Activities for March and Beyond

We started CPE this week for our Summer Intensive with 7 trainees. We had some changes in our follow-on units due to schedules of some trainees. This list updates these changes.

March 12:  Start of Summer Intensive

March 29:  Training at Center Hope for Women

April 15:  Mid-term Eval

May 10:  Commissioning

June (perhaps June 3)   Orientation for new CPE Unit

June 11   Start of CPO


In our partnership with Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary (PBTS), we are happy to have the first graduates of the new Pastoral Care programs at PBTS. They are the first in decades.  We are justifiably pleased and proud.

—MDiv-PC:        Daniel Spaeth

—MA-PC:            Dorina Belran

Christine Fodra


February Updates

We haven’t put in updates in awhile. But that doesn’t mean that nothing has happened.

In January we had:

  • Board Meeting of CPSP-Philippines hosted at Bukal Life Care
  • Gift-giving to inmates at La Trinidad District Jail
  • Completion of two groups of CPE trainees
  • Hosted Case Presentation led by Dr. Raymond Lawrence, General Secretary of CPSP
  • Hosted signing of new Memorandum of Agreement between CPSP and CPSP-Philippines

Looking into upcoming activities… here are a few.

  • February 11.  Presentation by one of our trainees, Daniel Spaeth, of Family Life History Thesis. This will be the first such thesis done as part of the M.Div-PC program at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary (this is a program that we partner with PBTS on).
  • February 17.  Parenting Seminar in La Trinidad (we are joining as panel members)
  • March 11.  Start of Summer Intensive Full Unit CPE
  • April 15.  Start of Summer Intensive Half Unit CPE
  • May 27.  Start of Palliative Care CPE

CPSP-Philippine Plenary scheduled to happen soon… but waiting for more details.


Christmas Break

Greetings to all. Our courses are on break. Both our present CPE group and our CPO group will start up again in Mid-January. However, we will be at the Lide-Walker Conference at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary January 7-9.

February, we will be hosting Dr. Raymond Lawrence from CPSP.

Although we are on break, we are still available for consultation. Please email us at

CPE Group Second Semester

CPE group 2018 NovemberThis is our CPE team during second semester here at Bukal. From left to right.

  • Aaron             CPE Trainee
  • Vo                    CPE Supervisor-in-Training
  • Celia                CPE Diplomate
  • Lyn                  CPE Supervisor-in-Training
  • Matthew         CPE Trainee
  • Mike                PC Thesis
  • Bhab                CPE Trainee
  • Medo               CPE Trainee
  • Xander            CPE Trainee
  • Crista               CPE Trainee

CPE and More in October 2018

On October 15 we started a new CPE group. We have 6 trainees. They have Vo and Lyn as SITs for the trainees. The left image below is on the first day of CPE. We also have 3 trainees for CPO led by Bob and Celia.

The right picture was taken in the office of Dr. Pagara, dean of the School of Theology at Central Philippine University. We were meeting with Dr. Cal Sodoay, a partner in CPE.  The picture includes Doc Cal, Celia, Bob, Doc Gibbs, and Dr. Pagara. The trip, including Doc Lyn, and several CPE members in Iloilo was on October 4-7.

October Updates

October 4-7             Iloilo Trip

October 9                Start of Clinical Pastoral Orientation (CPO)

October 15               Start of CPE. 9am

October 26-27          Dumaguete Trip

November               Welcoming Dr. Dickens

January                    Welcoming Dr. Lawrence