Being Human Podcast - Episode 93: Becoming Like God for Others, w/ Fr. Boniface Hicks (Certification Series: Part 10 of 12)

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 93 of the Being Human Podcast: Becoming Like God for Others, w/ Fr. Boniface Hicks (Certification Series: Part 10 of 12)

This week on the podcast, Dr. Greg is switching things up by welcoming as a guest to the show Fr. Boniface Hicks: Benedictine monk, Director of Spiritual Formation at St. Vincent Seminary, and an author of one of the books used in our new Certification!

Together, Dr. Greg and Fr. Boniface explore the topic of spiritual direction, accompaniment, Mentorship, and the content of the fourth-level spirituality course in our Certification. 

Discussed in this episode:

  • What is spiritual direction and how is it different from other relationships?
  • Qualities needed to become a spiritual director along with common challenges faced by those who pursue this path; 
  • Connections and overlap between spiritual direction and Mentorship; 
  • The importance of silence and the need to cultivate a posture of listening to another; 
  • Silence as a means of reflecting and imaging the love of God to others;
  • Resisting the temptation to “be the guru” or have all the answers when accompanying others;  
  • Praying with clients in session: is it a necessary part of Catholic therapy?
  • The need to have a disposition of reverence for the uniqueness of each individual’s interior journey;
  • Fr. Boniface’s personal journey of developing a comfortability with silence.  


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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 six 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.