Gillespie, C. Kevin

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GILLESPIE, C. Kevin


PERSONAL: Son of Francis John (a food service worker) and Sara (a nurse; maiden name, Cullen) Gillespie. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: St. Joseph's College, B.S., 1972; Duquesne University, M.A., 1974; Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA, M.Div., 1986, S.T.M., 1989; Boston University, Ph.D., 1998. Religion: Roman Catholic.


ADDRESSES: Home—Jesuit Residence, Loyola College, 4501 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210. Offıce—Graduate Program in Pastoral Counseling, Loyola College in Maryland, 7135 Minstrel Way, Suite 302, Columbia, MD 21045; fax: 410-617-7644. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER: Ordained Roman Catholic priest of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits); Loyola College in Maryland, Columbia, MD, assistant professor of pastoral counseling, 1996—, and associate chair for pastoral and international studies and director of program for Asian assistance for counseling and consultation. St. John's University, resident scholar at Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, 2000. Transplant Resource Center of Maryland, member of board of directors, 1997-2000; Pastoral Services of Maryland, member of board of directors, 2000—.


MEMBER: American Association of Pastoral Counselors (fellow).


WRITINGS:


Psychology and American Catholicism: From Confession to Therapy? Crossroad Publishing (New York, NY), 2001.

Contributor to books, including Handbook of Spirituality for Ministers, edited by Robert J. Wicks, Paulist Press (Mahwah, NJ), Volume 1, 1994, Volume 2, 2000. Contributor to periodicals, including Journal of Christian Healing and Theoforum. Editor, Pastoral Currents, 1997-99.

SIDELIGHTS: C. Kevin Gillespie told CA: "Like a horse that keeps its nose to the wind, I seek to sense the currents of cultural and religious changes as they impact spiritual and psychological consciousness among individuals and institutions. As a Catholic Jesuit priest who specializes in pastoral counseling, my ministerial identity represents both a means and a challenge to keep abreast of such shifts and their implications.

"As for the writing process, I generally like to write early in the morning when I am most open to receive creative ideas as well as to have the focused concentration by which to develop them. I also tend to organize my writing around subsections or 'movements,' the way a composer structures a musical piece. I tend to leave editorial work for the afternoons or evenings. Finally, I am most grateful for 'Spell-Check!'

"I continue to seek pathways for integrating themes pertaining to psychology and theology/counseling and spirituality. More and more I see this interest as taking on global expressions and forms. For example, I have given presentations at institutions in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Manila. As the director of our department's international programs, I hope to present future programs at institutions in India and parts of Africa."


BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:


periodicals


America, October 29, 2001, James Fredericks, review of Psychology and American Catholicism: From Confession to Therapy? p. 25.

Commonweal, March 22, 2002, Lawrence S. Cunningham, review of Psychology and American Catholicism, p. 27.

First Things, December, 2001, Gerry Rauch, review of Psychology and American Catholicism, p. 61.

Journal of Religion, July, 2002, Andrew M. Greeley, review of Psychology and American Catholicism, p. 516.

Library Journal, June 15, 2001, John-Leonard Berg, review of Psychology and American Catholicism, p. 79.

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