Education Faculty

Fr. Adrian Budica

Director, Spiritual Care and Education
Fr. Adrian Budica is an ACPE Educator (Association of Clinical Pastoral Education). He is an ordained priest in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Fr. Adrian has undergraduate and graduate degrees in divinity and in theology (Th. M.) in Romania and in the United States – most recently, St Vladimir’s Seminary (Crestwood, NY). Fr. Adrian has been involved in hospital chaplaincy since 2008. Fr. Adrian began his supervisory education training in October 2012. He supervised part-time, extended and full-time CPE Units at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt and Memorial Sloan Kettering hospitals in New York City, NY. He successfully completed his supervisory training in November 2014 when he was certified as an Associate Supervisor. He became an ACPE Certified Educator in 2015 and a Board Certified Chaplain (BCCi - APC) in March 2017.

Rabbi Nathan Goldberg 

Nathan Goldberg is an ACPE Certified Educator and Orthodox Rabbi. He brings extensive experience in chaplaincy and education in very diverse settings. Before joining the department in 2019, he was Manager of CPE at New York Presbyterian, CPE Specialist at Mt. Sinai Medical Center (where he shepherded the CPE Internship, Residency and Supervisory Training from birth through Center Accreditation), Director of Pastoral Care and Education at Beth Israel Medical Center, Jewish Community Chaplain of Greater Kansas City and Coordinator of Jewish Chaplaincy Services at Lenox Hill Hospital (also in NYC). Nathan also has extensive experience with CPE Supervisory Education. He has served for many years on the ACPE National and Regional Certification Commissions and has trained numerous CPE Educators towards successful certification. Nathan has published numerous articles and led workshops at webinars at national and regional conferences. 

Nathan received his Bachelors, Masters and ordination from Yeshiva University, where he split time between New York and Jerusalem. He has completed the course work towards a doctoral degree in Adult Learning and Organizational Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Staff Chaplains and Adjunct Chaplains

The Rev. Bela Poznan - Oncology Chaplain
Fr. Augustine Okoroafor and Fr. Churchill Penn - Catholic Priests

Adjunct Chaplains:
Rev. Frantz Achelus
Fr. Hyginus Agu
Sr. Marianne Calabrese 
Rev. Dr. Nicardo Delahaye
The Rev. Ariel Heriveaux
The Rev. Keith Varrick Nelson
The Rev. Bela Poznan

The Rev. Kenneth Smith

 

The Rev. Adrian Budica

Supervisor with Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)

 
Rev. Budica will take the primary lead in supervising the CPE residents at Bridgeport Hospital. Adrian is an ordained priest in the Eastern Orthodox Church, with 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). In his sacerdotal ministry, he serves as an assistant priest in an Orthodox church. He is also director of field education at his alma mater (St. Vladimir Seminary)

Involved in hospital chaplaincy since 2008, he completed his first CPE unit was at Saint Luke’s Hospital under HealthCare Chaplaincy (2010). He completed a CPE residency at Saint Raphael Hospital (Yale New Haven, CT) in 2011 and worked an adjunct chaplain in New Jersey. Adrian began his supervisory training in October 2012 at HealthCare Chaplaincy, supervising 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 and was certified by the National Certification Committee of ACPE as an associate supervisor and as an ACPE Supervisor in October 2015.

The Rev. Adrian Budica

Supervisor with Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)

 
Rev. Budica will take the primary lead in supervising the CPE residents at Bridgeport Hospital. Adrian is an ordained priest in the Eastern Orthodox Church, with 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). In his sacerdotal ministry, he serves as an assistant priest in an Orthodox church. He is also director of field education at his alma mater (St. Vladimir Seminary)

Involved in hospital chaplaincy since 2008, he completed his first CPE unit was at Saint Luke’s Hospital under HealthCare Chaplaincy (2010). He completed a CPE residency at Saint Raphael Hospital (Yale New Haven, CT) in 2011 and worked an adjunct chaplain in New Jersey. Adrian began his supervisory training in October 2012 at HealthCare Chaplaincy, supervising 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 and was certified by the National Certification Committee of ACPE as an associate supervisor and as an ACPE Supervisor in October 2015.