eeking “to understand and respond to the variety of clinical
programs encountered in ministry,” Sister Anna Celentano
of Congregation Saint John the Baptist, travels from the St. For-
tunata Parish in East New York, Brooklyn, to HUC-JIR’s New
York campus on Mondays. Her mission is to study with clergy
of diverse faith groups in the Doctor of Ministry in Interfaith
Clinical Education for Pastoral Ministry Degree Program.
Sister Anna applied to the program to gain exposure to different
religions and discover other relationships with God – “to see
God from others’ eyes.” Since she began her studies with her
cohort, Sister Anna’s work in pastoral counseling has doubled.
I believe I have an increased capacity to offer compassion and
a deeper presence,” explains Sister Anna. “I am learning to be
with people while retaining personal strength.
has deepened my relationship with God and my experiences
with other human beings.”
Sister Anna Celentano
Interfaith Doctor of Ministry Student/New York
Sister Anna Celentano studies with clergy of all
faiths in the Doctor of Ministry in Interfaith Clinical
Education for Pastoral Ministry Degree Program.
Cantorial student Ben Ellerin
conducts the cantorial student
choir in the performance of his
new composition inspired by
Song of Songs).