Bruce Pierce

Role: Director of Education & Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor

Bruce commenced in the new position as Director of Education during 2008. He brings over 25 years of ministerial experience to the post having worked in both parish and hospital settings. He has worked overseas in both Amsterdam and Toronto. While in Toronto he was Director of Chaplaincy Services for Princess Margaret Hospital which is one of the leading oncology hospitals in North America. Bruce was accredited as a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Supervisor during 2008 and runs an annual extended unit at St. Luke’s from October to February. He also coordinates various pastoral courses including the three year Bishop Course in Pastoral Studies. He maintains an interest in research in the areas of palliative care, supervision and inter faith ministry.

Currently Bruce is Chairperson of both ACPE(Ireland) and Chaplaincy Accreditation Board


Trinity College, Dublin, Bachelor of Business Studies, 1976-1980
Trinity College, Dublin, Bachelor of Theology, 1986-1989
All Hallows, Dublin, M.A. (Pastoral Leadership), 1997-1999
Dublin City University, M.A. (Healthcare Chaplaincy), 2000-2002
RTS Coordinator Training (Gunderson Lutheran Medical Foundation), 2001
Association of Death Education and Counselling CT, Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement, 2006
CAPPE (Canadian Association for Pastoral & Practical Education), Certified Specialist in Pastoral Care, 2007
CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) Associate Supervisor ACPE(Ireland), 2007
CPE Supervisor ACPE(Ireland),2008
Accredited Healthcare Chaplain, 2009, Chaplaincy Accreditation Board. (Equivalency granted)


  • Contributor to HSE Intercultural Guide (2009)
  • American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, (Apr 2009); vol.26: Factors Associated With Work Stress and Professional Satisfaction in Oncology Staff Dougherty E, Pierce B, Ma C, Panzarella T, Rodin G, and Zimmermann C.
  • The Furrow (January 2008) That would be an Ecumenical Matter! Quinlan J, Pierce, B
  • Contributor to ISANDS Guidelines for Professionals, 2007
  • The Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy Spring/Summer 2007 Vol.8 No.1 Putting A Toe into the Waters of Research – A Palliative Care Chaplain’s Perspective
  • Journal of Palliative Care Vol 23:1 (Spring 2007) Staff stress, work satisfaction, and death attitudes on an oncology palliative care unit and on a medical and radiation oncology inpatient unit. Pierce B, Dougherty E, Panzarella T, Rodin G, Zimmermann C.
  • Journal of Pastoral Care and Counselling Vol.60 No.4 (Winter 2006) Spiritual Care as eHealth: A Systematic Review Van Nooten J, Oh H, Pierve B, Koning F, Jadad A.
  • Scottish Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy (2004) Vol.7:2 The introduction, implementation and evaluation of a Spiritual Assessment Tool into a Palliative Care Unit. Pierce B, Koning F.
  • Doctrine & Life (May/June 2004) Hospital Chaplaincy – Context and Change
  • Irish Medical Times (March 26th 2004) Chaplains can enhance patient care
  • Irish Medical Times (March 19th 2004) Spirituality and medicine – the changing role of hospital chaplains
  • Journal of College of Health Care Chaplains (Dec.2003) Vol.4:No.2. Chaplaincy & the Cardiology Patient – A Review
  • Scottish Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy (2003) Vol.6: No.2 Ministry behind a Mark – A Chaplain reflects upon SARS
  • Miscarriage and Stillbirth – a Resource for Families and those who Minister to them.Published by Veritas, Dublin. September 2003
  • Search – a Church of Ireland Journal (Winter 2001). Baptism and those Stillborn – Pastoral Necessity or Theological Nonsense.
  • Journal of College of Health Care Chaplains (June 2001) Vol.3:No.4 Stillbirth and the Evolving Pastoral Responses
  • Search – a Church of Ireland Journal Spring (1992) C.P.E. – Training for Ministry