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A group of past Clinical Pastoral Education students have begun forming an alumni component of our program. This small group has gathered three times so far.

In 2007, we gathered to hear Barbara Shanahan, Director of the Catholic Biblical Studies in Buffalo, speak on “The Role of the Chaplain as Prophet.” This was well received and the group decided that they wished to follow this with an annual meeting.

In 2008, the group met at the Chautauqua Institute to hear Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crosson. After the presentations from these two theologians, all who wished to continue the dialogue gathered for an informal dialogue with them. Our alumni group ended the day with a picnic supper.

In 2009, the group traveled to hear Sister Joan Chittister on “Imagine a World at Peace Through Compassion” at The Chautauqua Institute on Monday, August 10.

Anyone who is interested in joining us for future events, please send an e-mail to Melody Rutherford at She will be glad to add your name to our mailing list.

We look forward to seeing you!