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Our Spiritual Care Team plays an essential role in promoting healing, wholeness, and the wellbeing of our residents. While in residential programming, our residents are accompanied by a Spiritual Care Advisor who will listen with the resident to the promptings of the Holy Spirit along the spiritual journey. A resident may be offered suggestions for how to cope with challenge, to grow in trust, and to deepen his/her relationship with God through prayer, spiritual reading, and various practices all while integrating the on-going work of body, mind, and spirit.


Erik Ranstrom

Erik Ranstrom, Ph.D.

Dr. Erik Ranstrom serves as Manager of Spiritual Care for the Saint John Vianney Center, overseeing Spiritual Care services for the residential treatment program. He also meets with residents to discuss the spiritual aspects of their lives and ministries.

Dr. Ranstrom holds a Ph.D. from Boston College in Theology and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Fairfield University.

He has prior background experience as a spiritual advisor in drug and alcohol rehabilitation and as a chaplain on psychiatric and behavioral units. He is trained to give the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises, the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life, which he offers through the Outpatient Department.

Dr. Ranstrom supports residents in their journey toward an integral spiritual life of body, mind, and spirit. He encourages cultivating the simplicity of heart that is attentive to the Lord’s self-communication. A special focus of his work is supporting practical theological reflection in the context of residential therapy.