Dr. Marc DelMonico recently announced that he has been named Director of Education and Communications for Saint Luke Institute. The appointment was made by Institute President Father James Garvey, O.Praem., D.Min. Dr. DelMonico took up the role on February 12, joining the Institute’s Leadership Team.

Saint Luke Institute is an independent, international Catholic education and treatment center dedicated to healthy life and ministry for priests, deacons, and religious. The Institute also offers resources for Catholic clergy, religious and lay ministers and leaders designed by experts in psychological and spiritual health through SLIconnect, a related online portal coordinating an array of webinars and digital educational offerings. Saint Luke Institute also coordinates in-person educational events led by vetted experts. These experts also contribute to academic and ministerial articles on timely topics at the intersection of psychology and ministry produced by the Institute. The goal of all of these offerings is to provide the People of God with ministers who are psychologically and spiritually prepared for their roles of leadership and service, and who possess the skills to minister according to the model and teachings of Jesus and the Gospels. In the Director role, Dr. DelMonico will strategize and oversee efforts to build upon the strong educational work of the Institute, and to promote its core outpatient clinical work.

Dr. DelMonico brings a wide range of ministerial, academic, communications and development experience to the role. He has provided expertise and advocacy within the U.S. Catholic Church and at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in support of professional and volunteer lay ministry, especially in the areas of ministry preparation and standards. In his prior role at the USCCB, Marc worked closely with a bishops’ subcommittee and many national lay ministry organizations and leaders to oversee development, approval and implementation of an array of ministry standards including competencies in Catholic health care chaplaincy and pastoral care, prison ministries, campus ministry, parish and diocesan-based leadership roles, catechetical and education-based roles, and intercultural ministry.

Dr. DelMonico holds his Ph.D. in Historic & Systematic Theology from The Catholic University of America.

Marc also has many years of experience in a wide variety of Catholic ministerial and leadership endeavors, from parishes, to local and national faith-based organizations. He has served as a member of parish pastoral teams, led liturgical committees and faith formation efforts in Confirmation programs as well as the O.C.I.A. (previously R.C.I.A.) process by which adults prepare to enter the Catholic Church. He was a pastoral care minister as part of a parish team serving a long-term psychiatric care hospital and an elder-care assisted living facility.

He has also worked with Catholic, ecumenical and interfaith justice advocacy organizations in Washington, D.C., including an interfaith nonprofit outreach on Capitol Hill. Marc has been a consultant in many areas of ministry, especially liturgy, as well as efforts to build ministerial awareness around diversity, equity and belonging with parishes and other Catholic communities and organizations. He has also served in development-related roles, most recently as Grants Manager for the Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition, garnering $35,000 in grants for them in the last six months of 2023.

Dr. DelMonico holds a Ph.D. in Historic and Systematic Theology from the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America. He earned an M.Div. as a lay person from the Washington Theological Union, and an M.A. in Systematic Theology. He holds a B.A. in Theology and Philosophy with a minor in Justice, Peace and Conflict Studies from Saint Bonaventure University.

Marc has written, studied and lectured in the areas of ecclesiology, theology of ministry, ecumenism, theology of liturgy, as well as Catholic social teaching. He is published in several peer-reviewed theological and ministry journals and has a chapter in a recent book on the public impact of religion scholars. Marc also has been an affiliate professor in the Departments of Theology & Religious Studies at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., and Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. He has a forthcoming book chapter discussing the impact of his work at the USCCB resourcing Catholic lay ministry at the national level during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Additionally, Marc brings to his new role a background in business and digital communications, as a founding partner and project manager at Perisphere Media, a digital media studio that serves clients across the country in areas of web design, development and digital communications strategy.

Read more about Marc’s background. download his resume, or read more about his publications and media productions.

Dr. DelMonico pictured next to Cardinal Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery on Laity, Family and Life, at a 2018 meeting in Rome.

Dr. DelMonico has joined an internationally respected team at the Saint Luke Institute. Together, the leadership, administrative, clinical, and spiritual teams provide mental health treatment, offer education and wellness programs, and conduct research. In these services, they integrate high-quality spiritual, psychological, theological and other resources. The organization’s main office is located outside of Washington, D.C. in Silver Spring, Maryland, with clinical offices in Timonium, Md., Louisville, Kentucky, and Manchester, United Kingdom.

Read more about Saint Luke Institute and its offerings here and about SLIconnect here.