an ecumenical Christian,
professional, non-profit organization of healthcare
professionals and associates in physical, mental and
spiritual healthcare disciplines who are committed to the
healing ministry of
Jesus Christ and are open to integrating the gifts of the
Holy Spirit into their lives and work. At this time the
majority of the members identify with the Roman Catholic
Church, however, the Association welcomes all Christians to
join in its mission. ACT
recognizes that all Christians are baptized into one family
"Redeem MY people, in your hospitals, in your clinics, in
your offices. Make them MY hospitals, My clinics, MY
offices. Let ME care for them and bring them health beyond
healing. Let ME care for YOU, and bring YOU to health, to
wholeness, to holiness. Give ME your professional skills,
your credentials, Yield them to MY authorization, consecrate
them to MY name, for MY glory, and I will be glorified in
your healing work." (1975, Staten Island, N.Y.)1
An international, ecumenical association of Christian
healthcare professionals, clergy, and associates equipped
and extending the healing presence, heart and mind of Jesus
their patients, clients, colleagues and institutions,
under the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
provide resources and support to enable healthcare
professionals, clergy and associates to: 1) Personally
experience the healing power of Jesus Christ, 2) Integrate
their professional skills, spiritual development, healing
ministry and theological understanding, and 3) Extend the
healing presence, heart, and mind of Jesus Christ through
their work and ministry.
“Heal MY healers and send them forth to heal MY people.”
(1986 prophetic word)
Who Can Join?
open to all Christian health and mental health
professionals, clergy, Religious, and associates in healing
ministries, who embrace ACT's vision and mission.
How Are We Unique?
ACT is unique
in its holistic approach to integrating Christian healing
practices with applied healthcare. We include all
healthcare practitioners -- physicians and nurses, clergy
and allied health – as well as all Christian denominations
in our response to Jesus’ prayer “May they all be one in
us”, for full healing requires cooperation among all
involved in the healing process. Further, we teach skills
and provide resources not just for learning, but also for
the personal healing of our members so that what we learn by
experience, we are able to extend to our clients, as
appropriate for each of our disciplines.
are enriched by the spiritual perspectives and expressions
of their various Christian traditions and by openness to the
gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.
How We Live Our Christian Diversity:
ACT is both
Catholic and ecumenical, eucharistically centered and
inclusive of the healing traditions of its various Christian
members. Living such an identity requires of members a
passion for the whole Body of Christ in its unity and
diversity, and a firm, active commitment to prayer,
dialogue, repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation on
both a personal and faith level. This commitment leads to
an intimacy of integrity between members.
Through worshipping and praying together, and sharing
their personal stories, ACT members experience both the pain
and the challenge of differences, as well as the healing of
division, and gain a deeper appreciation of God's gifts
throughout the whole Body of Christ. This appreciation is
fostered in a diverse Christian fellowship. ACT's process
lives in the context of the larger movements toward dialogue
and unity among denominations, and draws from, as well as
adds to, these movements. What ACT will become is yet to be
revealed; we remain open to the work of the Holy Spirit.
Click here to read Ecumenical Principles of Dialogue.
Opportunities for Participation:
the Association includes Regions spread across the
entire U.S.A. and Canada as well as internationally. The
various regions conduct meetings, gatherings, prayer
sessions, retreats and healing conferences throughout the
year. This is in addition to the Annual International
Conference, usually held in early autumn. For more
information about regional activities, click on the Regions
menu on ACT's Home Page. That will bring up a map. Then
click on the Region of interest box outside the
map for that Region. You may also
here to access this map directly from this page.
Specialty groups within
the Association include: physicians, nurses, medical
technicians, dentists, psychologists, psychiatrists,
counselors, therapists, social workers, chiropractors,
massage therapists, chaplains, clergy, religious, and
associates. For more information about Specialty Groups,
see the Specialty Groups menu on ACT's Home page. You may also
to access this map directly from this page.
There are six standing committees: Membership, Spiritual
Life, Finance, International Conference, Program Development
and Communication and Publications. All committees are
staffed by volunteers and open to new members. ACT depends
on members volunteering their time and talents to provide
the programs and services offered.
Important Aims of ACT:
create environments in which health care professionals and
associates can: grow spiritually; experience physical,
mental, emotional, relational and spiritual healing, and;
establish mutually and spiritually supportive relationships
with other health care professionals and associates.
provide education and training in traditional and
contemporary Christ-centered healing practices and in
releasing the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and; To encourage
and facilitate the ongoing development of leading-edge
Christian healing interventions.
train and equip members in outreach and evangelization; To
liaise, network and collaborate with individuals and
organizations with similar and complementary visions and
missions; To initiate, encourage and support scientific
research dedicated to testing and demonstrating the holistic
benefits of Christ-centered healing methods and techniques,
and; To creatively impact the field of integrative medicine
with Christian spirituality.
Christian Therapists, 6728 Old McLean Village Drive, McLean,
Association of Christian Therapists began in August 1975 at
Mount St. Augustine Apostolic Center in Staten Island, New
York. As a group of healthcare professionals gathered to
pray, study the Word of God, and share Holy Eucharist, they
received a vision for the consecration of their disciplines
to God. This prophecy was a call to form such an
association. The Vision and Mission statements define how
ACT sees itself fulfilling this prophecy and the 1986