A conversation with Christopher Roberts about his conversion; raised a Baptist, Chris is now a Catholic. Chris was born in North Carolina in 1969 and grew up in Maryland. He attended Yale University, where he double-majored in Religious Studies and Environmental Studies, and graduated in 1991. He then moved to England, and went on to do a second undergraduate degree in Christian Ethics at Oxford, where he met his wife, Hannah. He completed a PhD in theology at Kings College at the University of London. In addition to his strictly academic pursuits, Chris spent several years working with religious programming for PBS. In 2006, Chris accepted a job at Villanova University as a fellow in their Ethics Department; he has been a resident of Philadelphia ever since. Chris’s doctoral dissertation was published in 2007, and is titled Creation and Covenant: The Significance of Sexual Difference in the Moral Theology of Marriage. These days, Chris is pursuing studies at the St. Charles Seminary for the permanent diaconate, and is working part-time as a researcher and writer for the Archdiocese. Most recently, Chris was the editor for “Love is Our Mission: the family fully alive,” a book to be published later this year, a catechism on marriage, sex and the family that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Pontifical Council for the Family are publishing in anticipation of next year’s World Meeting of Families. He and Hannah have three daughters: Martha, Ruth, and Sarah, and are expecting a fourth child this December.
Archive for June, 2014
A conversation with Dr. Peter Damgaard-Hansen about his conversion to Catholicism. Dr. Peter was raised Lutheran but had not practiced that faith for some time, having had extensive experience with New Age spiritualities. Dr. Peter Damgaard-Hansen is a licensed psychologist with a Ph. D. in psychology from the University of Copenhagen. He has counseled extensively for the past 40 years in Denmark, Norway and the US, having practiced for 14 years in Minnesota. He founded the Integrative Counseling program: a program takes a three-dimensional approach to mental emotional problems, addressing physical, mental and spiritual health issues in combination in order to achieve optimal results. Peter converted to Roman Catholicism in 1991. His conversion deepened his understanding of human suffering and inspired new, creative ways to address suffering in psychotherapy. He currently resides in Denmark, but offers counseling worldwide through tele counseling via Skype or long distance phone calls. Dr. Peter is married to an American citizen, Deborah, and together they have three children.
A conversation with Nancy Albin, convert from Protestantism. Nancy Albin is currently providing management and leadership for Los Angeles Habilitation House, Inc. LAHH was formed during a lunch break between the Founding Directors, Guido Piccarolo and Nancy Albin in February 2005 while they were working at The Walt Disney Company in finance and accounting. Together, Nancy and Guido wrote a Statement of Value that is the basis for the company today: “We believe that the passion to fulfill ourselves informs how we live our lives and work at our jobs. We want to promote a society that helps everyone fulfill their real needs: truth, beauty, happiness, love and justice. In doing so, we can be ourselves and treat others with unconditional love and respect for their human dignity. We need a “house” like a child needs a family to be helped, educated, corrected and supported. We need a “house” that will continually reawaken the will to work, to take chances, to invent. We need a “house” that will prevent an individual from becoming alienated and cynical.” Today there are 26 employees of LAHH, 18 of whom are individuals with disabilities.
Prior to working with LAHH, Nancy’s acquired expertise in corporate balance sheet audits, working with a Big 4 Accounting Firm and doing financial budgeting, forecasting, and analysis for a Fortune 500 Company that is a leader in family entertainment. Nancy is glad that she can bring her talents and experience to bear at LAHH and focus all of her energies on fulfilling its mission.
Nancy supports Habitat for Humanity, Little Sisters of the Poor, and Rural Grace Food Pantry. She uses the following quote to explain the experience of working with LAHH, “Every morning in Africa a gazelle, wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn’t matter if you are a gazelle or a lion, when the sun comes up, you’d better be running!”(Maurice Greene; attributed to Roger Bannister shortly after his running the first sub-4 mile).