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January 17, 2010

The Rev. Dr. Richard Liew Retires by Steven Voytovich


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The Rt. Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano, newly elevated to the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, offering prayer at Richard’s retirement; The Rev. Dr. Cecily Broderick y Guerra, Vice President of Pastoral Care, assists in the retirement ceremony.

On December 15, 2009, Richard Liew retired from Episcopal Health Services (EHS) after fifteen years of service. Not only did Richard establish Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in what was a system with about 8 different facilities located at three campuses, but in the last ten years launched indigenous CPE training in numerous regions around the world.

Episcopal Health Services (EHS) is the third CPE program Richard built from the ground up during his thirty years as a CPE supervisor, including establishing a CPE program ministering to migrant farm workers in the CT River Valley in 1974, and building a Pastoral Care and Education Department at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center/Westchester Division from 1990-1994.

Richard holds doctoral degrees including a Ph.D in Pastoral Psychology and a D.Min. in CPE Supervision. He was honored by Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) as International Clinical Pastoral Educator in 2001, and recognized for Outstanding Achievement in pastoral care and counseling by EHS and the Diocese of Long Island in 2006. Richard served as Convener of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy's National Clinical Training Seminar from 1997-2000 and President of CPSP from 2004-2006.

Originally from Malaysia, Richard has most recently been very active and visible at the international level including representing CPSP and the development of indigenous CPE. Richard served on the Coordinating Committee of the International Congress for Pastoral Care and Counseling (ICPCC) beginning in 1999. He represented the AAPC, ACPE, NACC, APC, and CPSP.

Richard has been directly engaged in indigenous CPE in countries too numerous to list, has encouraged many others to enter this creative milieu, and will be continuing to offer his talents here following his retirement from EHS. The NY/NJ Chapter invites our CPSP community to celebrate in Richard Liew a very real example of creativity that CPSP was established to foster and support!

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NY/NJ Chapter Members gathered with Richard and current CPSP President Francine Angel Hernandez: left to right:
Rev. Dr. Steven Voytovich former EHS trainee and CPSP Diplomate; Sr. Rosina Ampah, indigenous SIT from Ghana; Imam Luqman Shahid, SIT in Muslim indigenous CPE; Rev. Dr. Richard Liew; Rev. Dr. John deVelder, COMISS and past CPSP President, NY/NJ Chapter Convener; Rev. Joel Warner, retired EHS CPE Supervisor; The Rev. Dr. Curt Hart, CPSP Diplomate; The Rev. Francine Angel Hernandez, CPSP President and EHS CPE Supervisor.
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Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at January 17, 2010 11:04 PM

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