Workshop: "Psychological and Spiritual Pitfalls and Possibilities on the Contemplative Path" with Br. Bede Healey


The Center for Religion & Spirituality invite you to this public workshop with Brother Bede Healey, OSB Cam, Ph.D. 

We begin this journey with an open heart, a willingness to proceed as God leads. However, we must anticipate that this journey, like all important journeys we embark on, will have its fits and starts. Using these three questions:

1) Who am I?

2) Whose am I?

3) Who am I for?

We will review our past and seek to understand how our answers to these three questions change over time. Significant change is never easy. Issues of trust, belief, doubt, often keep coming up. Our own so-called self-talk is especially troublesome. We will explore from a psychological and spiritual perspective how to tenderly and compassionately care for our wayward ways and our recalcitrant parts, those aspects of us which are afraid of moving forward into the unknown. We are not on this journey alone, and over time we can surrender those lofty ideals we hold of who we need to become, and accept the invitation to love ourselves as we are, as God knows and loves us. From this comes an increasing sense of freedom and experiencing ourselves as truly real.

To Attend
Registration is open (click Buy Tickets button). For information, please contact the Center at 310-338-2799 or

About Br. Bede
Brother Bede J. Healey, OSB Cam, Ph.D. is a Camaldolese Benedictine monk of Incarnation Monastery in Berkeley, and a presenter and Spiritual Director at the School of Applied Theology of the Graduate Theological Union, also in Berkeley. Previous to his assignment here Bede was at New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur for 20 years. He has served in various capacities including Formation Director, Oblate Chaplain, and Council member, Cellarer and Vice Prior. He provides spiritual direction and offers a retreat ministry focused on monastic and contemplative issues as well as the intersection of spirituality and psychology. Bede is also a clinical psychologist. He trained and worked at the Menninger Clinic, where he was a staff psychologist, the Director of the Division of Religion and Psychiatry, and held the Ishak Ramsey Professorship at the Karl Menninger School of Mental Health Sciences. In these capacities, he has written and presented widely on psychological and spiritual issues, including sexuality, trauma, ministerial self-care, issues, disorders and treatment in religious professionals, working with religious issues in therapy. He has provided psychological assessments for religious and ministerial candidates, and consulted with religious communities and dioceses. He has a keen interest in the relationship between spirituality and psychology, as well as in exploring the contemplative dimension in everyday life.

Saturday, October 5 at 9:00am to 2:00pm

University Hall, 1859
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Event Type

Speakers and Seminars


LMU Extension, Center for Religion and Spirituality


Extension Ministry Studies


$45 per person




Event Registration Required

This event requires registration.