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 ...
Read More »
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 ...
Read More »
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 ...
Read More »
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 ...
Read More »
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 ...
Read More »
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 ...
Read More »
Terry and Jeannie Lindsay Receive 2017 Saint Luke Award
Terry and Jeannie Lindsay Receive National Award   Charles T. “Terry” and Jeannie Lindsay received the 2017 Saint Luke Award from Saint Luke Institute during a benefit held at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 16.   The Saint Luke Award is given annually to a person or persons whose professional life or charitable works embody the ideals of the Institute: the rebuilding of the spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual life of ...
Read More »
New Aging and Memory Evaluation
Over 47.5 million adults suffer from declines in memory and thinking. While many people may assume cognitive decline in older adults is due to dementia, there are a number of possible causes: psychological, neurological and physical.    A comprehensive evaluation is an important step for diagnosis and determining the appropriate treatment.    Saint Luke Institute's new Aging and Memory Evaluation is a three-week evaluation at our main center in Silver Spring, Maryland. The assessment ...
Read More »
Saint Luke Mourns Death of William Mann, Founding Chairman of the Board
It was with great sorrow that we learned of the passing of Mr. William Mann, the founding Chairman of the Board for Saint Luke Institute. He was instrumental in the vision and development of Saint Luke Institute from our first days 40 years ago and he continued, with his wife Anna, to encourage and support our mission.   As with many people, Bill’s interest in psychological treatment began when someone who was ...
Read More »
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. ...
Read More »