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Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor Information

Father John (Jack) T. Crabb, SJ, Manager of Spiritual Care and Director of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Fr. Jack came to UVM Medical Center as a contract CPE Supervisor in the summer of 2012. He became the fulltime Manager of Spiritual Care and Director of Clinical Pastoral Education in October 2012.

He was born in Bangor, Maine and lived in South Portland, Maine for many years before going to Boston College. There he received an AB in Classics.

After graduating he entered the New England Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). In his early years as a Jesuit he taught at Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, MA. He did his theology studies at Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago and returned to Connolly High as an administrative assistant to the principal.

He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in the Jesuit Order and has taken Final Vows. He received his Masters in Administration and Supervision from Fordham and became the first Academic Assistant Principal at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School in Houston Texas.

Returning to New England, Fr. Jack was the Director of Admissions at Fairfield College Preparatory School (Fairfield CT) for thirteen years prior to becoming the Resident Chaplain at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen MA for five years. There he began his supervisory education training after completing the units for chaplain certification.

Fr. Jack was certified as a chaplain with National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) in 1997. He has served as the administrator and treasurer of Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester MA for four years. For a portion of that time and beyond he was doing CPE supervision at Beverly Hospital in Beverly MA (8 years).

Fr. Jack was the founding director of the CPE Program at Mercy Hospital in Portland Maine. In 2003 Jack was certified a CPE Supervisor by NACC and in 2010 a CPE Supervisor by ACPE. Fr. Jack has a love for parish ministry as he has done weekend supply for a number of years in local parishes, having stayed with two different parishes for a total of six years.

Fr. Jack brings solid knowledge of the chaplain certification process as for six years he was a member of the NACC Certification Commission, the last three as Chair of the Certification Commission. Currently, he serves as an elected member on the NACC Board of Directors. In the Northeast Region ACPE Fr. Jack currently serves as the region's Secretary and is a member of the Accreditation Committee. He has contributed his skills for detail and organization by being the editor of the CPE Fair Booklet that each year is given out to seminarians and others in New England.

Fr. Jack maintains an open door policy and encourages students to contact him whenever they have concerns. His mantra is "open, honest, direct, immediate and imperfect." He especially likes the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson that states "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." His overarching philosophy is the Ignatian principle to take an individual where that person is and to see God's grace and giftedness within the person.

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