Mid-May News CPSP-Philippines

<Starting in the North and working our way South>

Baguio City. Bukal LIfe Care has two CPE groups active for Summer Intensive. One is led by Chaplain Vo Canoy. The other is led by Chaplain Lyn Montecastro. A Half Unit is expected to start the third week in June supervized by Chaplains Celia Munson and Vo Canoy.

Chaplain Vo’s CPE Group

Bocaue. The Chaplains Office, led by Chaplain Renato Eustaquio, has an active CPE group at Dr. Yanga’s Hospital. They are planning a Chaplain’s Retreat in Baguio the weekend of June 4. They are also developing a video series of trainings for counselors, missionaries, and pastors. And finally, they are planning to start a one-year program in July. We wish them well in this.

Manila. Jethro Guidance Center, is moving forward with their recent partnership with Union Theological Seminary with an ongoing CPE batch being held there. It is being supervised by Dr. Larry Gusto and Chaplain Ephraim Guerrero. Looking forward to seeing this effort expand.

Community-Based CPE at Union Theological Seminary

Iligan City. The Chaplain ministry at Iligan City Adventist Hospital, led by Dr. Victor Navarro, will be completing a CPE Batch June 9th. Dr. Cal Sodoy will be guest speaker for this event. CPSP-Philippines has not been long in Mindanao. We are thankful for the work of Dr. Sim Dang-Awan Jr. in promoting our work there, with it bearing fruit through local efforts of Chaplains Victor Navarro, Elvin Salarda, and Phanuel Buac. We look forward to more good things happening there.

Davao. And speaking of Minidanao, Dr. Cal Sodoy is leading a training at Davao Central College. This two week activity will hopefully happen in August and tentatively this will be done with Dr. Raymond Lawrence (General Secretary and founder) of CPSP joining face-to-face. Several of us are also hoping to join even if for a shorter time.

Partnership With Union Theological Seminary

On April 28th, 2022. the Union Theological Seminary, Philippines and Jethro Guidance Center, Inc. signed the Memorandum of Agreement of partnership in providing Clinical Pastoral Education.

Rev. Dr. Eleazar Fernandez signed in behalf of UTS and Rev Ephraim Guerrero, for JGCI. Larry Paul B. Gusto, President of Jethro Guidance Center, acted as witness.

Let us celebrate this partnership.

Jethro Guidance Center, Inc. is a training Center accredited by CPSP-Philippines, and is based in Manila.

February 2020 Photos

Yes… things have been slow because of the pandemic for the last few months, but that does not mean that nothing has happened. Here are a few photos of some recent activities:

Webinar held in February on “Pastoral Care in Hospice and Palliative Settings” facilitated by Ptr (and Dr) Joshua Marcos. This event was sponsored by Jethro Guidance Center. Note that Jethro Center is also holding CPE presently in Manila.
CPE gathering online led by Chaplain Renato Eustaquio of “The Chaplain’s Office” in Bocaue, Bulacan
CPE Group led by Diplomate Vo Canoy with Bukal Life Care, in Baguio City, Philippines. This group is finishing up with two groups starting in mid-to-late March.

December 2021 News

Things are slowly getting more active with several training centers operating with active CPR groups. Bukal Life is gearing up for staring two groups in the next few weeks. Both Heard and Jethro have active CPE groups ongoing.

Jethro Guidance Center had the privilege of having Dr. Raymond Lawrence join their online chapter group recently. Dr. Lawrence is the General Secretary of CPSP. Online group is shown above.

We are preparing to have another certification board. Members can talk to their supervisors or chapters if they feel they are ready to go for a higher certification level.

Our New Diplomates!

Earlier this year we had a certification board that included those who were Supervisors-in-Training (SITs) seeking to move up to Diplomate.

Passing these boards, we welcome two new members as “Diplomate Supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education/Training.” (Yes we know that is a mouthful.) The two are:

Dr. Larry Paul B. Gusto. He serves with the Jethro Guidance Center in Manila.

Chaplain Violeta C. Canoy. She serves with Bukal Life Care in Baguio City.

Meeting the requirements of Diplomate with CPSP-Philippines is a challenge. We congratulate them not only on both their success and their perseverance in this journey.

August 2021 Updates

As the pandemic settles out (a bit at least), CPE is becoming more active.

—Dr. Navarro’s is completing a unit at the Iligan Adventist Hospital. We congratulate him in heading this under CPSP-Philippines.

—Chaplain Eustaquio is in the middle of a unit at Dr. Yanga’s Hospital in Bulacan.

—Chaplains Vo and Lyn are each starting new CPE units with Bukal Life Care in mid-August. These are online units,.

—Jethro Guidance Center is very active with CPE this year. (Not sure when the next group is starting… but likely to be starting soon.

All of our centers are welcomed/encouraged to keep us updated as far as their training schedules. They can contact either Dr. Merlita Montecastro or Dr. Robert Munson.

May 2021 Updates

We update as we get information. Here is the latest that we have available to share.

May Activities of CPSP-Philippines:

-May 22. BOT meeting (online)

-May 29. Diplomate/SIT Boards (online)

Bukal Life Care Schedule (Baguio City)

We are finishing up our Spring CPE groups and CPO group. Our next cycle of CPE groups will start in mid-August or early September. We will continue through November or December. For info, contact us at bukallife@gmail.com

Hesed Schedule (Bocaue, Bulacan)

We are starting a new CPE group in July 2021.For those who are interested to serve the Lord through clinical chaplaincy and pastoral care ministry, please send us a message.What is CPE/T or Clinical Pastoral Education/ Training?Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an interfaith method of theological education through which a chaplain trainee exercises and learns pastoral skills within a context of responsible relationships to people and under the direct supervision of a certified pastoral supervisor. It provides a learning situation for a ministerial trainees and continuing education for ministers in which they may develop awareness of the theological and psycho-social concerns of persons in crisis. CPE addresses personal growth matters of self awareness and self reflection, a key ministry concern. For those who are interested to serve the Lord through clinical chaplaincy and pastoral care ministry, please send us a message, or call us at 09338554795.