Spiritual Care and Education

Bridgeport Hospital’s Department of Spiritual Care and Education offers spiritual and emotional support to patients, families and staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week through direct patient involvement, including help in a crisis interventions, religious resources and  help from area clergy.

Our Clinical Pastoral Education Program is accredited to offer professional education for ministry by:

The Association of Clinical Pastoral Education
“The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education”
55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: (404) 320-1472
Fax: (404) 320-0849
Email: [email protected]

Learning Environment

Bridgeport Hospital is located in Bridgeport, CT, a city of 140,000 people on Island Sound, 20 miles from New Haven. The hospital, with Trauma 2 designation, has 435 beds and is the most comprehensive medical facility in Fairfield County, with a respected teaching program. Its excellence in healthcare delivery includes specialization in cardiology, oncology, pediatrics, trauma, burn and wound care, rehabilitation and psychiatry. The religious and cultural diversity of the area fosters a multi-faith hospital ministry with strong ties to local religious communities and in-depth exposure to issues.

Programs Offered

Summer unit of CPE

A full-time 11-week program that includes a week-long schedule of 28 hours of pastoral ministry and 12 hour group and individual supervision, plus on-call duty that involves (24-hour) weekend and (16-hour) weeknight coverage. The curriculum focuses on an individualized and group learning contract that promotes personal growth, theological reflection and professional development based on each person’s interest and readiness.

Extended unit of CPE

A part-time 29-week program that meets on Thursday evenings of each week for didactic and group sessions. Students meet with their supervisor for individual supervision bi-weekly. They plan time for patient visitation with their peer group and supervisor. Students will participate in on-call duty for one weekday evening and one weekend evening each month. Curriculum focuses on an individualized and group learning contract that promotes personal growth, theological reflection and professional development based on each person’s interest and readiness.

Residency Program

A nine-month program that provides three CPE units. The program includes a weekly schedule of 24-26 hours of pastoral ministry and 10 hours of group session and individual supervision. Residents participate in on-call duty once each week, including either a weekend day (24-hours) or an evening shift (16-hours).  The curriculum focuses initially on completion of Level I outcomes and exploration and/or completion of Level II outcomes. A minimum of 1 CPE unit is required for all residency applicants. Chaplain Residents receive a stipend and full benefits, including medical and paid time off (PTO).


The summer, extended and part-time units tuition is $850. Tuition for a half-unit of CPE is $500.

Admission Criteria

Admission to a program includes motivation to learn, emotional stability, interpersonal awareness and ability to learn how to minister in crises situations.  Students who apply for the residency program must have at least one unit of CPE. Our programs are geared toward those interested in pastoral care in religious congregations, for seminary students, and those who are entering pastoral ministry. Our CPE programs are accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

CPE Faculty

Find out more about the Clinical Pastoral Education faculty

Application Process

  1. Submission of ACPE application materials
  2. References - Provide the following link to the references on your ACPE application. They will need to complete the form.

  3. Admissions interview, preferably at Bridgeport Hospital with a CPE supervisor.

Application materials can be found on the ACPE website.

Application can be sent to the following address or emailed to:

Fr. Adrian Budica, ACPE Certified Educator
Bridgeport Hospital, Department of Spiritual Care and Education
267 Grant Street, Bridgeport, CT  06610
Phone: 203-384-3881 
Fax:  203-384-4630
Email: [email protected] 

Dates for Bridgeport Hospital CPE Programs

  • Summer CPE 2022: May 31 - Aug. 13, 2022
  • CPE Residency 2022-2023: Aug. 22, 2022 – May 27, 2023
  • Fall Evening Extended 2022-2023:  Sept. 8, 2022 - May 6, 2023 


Pet therapy dogs.

Pet Therapy

Dogs and their handlers are available to visit patients various times during the week. Visits usually last around 15 minutes. If you spot one of the pet therapists around the hospital (they’re the ones wearing the blue vests and wagging their tails), please feel free to stop by and interact with them. Our dogs love to be petted, and may even have a few tricks to show off.

Learn more about our Pet Therapy Program

Contact Us

Spiritual Care Office 


Bridgeport Hospital
Department of Spiritual Care
     and Education
Clinical Pastoral Education Program
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT 06610

Email List
Fr. Adrian Budica
Director of Spiritual Care
    and Education
[email protected]