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.
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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.