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About Me

Passionate about Transformation

Paul spent seven years in Jesuit seminary, where he had the opportunity to study and serve as a teacher, spiritual director, and chaplain in social service agencies, jails, and Jesuit high schools & universities. His calling to the Jesuits was inspired by a deep interest in contemplative spirituality and passion for social justice.

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Paul decided to leave the seminary and the Catholic Church due to the harm he witnessed the institutional Church commit towards his mother and other women and marginalized groups. Paul discerned to leave the seminary and the religion that he was raised in, which was a difficult transition and decision to make. However, it was one of the best decisions of his life, which has led him to a spiritual practice that is beyond religion.

Soon after departing the Jesuits, Paul read and was influenced by spiritual teachers like Alan Watts, Krishnamurti, Sri Aurobindo, and Parmahansa Yogananda, etc. It was both a transformative and expansive time moving from a belief system to a direct experience of higher consciousness through daily meditation. In May 2020, Paul began his year and half training of learning how to meditate within an ancient Yoga tradition.

In January of 2021, Paul began a Masters in East-West Psychology (EWP) with certification in Spiritual Counseling at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). While at CIIS, Paul received training to become a scholar-practitioner, which means his academic studies of Eastern spiritual traditions and Western Psychology have practical application in the work he does with his clients. Paul began his studies in Thanatology (the study of death, dying and bereavement) in January 2023, with the goal of being a guide for those wishing to cultivate a deeper and healthier relationship with death in their lives, especially around grief and death anxiety.

Certifications

  • Certified Meditation Teacher

    • Certification through the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation.

  • Certified Spiritual Counselor

    • Certification through California Institute of Integral Studies.

Qualifications

  • Master of Arts in East-West Psychology 

  • Master of Science in Thanatology (May 2024)

  • Kriya Yoga and Meditation Teacher.

  • Philosophy and Theology Studies at Saint Louis University

  • Member of Association for Death Education & Counseling

  • Spiritual Direction training at Manresa Retreat House 

  • 30 day Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

  • Jail Chaplain in St. Paul, MN and St. Louis County, MO

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