Clinical Pastoral Education at Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, IN

Deaconess Hospital consists of the main campus (350-bed general), Deaconess Gateway hospital (160 bed general), and Deaconess Cross Pointe (50 bed behavioral health facility) and is part of the Deaconess Health System. The main campus hospital is a Level II Trauma Center. In 2013, Deaconess Hospital received Magnet Designation from the American Nurses Credentialling Center. 

The Health System also includes The Women's Hospital, The Heart Hospital, HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital and 19 clinics in the tri-state area (Southwest Indiana, Southeastern Illinois, and western Kentucky). The Health System offers a wide variety of services including oncology, cardiopulmonary, ortho/neuro, behavioral health, pediatrics, palliative care and hospice.  

Deaconess continues to value its Chritian Heritage and relationship to the United Church of Christ.  

ACPE-accredited programs have been conducted at Deaconess for more than 40 years. Levels I and II units of CPE are presently offered. Participants are enabled to increase their pastoral effectiveness through personal growth and the development of professional competence.  In addition to providing pastoral care to patients, families, and staff, each participant is encouraged to develop learning objectives relevant to his/her needs. These objectives are addressed through pastoral care experiences, seminars, case conferences, interpersonal group seminars, and individual interviews.

Level I CPE (June 2- August 8, 2014)

  • Ten-week program offered each summer and other times during the year at supervisors' discretion
  • Students may receive academic credit from their respective seminaries
  • Free lodging is available to single students
  • 40 hours per week, plus on-call duty
  • Tuition: $400
  • Application Fee: $35

One Year Residency (September 2014 - August 2015)

  • Offered from September through August each year
  • Stipend: 23, 600
  • Four units of accredited CPE
  • Insurance at group rates, use of fitness center, free housing to single participants, and paid time off
  • 40 hours per week, plus on-call duty
  • Tuition: $300 for first unit, $200 for each successive unit
  • Application fee: $35
  • Prior CPE preferred

Admission Procedure

  • Standard ACPE application available online at or
  • Admission interview by CPE supervisor or qualified person for full-time level I and extended programs
  • A more extensive interview process for the residency 




Chaplain Peggy Matacale

Religious Life Department

Deaconess Hospital
600 Mary Street
Evansville, Indiana 47747

(812) 450-2260