Carmelites Join Staff

Carmelite Fathers Joseph Chalmers and Quinn Conners Join Saint Luke Institute Staff

Two Carmelite priests, Father Quinn Conners, a licensed clinical psychologist currently serving as the Prior and Director of Formation at Whitefriars Hall in Washington, DC, and Father Joseph Chalmers, the former Prior General of the Carmelite Fathers, are joining the staff of Saint Luke Institute this fall.

Fr. Conners is a Carmelite of the Chicago Province and a licensed clinical psychologist. He was a member of the clinical staff of Saint Luke Institute from 1997 to 2004 and will be returning to the staff full-time. He holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He also has served as provincial and director of novices for his community, as principal of Mt. Carmel High School in Los Angeles and as a psychotherapist, spiritual director and part-time faculty member at Washington Theological Union. He has led workshops nationally and internationally in the areas of psychology and spirituality, sexuality, vocational discernment, and the first five years of ministry.

Fr. Chalmers, a native of Glasgow, Scotland was Prior General of the Carmelites worldwide for 12 years. He will be Director of Spiritual Formation for the Institute, starting in October 2012. He studied law, and completed his philosophy and theological studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, with a license in spirituality. Since 2007, he has been working with men who are entering the Carmelite order. He also has served as Prior Provincial of the British Province of the Assumption and is the author of several books on spirituality and prayer.

Saint Luke Institute is an internationally renowned Catholic education and treatment center primarily serving clergy and men and women religious. We bring the healing ministry of Christ to those in need, serve as a professional resource for bishops, major superiors and their collaborators, and support healthy human formation through education and research. The Institute is based in Silver Spring, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. Additional facilities and services are located in Louisville, Kentucky; Baltimore, Maryland; and Manchester, England.