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Release: Aug. 19, 2002

Chaplains to graduate from residency program at UI Hospitals and Clinics

A graduation ceremony for chaplains who have completed a residency at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is scheduled for noon Friday, Aug. 23 in the East Room on the 8th level of the John Colloton Pavilion.

The residents are completing their training in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Completion of the yearlong program is required for certification as an institutional chaplain. Participants receive education about pastoral practice in a clinical setting under supervision. The program integrates knowledge of health care, ethics and behavioral sciences into pastoral services for hospitalized patients and their loved ones.

This year's graduates include Willy Mafata, originally from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo but now residing in Iowa City; the Rev. Songjoon Park, pastor of the United Methodist Church in Riverside, Iowa; and the Rev. Elisa Stokka, a Lutheran minister from Oslo, Norway.

Richard Dobyns, M.D., associate professor (clinical) in the UI department of family medicine and a member of the UI Hospitals and Clinics Pastoral Education Advisory Committee, will address the graduates.

For more information about the graduation ceremony or CPE, contact F. Larry Shostrom, Ph.D., coordinator of pastoral services, at (319) 356-7093, or visit online at

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