2019 Distinguished Alumni Award


Divine Mercy University is excited to announce that Dr. Greg Bottaro, IPS Class of 2012, has been nominated and will accept the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award at the Commencement Exercises this upcoming May.

Dr. Bottaro is a clinical psychologist practicing in Connecticut serving the greater New York Metropolitan area and many others through online therapy.   He received his Psy.D. (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology) from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in 2012. Before finishing his degree, he discerned a religious vocation with the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs).  He lived four years in the Bronx, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis. These years were emotionally, spiritually, and professionally formative as Dr. Bottaro tested his vocation and ultimately felt the prompting of God’s will to pursue family life. Six years after leaving NYC as a friar he returned as a psychologist.  His aim is fundamentally the same – to serve. Instead of serving those suffering material poverty, he now seeks to serve those with psychological needs. Dr. Bottaro formed the CatholicPsych Institute in 2012 to bridge the gap between Psychology and Catholicism, connecting Catholics around the world with resources and therapists trained to integrate the faith with the practice.  As one manifestation of the CatholicPsych mission, Bottaro published a book, The Mindful Catholic, and a related children’s book, Sitting Like A Saint: Catholic Mindfulness for Kids, that integrates the practice of mindfulness, often utilized in psychotherapy, with Catholic philosophy and theology instead of the Eastern roots often associated with it. Another aspect of the CatholicPsych mission is to meet people where they’re at, utilizing social media and digital communication tools in a powerful way to connect with Catholics all over the world in search of psychological healing grounded in a rich spiritual tradition.

Dr. Greg Bottaro is a true representative of a Distinguished Alumni, with significant contributions to the field of psychology and constant dedication to the mission and vision of the University.  We are honored to present Dr. Bottaro with this award.

For additional information regarding DMU’s 2019 Graduation, please visit our website here.

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