Monsignor Chester Michael, a Roman Catholic priest since 1942, has a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) from St. Mary’s University in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to serving as pastor to four different parishes in Virginia and as a seminary rector, Monsignor Michael devoted a substantial part of his priestly ministry to spiritual direction as director of the Spiritual Renewal Center of Richmond and led numerous retreats and programs throughout Virginia. He was actively involved as a Spiritual Director in the Cursillo movement of Central Virginia. Prior to his retirement, Monsignor Michael also founded the Spiritual Direction Institute (SDI) and trained over 500 women and men through the two-year course. To this day, the Spiritual Direction Institute continues the work of Monsignor Michael training Spiritual Directors in Virginia.
Monsignor Michael has authored numerous publications including: Prayer and Temperament, Different Prayer Forms for Different Personality Types (1991); An Introduction to Spiritual Direction (2004); A New Day (updated 2011); The Human Side of Jesus (currently undergoing updating); A Christian Worldview (2002,2010); and Arise: Jungian Insights for the Christian Journey (updated 2012). He also wrote numerous essays under the Open Door. These works will be available on this website in the near future.
Father Chet’s Two Favorite Quotes from The Bible
We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) RSV
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21) RSV