St. Mary’s Seminary, Houston

Meet Dr. Chris…

Dr. Christopher J. Stravitsch, D.Min, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Dr. Chris Stravitsch is the President and Founder of Rejoice Counseling Apostolate. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a Board Approved Supervisor for both licenses. He earned a Doctor of Ministry from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and a dual degree in Pastoral Counseling from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, which consisted of a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and M.A. in Pastoral Ministry. While studying at Texas A&M University he earned a B.A. in Psychology. He has had a particular interest in the spiritual formation of couples and families.

Dr. Chris oversees the counseling services that Rejoice Counseling Apostolate provides to Catholic parishes and the general public throughout the Greater Houston area and via telehealth in Texas. He currently serves as the Staff Counselor for St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston and he previously offered Parish Counseling Services onsite at several parishes where he worked with individuals, couples and families.

Dr. Chris served on the Board (2019-2020) of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association, a national association that supports mental health practitioners by promoting the development of psychological theory and mental health practice which encompasses a full understanding of the human person, family, and society in fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

Aside from counseling, Dr. Chris serves as Cofounder and a Director of the Board for the St. John Paul II Foundation, a national Catholic apostolate dedicated to proclaiming the gospel of life and forming families as intimate communities of love. He is as an adjunct faculty member of the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, Nebraska, where he at times teaches in the Spiritual Formation for Diocesan Seminarians summer program. From 2006-2014 he served on the Formation Faculty of Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, where he was Director of Collegians, a Formation Advisor, and facilitated priestly formation groups on the virtues, Lectio Divina, and St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

Dr. Chris has been involved with ongoing clergy formation efforts that have included giving in-services to priests and deacons, speaking at presbyteral convocations and deacon formation days in various dioceses, cofounding the Shepherd’s Heart initiative for clergy formation, and leading retreats for deacons and their wives. Pastoral topics he has covered at these events have included ministry to couples, spouses, and families; ministering to persons addicted to pornography; spousal prayer; and Ignatian spirituality.

Dr. Chris regularly speaks and publishes on the topics of marriage, family, and spirituality. His articles have been featured in Lay Witness, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, New Oxford Review, Saint Austin Review, Life News, Life Site News, the USCCB’s marriage apostolate website For Your Marriage, The Cord: A Franciscan Spiritual Review, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, Truth and Charity Forum, Chicago Studies, diocesan newspapers, and more.

Dr. Chris and his family are parishioners at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church in Katy, Texas.