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 by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. to offer interfaith professional education for ministry through involvement with patients in need, which helps students grow.

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 Wednesday 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. Stipend for the residency program is $26,000 plus medical benefits.

The summer, extended and part-time units tuition is $850. The part-time unit tuition 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

Rabbi Jeffery Silberman, Director of Spiritual Care and Education. ACPE Supervisor
Rabbi Silberman has over 25 years experience creating and leading integrative patient-centered spiritual care programs. A frequently published professional writer, editor and lecturer, Rabbi Silberman has contributed to seven books. He established nationally accredited clinical pastoral education programs at several academic medical centers. He earned degrees from a Catholic university (University of Dayton), a Jewish seminary (Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion) and a Protestant seminary (Andover Newton Theological School). Rabbi Silberman was founding President of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains. In addition to being a board-certified Chaplain and a certified Clinical Pastoral Educator, he has studied several martial arts, Ericksonian hypnosis, is a Reiki master and is a Health Rhythms facilitator. 

Rev. Adrian Budica (CPE Coordinator)
Rev. Budica is a Supervisor with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). He is ordained in the Eastern Orthodox Church, serving as an assistant priest in Brooklyn, NY. Adrian has undergraduate and graduate degrees in divinity and in theology (Th. M.) in Romania and the United States – most recently Saint Vladimir’s Seminary (Crestwood, NY). Adrian has been involved in hospital chaplaincy since 2008. He did his first CPE unit in New York City with HealthCare Chaplaincy (2010). He completed his CPE residency at Yale New Haven Hospital (Saint Raphael Campus) in 2011 and then worked as a per diem chaplain. Adrian began his supervisory education training in October 2012 at HealthCare Chaplaincy. He supervised part-time, extended and full-time CPE units at Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt and Memorial Sloan Kettering hospitals in New York City. He completed his supervisory training in November 2014 when he was certified by the National Certification Committee of ACPE as an Associate Supervisor. In October 2015 he became an ACPE Supervisor.

Chaplain J. Bernard Richardson, part-time Palliative Care Chaplain and a Supervisory Education Student  
Chaplain Richardson earned a bachelor of arts degree from Liberty University with a major in religious studies and minor in philosophy/psychology. He holds both a master of sacred theology and a doctor of sacred theology degree from Christ Theological Seminary. Bernard is an ordained minister dually consecrated into the Episcopacy by Faith Tabernacle Outreach Ministries, Inc. (Pentecostal) and the New Covenant Church of the Holy Spirit (Evangelical-Liturgical Ethiopian Orthodox). He has extensive vocational experience in ministry and as a Senior Pastor.   

Application Process
1) Submission of ACPE application materials
2) Admissions interview, preferably at Bridgeport Hospital with a CPE supervisor.
Application materials can be found at the following website:

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

Rev. Adrian Budica, ACPE Supervisor
Bridgeport Hospital, Department of Spiritual Care and Education
267 Grant Street, Bridgeport, CT  06610
Phone: 203-384-3948 Fax:  203-384-4630 Email: adrian.budica@bpthosp.org 

Dates for Bridgeport Hospital CPE Programs
Summer 2016
May 31 - August 12, 2016 

Residency 2016 - 2017 
August 22, 2016 - May 26th, 2017 

Extended Unit 2016 – 2017 
October 5 - April 25 

Fall Part-Time 2016 
September - January 2017 

January - June 2017

Contact Us

Thank you for considering Bridgeport Hospital as a potential training site for your ministry. If you wish to contact us about any of our CPE programs, please refer to our address, office phone number and list of emails below.


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


Office Phone (M - F 8 - 4:30 pm)

Email List

Rabbi Jeffery Silberman
Director of Spiritual Care and Education

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