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Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Setting

Clinical experience is a major part of CPE training and we offer an excellent setting for that experience. Most CPE interns and residents will be based at Lancaster General Hospital in downtown Lancaster. Some residents will complete a significant portion of clinical time at Women & Babies Hospital.


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Chaplaincy history

In 1964, the Lancaster County Council of Churches voted to begin a chaplaincy program at Lancaster General Hospital, committing itself to call a chaplain and to support the program in the early period of development. It was to be a non-denominational ministry, serving primarily persons without church affiliation, or from outlying areas of the county.  The possibility of a training program for pastors and seminarians was also part of the design. In 1964 the Reverend Kent Smith, a certified supervisor, began his ministry at LGH. In 1965, the first CPE students began their training. 


Today, our program continues to bring theological students, pastors, chaplains, lay persons, and others called to ministry and service within religious vocations into supervised encounters with people in critical life situations, improving personal ministry skills and enhancing self-understanding.




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