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Founder Monsignor Chet Michael

Founder Monsignor Chet Michael

Author Monsignor Chester P. Michael, S.T.D.

Monsignor Chester P. Michael, a Roman Catholic priest since 1942, has a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) from St Mary’s University, Baltimore, Maryland. He directed the Spiritual Renewal Center of the Richmond Diocese, VA;  offered retreats, workshops, and spiritual direction; and founded the Spiritual Direction Institute in Charlottesville, VA.

Books authored by Monsignor Michael:

Monsignor Chester P. Michael 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.

In 1975, after three years of graduate study in theology and scripture, Monsignor Michael 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.

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Author Monsignor Chester Michael

Author Monsignor Chester Michael