Being Human Podcast - Episode 105: How to Build a Healthy, Holy Family, w/ Dr. Gregory Popcak

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 105 of the Being Human Podcast: How to Build a Healthy, Holy Family, w/ Dr. Gregory Popcak

Dr. Greg welcomes fellow colleague Dr. Gregory Popcak to the show to break open exactly what is meant by the phrase “domestic church,” why it’s important for families to see themselves as one, and how implementing a “liturgy of family life” is a path towards creating healthy and holy families. 

Discussed in this episode:

  • Introducing Dr. Gregory Popcak, the Pastoral Solutions Institute, and the CatholicHOM app; 
  • Common misconceptions of what is required to be a “good Catholic family”;
  • Definition of the term “domestic church” and exploration of how families can live out a domestic spirituality;  
  • The implications of the family being instituted by God rather than invented by man;  
  • The single most important ministry that married Catholics can engage in;
  • How family life is meant as a channel of grace through which personal and global healing can be found; 
  • Exploration of the three building blocks of the “liturgy of domestic church life”;
  • The importance of showing affection, and how attachment wounds can prevent parents from doing so; 
  • The power of family rituals in transmitting faith and values to children;
  • How living a liturgy of domestic church life is possible for all families, whether intact, adoptive, divorced, single parent, grandparent, or foster family; 
  • The importance of the quality of conversations with family members;
  • A discipline approach that helps children know how to make good decisions and seek help when needed without parents giving up authority; 


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About Dr. Greg and the CatholicPsych Institute

Dr. Bottaro is a clinical psychologist and founder of the CatholicPsych Institute. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a graduate school that integrates Catholic philosophy and theology with sound, empirically validated psychology.

Before his degree, Dr. Bottaro discerned a religious vocation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs). He lived four years in the Bronx, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi. Under the mentorship of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, this experience helped him form a spirituality based on Abandonment to Divine Providence which he now applies to psychological principles in his practice. He learned from Fr. Benedict how to discern God's voice and live a life in service to others.

Six years after leaving NYC as a friar, he returned as a psychologist. The CatholicPsych Institute began there in 2012 and has since grown to 5 offices with 12 therapists serving clients around the globe.

Dr. Bottaro now lives in Connecticut with his wife Barbra and their seven children. He actively avoids watching the news and spends his free time thinking up crazy new ideas on how to make the world a better place.