The Imperfection of Perfectionism: Case Study
Lukenotes, Spring 2019   Main article | PDF for download (article + case study) Lukenotes archives   Case Study: Father John Father John, 35, recently was assigned to be parochial vicar for an active suburban parish. He previously had been in a smaller parish.   Father Michael, the pastor at his new assignment, began to notice that Fr. John seemed constantly stressed, irritable, and absent-minded. He observed that he was chronically late for meetings and appeared unprepared and anxious.   Fr. Michael ...
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The Imperfection of Perfectionism
Lukenotes, Spring 2019   Case study | PDF for download (article + case study) Lukenotes archives   Most successful people set very high standards for themselves. They use these guidelines or principles for comparison or approval, or to measure achievement.   Standards can stimulate personal growth and push a person to reach a peak level of performance, ideally bringing enjoyment and developing confidence. Problems arise, though, when the standards a person sets for herself or for others are unrealistically ...
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Gratitude as a Daily Practice: Case Study
  Lukenotes, Winter 2018   Main article | PDF for download (article + case study) Lukenotes archives   Father Tom requested to come to treatment. Nine months earlier his mother had died, leaving him with no direct family. At the time, he immediately felt a significant decline in his mood, almost like he had fallen off a cliff. He told himself this was normal grief, but instead, “normal” just seemed to worsen with time.   He grew concerned when ...
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Gratitude as a Daily Practice
  Lukenotes, Winter 2018   Case study | PDF for download (article + case study) Lukenotes archives   One may define gratitude as “the quality of being thankful.” Alternatively, we can think of it as an attitude, emotion, personal trait, or behavioral practice.   However it is conceived, the quality of being grateful is a foundational component of daily social exchange and can carry deep meaning both on interpersonal and intrapersonal levels.   Perhaps not coincidentally, when learning a new language, “thanks” is ...
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Managing Stress
Managing Stress in Times of Crisis In this time of deep pain in the Church, you might experience complex reactions such as confusion, anger, and hurt.   These emotional stressors can impact your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. While no one can eliminate all stress from their environments, you can learn to recognize and cope with them to minimize their impact on daily life. Indeed, the solution may be as simple as changing ...
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Support Team: Case Study
CASE STUDY  by Father Ken Phillips, TOR   Father Richard had just finished six months of residential treatment at Saint Luke Institute. Now it was time for him to assemble his support team. One of the people he asked to serve on it was Mary, a former parishioner who had also worked for him as his secretary.   Mary knew little about the reasons Fr. Richard went to Saint Luke for treatment, but she knew ...
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Is it ADHD?: Case Study
Lukenotes, Winter 2017 Main article | PDF for download (article + case study) Lukenotes archives Father Alex came to Saint Luke Institute for an evaluation at the request of his diocese’s vicar for clergy. Father had gone to him, feeling his priesthood was falling apart. He was stressed, could not seem to manage time, kept jumping between projects, and felt completely overwhelmed.    During his evaluation, the 42-year-old priest’s speech was rambling and a little impulsive. He ...
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Is it ADHD?
Lukenotes, Winter 2017 Case study | PDF for download (article + case study) Lukenotes archives I recently stumbled upon a quote that struck me: “The essence of verification is the convergence of multiple lines of reasoning at a singular point.” At the time, I thought that it was catchy and might come in handy one day. Then it dawned on me: “That’s exactly the approach that I use to diagnose ADHD.” ADHD, or ...
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Cultural Identity and International Ministers: Case Study
Lukenotes, Summer 2017 Main article | PDF for download (article + case study) Lukenotes archives Father Charles grew up in a large family in a small town in Nigeria. His parents were not wealthy, but had a deep faith. They took their eight children to Mass every Sunday and often during the week, and prayed the rosary together every evening.   They were very proud of their eldest son when he announced he was becoming a priest. ...
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Cultural Identity and International Ministers
Lukenotes, Summer 2017 Case study | PDF for download (article + case study) Lukenotes archives With over one-third of U.S. parishes identified as multicultural, 25 percent of newly ordained priests born in other nations, and 10,000 international religious ministering or studying in the U.S. (CARA), diversity enriches and challenges pastoral ministry.   Successful ministry in this diverse environment calls for acculturation – adaptation to a new culture through the adoption of values and customs while retaining ...
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