St. Catherine’s Williams recognized with CPE award

Pictured, left to right, are: Ramel Cuenca, ICPT Director of Pastoral Education; Doug Williams; Dr. Chuck Underwood, ICPT Accreditation Counsel, Belhaven University; and Ty Alday, ICPT CEO.

Recently, Doug Williams, D. Med/D. Min, received the Dr. Richard C. Cabot, MD, award. The presentation, held in Jacksonville, FL, is awarded to only one recipient annually and recognizes “Excellence in Clinical Pastoral Education” (CPE).

St. Catherine Hospital’s nationally accredited CPE program emphasizes developing pastoral skills and strengths. Clergy, church workers, and other people-centered professionals use this training.

Chaplain Williams directs the CPE program at St. Catherine.  He underscores that while the award came to him, recognition goes to the staff and students at St. Catherine.

“We certainly work as a unit.  It simply would not be a stellar program if it rode on one person’s shoulders,” Williams said. “Dedicated contributions by a team earned this recognition.”

Richard Cabot (1868-1939) pioneered several medical advances and advocated for holistic patient treatment. Noting their needs and improved healing rates, he insisted patients also receive social and spiritual support. He committed to personally paying for those supports until health care facilities caught his vision.

For more information on the CPE Program, please call (620) 275-2512.