The Resilient Catholics Community (RCC) is for you if you:
- are a psychologically minded, faithful, orthodox Catholic who loves the Interior Integration for Catholics podcast, especially the experiential exercises want to learn to love yourself in an ordered way
- are committed to spending time, energy and resources on your own human formation
- appreciate both the multiplicity and unitive aspects of the human person, informed by Internal Family System thinking and grounded in a Catholic worldview
- have committed to personal, relational prayer with God and Mary, even if you struggle with it
- deeply desire to come to God our Spiritual Father and Mary our Spiritual Mother with childlike trust and complete confidence, even if the prospect brings up fear or trepidation
- Check out our 19-minute experiential exercise to help you discern about applying to the RCC.
The Core of the RCC
Adam and Michelle Gardiner are a married couple, both members of the RCC, who have been inspired to start the Master's program in counseling at Divine Mercy University. For one of their graduate courses, they had to interview a Catholic "influencer" about how a Catholic understanding of the human person (a.k.a. a Catholic anthropology) drives their work. We recorded the interview so they would not have to take so many notes so fast. But their questions drew out in such a clear way the essence of the RCC from an anthropological perspective, and Adam and Michelle were so gracious to allow me to share this with you. The audio only is here.
May 2023 RCC Informational Meeting
Join Marion Moreland, the RCC Lead Navigator and Dr. Peter for a 65-minute meeting all about what it means to apply for the RCC and what it is like. We answer many questions from a live audience. Click here to stream just the audio.
Check out David Saunder's experience of the Resilient Catholics Community in this three minute-video.
RCC Informational Video -- 1 hour, 8 minutes
Dr. Peter explains the Resilient Catholics Community experience -- what is involved to join, what to expect as a member, and answers questions during the December 1, 2022 informational meeting. We also had a lively Q&A with potential RCC applicants asking great questions.
If you would rather just listen to the audio, you can find that here.
The Resilient Catholics Community:
- has about 150 current members and is growing
- has a structured program of 44 weekly 90-minute meetings over the course of a year with your company of 8 other pilgrims
- starts with the PartsFinder Pro (PFP, formerly called the IMK) – this is a set of measures that takes about two to three hours to complete, and at least two members of our staff generate a five- or six-page PFP report that details our understanding of your hypothesized parts and the possible ways they interact within you. You can download a PDF for a sample fictional report for a man and a woman
- matches you with a pilgrimage companion for daily check-ins, accountability and support
- provides a library of hundreds of different resources – talks, articles, blogs, podcasts, and experiential exercises to support you in your inner work
- connects you with other like-minded Catholics from around the world, who are committed to their human formation, informed by Internal Family Systems and grounded in an authentic Catholic understanding of the human person
We meet primarily online via Zoom and in our dedicated Mighty Networks app.
Here is a timeline for registration:
- November 10, 2023 -- informational email goes out to those on the interest list
- December 1 - 31, 2023 – Registration for new applicants is open
- December 1, 2023 - January 15, 2024 – Complete
- all the registration paperwork,
- Part 1 of the PartsFinder Pro (PFP, formerly called the IMK) on paper (for copyright reasons) which is has to be scanned or photographed and returned to us
- Part 2 of the PFP, which is a google form done online.
- December 15, 2023 - February 10, 2024 – Receive your PFP report (see the PDFs for a sample fictional report for a man and a woman) and have your 15-minute Zoom meeting with Dr. Peter for the men or Marion Moreland for the women.
- February 5-12, 2024 – Complete the online scheduling app with your availability for your weekly 90-minute company meetings
- Week of March 10, 2024: Weekly company meetings begin. This downloadable PDF has the topics for the 44 weeks in Year 1 of the RCC.
"Making sense of self and the world around me through the lenses of my Catholic faith, psychology, and community is making all the difference!"
- Joyce Lynn, Monument, CO
The RCC is all about learning to be loved and to love...
...to carry out the two Great Commandments. We learn to be loved when we can trust – when we can feel safe enough to be seen, heard, known and understood in all our parts. Each of us needs to be loved by God, by others, and by ourselves.
But it doesn't end there. In the RCC we are learning to reflect that love back to God and others. And we are learning to love with our whole hearts, our whole minds, our whole souls and all our strength. We are learning to love with every fiber of our being. All of us. All of our parts. No part left behind, abandoned to carry our shame, grief, anger, sadness or fear alone.
And we are doing this together. Not as lone wolves, not as lone rangers. Together. In community. In relationship with each other. Fully in the Catholic Church, the mystical body of Christ, each of us individual members of that body.
...to enroll in the RCC:
- Use this link to register and pay the (non-refundable) $299 application fee. The 44 weekly sessions happen over 12 months, with a $99 per month fee. The total cost is $1487 for the whole experience. If you need financial assistance, let our office manager know - Patty Ellenberger at [email protected] or 317.207.1226. We don't turn anyone away from the RCC because of financial need, so there are scholarships and write-offs available to make it affordable.
- After you register, Patty will email you the consent form / member agreement form with demographic information for you to sign and return to her, either by email or by mail to Souls and Hearts, Resilient Catholics Community, 3560 Five Points Road, Indianapolis, IN 46239.
- Once we've received your consent / agreement form back, you will get via email Parts 1 and 2 of the PartsFinder Pro. For legal reasons, Part 1 has to be printed and completed, and then scanned and emailed, photographed and emailed, or sent by postal mail. You complete Part 2 of the IMK online.
- Once we have all the measures of the PFP completed, we will score them and create your summary sheet and Personal Human Formation Plan (PHFP). This part happens in June or July, depending on when you apply and turn in your completed IMK.
- Then you will schedule a 15-minute Zoom or phone interview with me or another staff member to review your PFP report and address any questions.
- If those results, combined with the rest of your application, indicate you're a good fit for the RCC, Patty will send you a link to sign up for the $99 per month subscription.
- In February, you will fill out our scheduling app with the times during the week when you are available for the company meetings. We will then match you with 8 other people in a company that can meet when you are available. We will also match you with two companions based on compatibility in your PFP results.
- You will then be invited to join the RCC on our Mighty Network social networking app.
- If you don't seem to be a good fit for the RCC at the present time, we will give you recommendations in your Zoom or phone interview and work with you to help you get what you need.
- The RCC company meetings will begin March 10, 2024.
Safety and Confidentiality in the RCC
Dr. Peter discusses two primary ground rules within the RCC.
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
- Matthew 18:20
Grace does not destroy nature, but perfects it.
- St. Thomas Aquinas
I am Dr. Peter Malinoski, a Catholic clinical psychologist who wants to bring together a community of Catholics who are serious about shoring up our natural foundations on which to build the fullness of the Catholic spiritual life.
We are bringing together Catholics who want to learn better how to tolerate being known and loved (it’s not as easy as it may sound), and who want to learn better how to understand and love others. And I mean “love” in the sense of authentic Christian charity, in the sense of agape, not romantic love.
"The Resilient Catholics community offers an opportunity for transformation and integration in a trusting and lovingly authentic Catholic environment. In a world filled with fear and anger, Dr. Peter Malinoski is leading a devoted community toward a greater and deeper trust in God and our heavenly mother, Mary. Be still. Be silent. Be loved."
- Diane Salem, Rockville, MD
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
- Matthew 22: 36-39
Our community is not about therapy
The Resilient Catholics community is not about therapy. We do not do therapy in the Resilient Catholics community. Even though most of our members are in their own therapy or have been in the past, Resilient Catholics membership isn’t a substitute for therapy.
Over the last few years, I have focused on ways that people heal outside of formal individual, group, marital, and family therapy. These therapies, as helpful and important as they are, don’t have a monopoly on healing and growing. Instead of doing therapy, we bring in approaches from life coaching, education, pastoral work, support groups, and from other fields and disciplines.
In the Resilient Catholics community, we have a training ground for the real hands-on work of loving and being loved. Members can stretch themselves to reach out and connect to others via discussion posts, private messages, in our online Zoom meetings and workshops, book clubs and in other ways. We work on being attuned to each other, really understanding each other and being with each other.
And it works. Members are healing. Members are growing.
"I love the way Souls and Hearts offers content that integrates the Catholic Faith and psychology. It is helpful in my ministry as well as my personal life. Being a member of the Resilient Catholics community has been a rich experience that has stretched me beyond my comfort zone to a greater freedom as I walk alongside a beautiful group of individuals all seeking to grow in our Faith. New and meaningful relationships are forming across the globe. How beautiful is the Body of Christ!"
What the Resilient Catholics community isn’t:
- It’s not a place for getting into political arguments or flame wars
- We don’t focus on social justice issues or social/political activism
- It’s not a place to badmouth the pope, bishops, priests, government officials, atheists, or anyone else
- We don’t try to “fix” each other. Instead, our goal is to “be with” each other, and trust that God’s authentic love reflected in us and through us heals us and our neighbor
What guides the Resilient Catholics Community
Humility and Charity
A childlike trust and absolute confidence in God our Father and Mary our Mother
A focus on contemplation and union with God and Mary