit: September 21, 220 thru January 6, 2021
Apply six to eight months in advance as positions are limited for each unit. For further information and application materials contact the Spiritual Care Department at 714-771-8137.
St. Joseph Hospital
Spiritual Care Department
1100 West Stewart Drive
Orange, CA 92868
One West Court Square, Suite 326
Decatur, GA 30030
Monday - Friday, Noon
Saturday, 5 p.m.
Sunday, 8 a.m.
Mass is presented in the hospital Chapel, located on the first floor of the main hospital, adjacent to elevators 4 and 5. It may also be viewed in the hospital on Channel 3.