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Spiritual Life 

A Ministry of Mutuality & Befriending

Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads is an accredited site for Clinical Pastoral Education. CPE is a professional theological training program that helps students from all faith traditions learn pastoral skills and develop genuine pastoral relationships with older adults in a supervised clinical setting. A theological emphasis in our program is a ministry of mutuality and befriending. Relationships are developed that respect and receive the gifts of the other. Thanks to the financial support of the Goodwin House Foundation, Goodwin House can offer this unique and meaningful training, which benefits GH residents, the CPE students, and the communities where the students ultimately serve.

CPE students have the opportunity to learn in GH’s unique communities that value older adults and provide compassionate services to them. Seminars cover depression, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and the care of frail elders. This milieu provides a wide range of opportunity for learning about mutuality in pastoral care and counseling, extending from residents to their families and to the staff who care for them. Students learn by engaging in ongoing pastoral support, hospital visits, crisis and transition intervention, group leadership, public worship, and pastoral administration. Graduates take what they learn from elders at GH into their own diverse ministry settings.

Goodwin House began CPE in 1998. It is the only CPE site in Northern Virginia and one of about 350 centers in the U.S. CPE is a requirement for ordination for many denominations for the training of pastoral/spiritual ministry. GH residents support CPE through their involvement with students, membership on the CPE Professional Advisory Group, serving as professional consultants, presenting seminars, and financial gifts that support the students and the ongoing CPE program.

Rev. Daniel R. Duggan is the Director of Clinical Pastoral Education, ext. 7576 

Chaplain Liz Pomerleau is the Supervisory Education Student, ext. 7195


Students working at Goodwin House, summer 2018.

Catherine Cox

Catherine is currently a seminarian at Virginia Theological Seminary and is a postulant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church. She came to Virginia from Oregon with her husband of ten years, Jim, and two cats, Sophie and Toby. Catherine lived for 25 years in Texas before moving to Oregon in 2008. She and Jim have seven adult children living all over the country and in Japan.

Catherine grew up in Kansas City, Mo., received a BA from Mount Holyoke College, and an MFA from the University of Texas in Austin. Before being called to the priesthood, she taught Theatre and Dance privately as well as these and other subjects in public school. Her favorite activities are visiting gardens and museums, taking voice lessons, and listening to and singing Baroque and Classical music.



Colleen Schiefelbein

Colleen has just completed her first of three years at Virginia Theological Seminary. She is working towards a Master's in Divinity to become an Episcopal priest. Colleen is the mother of four children ages 17, 13, 10 and 7 months. She has 2 girls and 2 boys. Her husband, Pete, recently retired from the U.S. Marine Corps with 24 years of service. She and her family have enjoyed living and exploring many different places. Colleen looks forward to meeting you.






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