Fr. Joseph McCartney is the rector of Ss. Peter & Paul Church in Lorain, Ohio. In 2016 due in part to the rising costs of health insurance, Fr. Joseph sought a blessing to pursue CPE and professional chaplaincy as a way to help the parish offset these costs. Upon receiving the blessing of His Grace, The Right Reverend Paul, Bishop of Chicago and the Diocese of the Midwest, he began his CPE internship at St Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, in the summer of 2016, and was subsequently accepted into the residency program in the fall.
A CPE residency program is very similar to what medical residents experience as part of their training. Chaplains learn how to minister at the bedside with patients dealing with a variety of health issues. They learn how to interact with other members of the interdisciplinary treatment team, learn about ethics in pastoral care, and many other facets of hospital life, including serving on-call rotations where they can be called anywhere in the facility.
After completing his fourth unit of CPE, Fr Joseph was hired as Director of Pastoral Care at Mount Alverna Village (a 200 bed Catholic nursing home) in Parma, OH. With his endorsement letter from the Office of Institutional Chaplaincy, and the preparation of his materials, Fr. Joseph appeared for his first certification review in February of 2019. The certification committee felt there were a few competency areas they would like Fr. Joseph to further develop. At his subsequent review in October 2019, that committee was pleased to recommend him for certification. His certification is through The Association of Professional Chaplain’s (APC) Board of Chaplaincy Certification.
May God grant Fr. Joseph many years in both certified chaplaincy at Mount Alverna Village, and parish ministry at Sts. Peter and Paul Church!