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Spiritual Care and Education

Providing for the spiritual needs of patients and families. Educating the next generation of spiritual care professionals. 

John L. Good III, Department of Spiritual Care and Education

Cheryl McDevitt, MA BCC

To request a visit from a chaplain:
Maria Perry, 978-816-2793
Between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m
Or page a chaplain through the hospital operator



Spiritual Care Services

At Beverly Hospital we respect the inherent dignity and sacredness of every person.  We care for the whole person as well as the network of caregivers that support every patient we serve.  Chaplains are available to provide emotional, spiritual, and religious support to patients, families, and staff from all traditions, cultures and beliefs.

Reasons you might request a visit from a chaplain include: when you would like some spiritual / emotional support; when you are struggling with the meaning of your illness, or wrestling with difficult decisions; when you’re anticipating surgery or feeling anxious; when you would like someone to say a prayer with you or offer a blessing; or, when you would just like someone to keep you company and listen.

Community clergy are available for sacramental ministry upon request, and Eucharistic Ministers are available to distribute Communion to Catholic patients who would like to receive this.

Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education is interfaith education for ministry, geared toward forming spiritual care professionals who are both sensitive and responsive to the needs of the diverse world we serve.  Through intensive reflection, feedback, small group work, didactics, and individual supervision, students gain insight, deepen self-awareness, develop interpersonal and inter-professional skills, and integrate new learning into their ministry practice.

To be eligible for CPE one must demonstrate through the written application materials, and an admissions interview, the ability to participate in ACPE accredited CPE.  Eligible persons have usually completed at least one year of graduate level theological / behavioral health training, although this is not a requirement.

Learning Environment

Beverly Hospital is a community hospital with a broad range of ministry placement opportunities.  Clinical assignments at the hospital include Critical Care; Medical/Surgical Care; Maternity; Pediatrics; Oncology; and a Level III Trauma Center Emergency Department.  One of the distinguishing features of the Beverly Hospital CPE program are the various clinical placement sites offered within the community, including: assisted living and rehabilitation facilities; hospice care; senior housing communities; a day resource shelter for the homeless; and behavioral health units at Addison Gilbert and Bay Ridge Hospitals.  This unique opportunity to experience ministry in the acute care / crisis setting of the hospital, alongside the opportunity to establish longer, more continuous relationships with persons in the community, provides CPE chaplains with a valuable range of experience designed to serve them well in their future ministry.

Programs Offered

Beverly Hospital offers two CPE Units each year: The Extended Unit and the Intensive Summer Unit. Both units require occasional evening and weekend on-call coverage.  These shifts are negotiated within the peer group at the beginning of the unit.

The Extended Unit:
September –April

This format requires a commitment of 16 hours per week.  One day per week is spent in class with your CPE group, and the schedule for remaining clinical hours will be negotiated with your Certified Educator.

The Intensive Summer Unit:
Tuesday after Memorial Day – first week in August

The Intensive Summer unit is a Monday – Friday, 40 hour/week commitment beginning on the Tuesday after Memorial Day and ending the first week of August.


The tuition for each unit of CPE is $1000.  There is a $25 dollar application fee payable to Beverly Hospital CPE.  Upon acceptance, there is a $200 non-refundable deposit fee which will be credited toward your tuition.


Although there are no application deadlines, we strongly encourage submitting your ACPE application no later than December 1st for the Summer Unit, and no later than April 1st for the Extended Unit.  After your application materials have been received and reviewed, you may be invited for an interview with an ACPE Certified Educator and a member of the Professional Advisory Group.  Interviews are conducted on an on-going basis and candidates are accepted until open positions are filled.

Click here to download the ACPE application. Read the application instructions carefully, and be sure to complete all sections and include contact information for references. Applications and the $25 dollar application fee should be sent to:

Cheryl McDevitt, MA BCC
ACPE Certified Educator
Director, Spiritual Care and Education
Beverly Hospital
85 Herrick Street
Beverly MA  01915

Contact Us

Cheryl McDevitt, Director, Spiritual Care and Education

Maria Perry, Administrative Assistant
Spiritual Care and Education

Beverly Hospital is accredited for Level I and II CPE by
ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education
One West Court Square, Suite 325
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 320-1472