Module 3

Christian Psychology and Integration

From the New Ratio Fundamentalis:

“Ordination is the goal of a genuinely completed spiritual journey, that has gradually helped the seminarian to become aware of the call he has received and the characteristics that pertain to priestly identity, allowing him to reach the necessary human, Christian and priestly maturity” (#58).

“The concept of integral formation is of the greatest importance … The one called is an ‘integral subject’ … It is necessary to adopt an integrated pedagogical model in order to reach this objective: a journey that allows the formative community to cooperate with the action of the Holy Spirit, ensuring a proper balance between the different dimensions of formation” (#92).

“Human formation, being the foundation of all priestly formation, promotes the integral growth of the person and allows the integration of all its dimensions… psychologically it focuses on the constitution of a stable personality, characterized by emotional balance, self-control and a well integrated sexuality” (#94).

“In order for his training to be fruitful, it is important that every seminarian be aware of his own life history, and be ready to share it with his formators. This would include … his ability to establish mature and well balanced interpersonal relationships, or his lack thereof, and his ability to handle positively moments of solitude” (#94).

“In the field of psychology, this contribution is valuable both for the formators and for the seminarians principally in two areas: in the assessment of personality … and in therapeutic accompaniment … to assist in growth in human maturity” (#147).


  • Dr. Suzanne Baars, Ph.D. LPC-S, LMFT, LCDC, Baars Institute and In His Image Counseling Center
  • Mr. Paul Ruff, M.A., St. Paul Seminary, MN

Main Points:

  • St. Thomas Aquinas’ understanding of human passions and affectivity
  • The role of psychology in formation
  • Psychological issues and remedies (e.g. family of origin, psycho-sexual, affective maturity)


November 2 – 6 , 2022 (Wednesday afternoon through Sunday afternoon)