Clinical Pastoral Education

About Us

If you are searching for a clinical pastoral education (CPE) program that will help you improve your competency in the art of relational ministry, please consider the CPE program at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center.

Through this program, you will gain hands-on ministry engagement with patients, families and staff under the supervision of board-certified chaplains. Ministers, seminary students and qualified laypersons engage in intense spiritual care relationships, while providing feedback that helps develop pastoral care authority and increase self-awareness.

Located in Portsmouth, home to one of America’s most historic naval seaports, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center is close to many exciting attractions, including the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center. The beautiful Virginia Beach oceanfront is just minutes away from the campus, and Portsmouth serves as “mile marker zero” for the Intracoastal Waterway, a network of canals, inlets, bays and rivers running along the Eastern Seaboard to the Florida Keys.

Programs Offered

A one-year, full-time program of four CPE units meeting one requirement for Board Certification. This program offers Level I and Level II CPE and includes one overnight on-call experience per week. Participants receive a stipend of $31,200, 7 paid holidays, and 14 days of paid time off. Family health insurance coverage is available. Applications should be received between December and May of the preceding year. 
Summer Internship
A 10-week, full-time program. Four positions are available for this program, which offers Level I CPE and includes one overnight on-call experience per week. Tuition for the program is $450. No stipend is paid. Health care benefits are not included. Free housing can be available for a single female student. Applicants should submit their materials between January and March of the year prior to the summer unit.  
Extended Units
A 26-week, part-time program of two semesters with a 7-week holiday break beginning in Mid-August each year. Tuition for this option is $450, with no stipend or benefits. Students share classes with CPE Residents on Mondays from 8:30am to 3:30pm and work 12 clinical ministry hours per week. Applications should be submitted between March and June of the year before the program begins.

Clinical Areas

Program participants may serve a wide array of clinical areas, including two emergency departments, oncology, cardiology, orthopedics, intensive care, surgery, bariatric medicine, physical rehabilitation, behavioral medicine, geriatric care, hospice, and various Outpatient areas at Harbour View in Suffolk. Bon Secours Maryview is committed to serving the poor and underserved communities of Hampton Roads. 65% of our patients are minorities and 50% are under-insured or without insurance. 

How to Apply

Applications for the program can be found at

Applications should be submitted, along with a $35 application fee, to: 
The Rev. Stephen K. Goss
Director of CPE
Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center
3636 High St. Portsmouth, VA 23707

Contact Us

For questions about the program, please contact Program Director Stephen Goss at or call 757-398-2104.

The Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center CPE program is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. 

Meet the Residents