Monsignor Chester P. Michael has been a Roman Catholic priest for over 70 years. He was first exposed to the psychology of Carl Jung during graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame in 1956 and has read extensively in Jung and the various modern writers on psychology.
From 1963 to 1970 he was part of a group of psychiatrists and Christian ministers who met each week for a three-hour seminar on the relationship of psychology and religion. He has used the techniques of psychosynthesis, specifically that of Initiated Symbol Projection, during his many years of pastoral counseling and spiritual direction for both individuals and groups.
His first book, The New Day of Christianity, was published by Helicon Press in 1965. In 1975, after three years of graduate study in theology and scripture, he was awarded a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) by St. Mary’s University, Baltimore, Maryland. Msgr. Michael was also Director of the Spiritual Renewal Center of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia. He is now retired, but is still very active in giving retreats, workshops, and spiritual direction, and running the Spiritual Direction Institute and his non-profit organization, The Open Door, Inc.
Besides The New Day of Christianity, Monsignor Michael has authored a number of books:
- Arise: Jungian Insights for the Christian Journey (2012)
- A New Day (1965/2011)
- An Introduction to Spiritual Direction (2004)
- A Christian Worldview (2002)
- A Guide Book for Spiritual Direction and Adult Religious Education (2001)
- The Human Side of Jesus (2001)
- Prayer and Temperament: Different Prayer Forms for Different Personality Types (1991)