Rabbi Jeffery M. Silberman
Director, Department of Spiritual Care and Education; ACPE Supervisor
Rabbi Silberman has more than 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 five books. He established nationally accredited clinical pastoral education programs at several academic medical centers. Holding 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 a Health Rhythms facilitator.
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.
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.
Staff Chaplains and Adjunct Chaplains
Gavan Meehan - Oncology Chaplain
Lauren Cetlin - Nurse Chaplain
Fr. Augustine Okoroafor and Fr. Hyginus Agu - Catholic Priests and Adjunct Chaplains
Rev. Diane Peterson