Future Priests of the Third Millennium

A little insight into the life of seminarians from various dioceses preparing for ministry as Roman Catholic priests, including daily activities, personal interests, special events, the spiritual life, news from the seminary, and almost whatever comes to our minds!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Clinical Pastoral Requirement

The first-year theologians at the Saint Paul Seminary are required to work in a hospital setting in the summer following their first year of theology. This is called CPE: Clinical Pastoral Education. Most people would call it a hospital chaplaincy internship.

It makes many of us here very nervous. It is not that we would not want to visit the sick (that is very important to us) but it is a very competitive process to get a summer internship at a hospital. The application-interview process takes a large amount of time in our already packed schedule.

I am happy to write that just the other day, I received a phone call from a site that offered me a position for the summer! What's more, it was my first choice! I was thrilled; I still am thrilled! On Wednesday, I was starting to get very nervous about sending more applications and trying to find time to do interviews but - thanks be to God - I have a position!

I am sure that the summer will be a challenge, but a good experience as well. At least for the next seven months I can take comfort in the knowledge that I have a position.

Saint John of God (patron of the sick), pray for us.

Take care, -Jeremy

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