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Dr. Patrick J. Divietri, Ph.D.
Dr. DiVietri, the executive director of the Family Life Institute, has been an adjunct professor at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD., the North American Pontifical College, Rome, Italy, and Notre Dame Graduate Institute, Alexandria, VA, and presently at Christendom College, Front Royal, VA.

He is an authority in marriage and family recognized by the Pontifical Council for the Family. Author of comprehensive family-life education and support programs containing a complete theology on marriage. Consummate presenter synthesizes skills from concert performances with family counseling and educational experiences within the Catholic perspective. Dr DiVietri develops workshops and media support for various aspects of family life for engaged couples, parents, and children, priests, lay volunteers, schools and teachers. Interesting, effective and entertaining presentations compliment written materials.

  • Ph.D., Humanities, Interdisciplinary, American Commonwealth University, San Diego, CA
  • MA, Family Counseling, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • Diplomate, Family Counseling, University of Navarre, Pamplona, Spain
  • Continuing Education, John Paul II Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Certified Pastoral Counselor by American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • Pastoral Counseling Educator
Adjunct Professor
  • Christendom College, Front Royal, VA, 2005-present
  • Notre Dame Institute, Alexandria, VA, 2005-2006
  • Mount Saint Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD. (2005-2010)
  • North American Pontifical College, Rome, Italy. (2001-2005)
  • Author marriage preparation, virtue formation and family materials, programs and workshops
  • Christian Married Life Marriage Preparation Series
  • Guide to Pastoral Counseling Series
  • Formation in Christian Love series
  • Preparing for the Gift of Self
  • Publisher, Begotten Not Made
  • Assisted Bishop John Myers in writing his pastoral, "Fathers Make Known to Children You Faithfulness"
  • Founder and Executive Director: Family Life Institute, (1997-Present)
  • Co-founder Institute Thomistic Psychology, (2007-Present)
Vatican Collaborations
  • "Third Meeting for Institutes of Higher Learning for Family Life and Bioethics Centers, "Pontifical Council for the Family, Vatican City, 2/15-18/2000
  • Member: Conference on Globalization and the Family, "Pontifical Council for the Family, Vatican City, 11/26-29/2000
Former Directorships
  • Associate Director, Office of Family Life, Diocese of Peoria, IL, (1993-1998)
  • Formation Director, OCDS, (1985-1993)