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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Support Team
Support When It’s Needed Most by Kimberly D’Alterio, LGPC   When a priest or religious completes residential treatment and prepares to leave Saint Luke Institute, colleagues, friends, and family can have the temptation to think that person’s work is “done.”  That is, they may believe the client is healed, the challenges that brought the individual to treatment are fully resolved, and these issues will not return in the future. They may assume treatment has “fixed” ...
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Changing Times
  This year Saint Luke Institute celebrates its 40th anniversary. When one considers all that has changed since we first opened our doors, it is remarkable. Founded in 1977, Saint Luke began as a small outpatient alcohol treatment center for clergy and religious. Today it is a full-service facility that works hard to stay on the cutting edge of compassionate care. Looking back, one thing is clear: Programs may change, but ...
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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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Diagnosing Adult Autism: Case Study (Sr. Monica)
Lukenotes, Spring 2017 Main article | PDF for download (article + case study) Lukenotes archives Sister Monica received a message from her superior, asking her to meet later in the day about something that was very important.   Immediately, Sr. Monica began to feel anxious. She had a good relationship with Sr. Mary. She found her compassionate, but she could tell by the tone of her voice that the meeting was serious. Sr. Monica finished up her paperwork at ...
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Diagnosing Adult Autism
Lukenotes, Spring 2017 Case study | PDF for download (article + case study) Lukenotes archives Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a term increasingly heard in the news and other public forums. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a notable increase in the number of ASD diagnoses, from 1 in 150 children in 2000 to 1 in 68 children by 2012. The increase likely is not due to more cases, ...
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