Bruce Pierce

Current ministry and responsibilities:

Priest Licensed in the Diocese
Director of Education, Saint Luke’s Home Education Centre, Northridge House, Castle Avenue Mahon, Cork since  October 2008
Co-ordinator and presenter of the Bishop’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies since 2006
Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Cork

Wider Church:

Chairperson, Chaplaincy Accreditation Board

Contact details:

Telephone: 021 435 9444 (ex. 507)
Email: click here


Ordained Deacon in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin in 1989
Ordained Priest in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin in 1990

Education / Qualifications:

Trinity College, Dublin, Bachelor of Business Studies, 1976 – 1980
Trinity College, Dublin, Bachelor of Theology, 1986 – 1989
All Hallows, Dubin, M.A. (Pastoral Leadership) 1997 – 1999
Dublin City University, M.A. (Healthcare Chaplaincy) 2000 – 2002
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(Irl.) 2007
CPE Supervisor ACPE(Irl) 2008
Accredited Healthcare Chaplain, 2009, Chaplaincy Accreditation Board.

Previous parishes:

Raheny & Coolock (Curate Assistant), Dublin, 1989 – 1992
Taney (Curate Assistant), Dublin, 1992 – 1993
Lucan & Leixlip(Rector), Glendalough, 1993 -1998
Adelaide & Meath Hospital (Chaplain), Dublin, 1998 –2002
Haarlem (Assistant Priest), Europe, 2001 – 2002
Toronto General Hospital (Clinical Pastoral Education Resident), 2002 – 2005
University Health Network (Staff Chaplain), Toronto, 2003 – 2005
Princess Margaret Hospital & Toronto General Hospital (Acting Manager of Chaplaincy Departments) 2004 – 2005
CPE Associate Supervisor (under auspices of ACPE (Irl.)at Kerry General Hospital, Tralee, Co. Kerry 2006 -2008

Published Work:

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, Pierce B, Koning F, Jadad A.

The Carer 2006 Issue 37
Spiritual Assessment Tools – Burden or Bonus

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