Adjunct Faculty

Fr. Henry Ormond, O.Carm.

DSPT Adjunct Professor - Fr. Henry Ormond, O.Carm.

Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Counseling



BA, St. Mary's College of California; MS, San Francisco State University; MA, Duquesne University; PhD, United States International University.


The glory of God is a person fully alive. ~ St. Irenaeus

Fr. Henry trusts God's action in people. His life is devoted to the psychological and spiritual integration of people’s lives, both in pastoral counseling and spiritual direction. Fr. Henry engages his students to develop an understanding of the richness and importance of dealing with the emotional and psychological dimensions of life that contribute to effective ministry. His methodology combines Socratic questioning with reflection on personal experience. He believes that learning happens in seeing the relationship between new information and what is already understood through personal experience. Fr. Henry brings over thirty years of experience as teacher, psychotherapist, and spiritual director to ministry with people in a variety of denominations and states of life.

The courses Fr. Henry teaches are Issues in Pastoral Counseling and Advanced Issues in Pastoral Counseling. He formerly has taught courses in theories of counseling and psychotherapy, supervised practicum, professional ethics and legal issues in counseling, marriage and family counseling, and spiritual direction. Fr. Henry completed his doctoral studies in existential therapy with Viktor Frankl, MD, and post-doctoral studies in Family Systems Theory and Therapy with Murray Bowen, MD.

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Research Interests:

Fr. Henry is currently working on a book that builds a contemporary bridge to the spiritual classic of St. Terésa of Avila, The Interior Castle. He is investigating the psychological dynamics of the journey she describes through the "Seven Mansions" as being a journey towards intimacy with God that is both desired and at times fearful.

Select Publications:

  • "Being Yourself and Belonging to God: Dealing with the Many Hungers of the Human Heart." Paper presented in Rome, 2001. Forthcoming publication.