John Heagle is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the State of Washington and the co-director of Therapy and Renewal Associates (TARA), a counseling and consultation resource in the Pacific Northwest. He also teaches courses on human sexuality and pastoral care skills, as an adjunct instructor, in the graduate School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. John is a frequent presenter at workshops, conferences, and retreats; he is engaged in national renewal ministry among clergy, career ministers, and other religious groups. He also gives presentations on mental health and spirituality, domestic violence, and recovery from sexual abuse.
A native of Menomonie, WI, John was ordained a Roman Catholic priest for the Diocese of La Crosse, WI, in 1965. He has had more than 42 years of pastoral and professional experience in a variety of fields including campus ministry, marriage and family service, college teaching, social justice ministry, and ten years as a pastor. For eight years he also served as a consultant and trainer for the Center for Human Development in Washington, DC.
In 1985, at the invitation of Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen, he joined Dr. Fran Ferder, Ph.D., FSPA, in co-founding and co-directing Therapy and Renewal Associates, and began serving as an adjunct faculty at Seattle University.
Fran Ferder). Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 1992.
Several articles in various religious and other periodicals, including three years (1978-1981) of writing the monthly newsletter, You: Reflections on Personal Growth and Spirituality for the Thomas More Association.
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In Dec. 2010, John and his colleague, Sr. Fran Ferder, spent a few weeks in Bangladesh working with a group of Holy Cross sisters and priests that have been teaching literacy skills to women and girls for 150 years. They also spent time with the Bangladesh headquarters of the international organization, “Stop the Traffik”—a group that rescues women and children from sex trade and provides them with resources for recovery.
Teaching at Other Jesuit Schools: Along with Fran Ferder, John has taught courses and given workshops at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA; Loyola University, New Orleans, LA.; Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles, CA.; Georgetown University, Washington DC.; and Jesuit Universities in Manila, the Philippines, and Seoul, South Korea.
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