What is ACT?
Association of Christian Therapists (ACT) is a
Christian, professional, non-profit organization with
strong Roman Catholic and Christian healing roots. It is
made up of health care professionals and associates in
physical, mental and spiritual health care disciplines
who are committed to 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 invites and encourages members of all
Christian identifications to join in its mission.
What is in ACT for you?
Specialty groups within the Association include:
physicians, nurses, medical technicians, dentists,
psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, therapists,
social workers, chiropractors, massage therapists, chaplains,
clergy, religious, and lay apostolates with the
recognized gift of healing. For more information about
Specialty Groups, click on the Specialty Groups menu
on ACT's Home page.
the Association is broken up into Regions spread
across the entire U.S.A. 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
"An international, Spirit-led Christian community of healthcare professionals, clergy, and associates equipped to extend the healing presence, heart and mind of Jesus Christ to their colleagues, patients, clients and institutions."
"To support ACT members with resources to achieve this vision, including healing prayer, mentoring, education and training, fostering their spiritual and professional growth."
Membership is open to all Christian health and mental
health care professionals, clergy, Religious, and
associates in healing ministries, who embrace ACT's
vision and mission. ACT recognizes that all Christians
are baptized into one family of faith. Its members are
enriched by the spiritual perspectives and expressions
of its membersí various Christian traditions and their
openness to the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.
The 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 vision also called for
a fellowship of men and women in the physical, mental
and spiritual health care fields to make a radical
commitment to the person of Jesus Christ and His mission
for wholeness and holiness through prayer in the healing
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 between members, on both
a personal and faith level. This commitment leads to an
intimacy of integrity between members.
The pain as well as the healing of church divisions are
felt in ACT. Through worshipping and praying together,
and sharing their personal stories, ACT members
experience 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.
For Ecumenical Dialogue
recognition of the passion of Jesus' heart for unity,
"that they may all be one as you, Father, are in one and
I in you" (John 17:21), and in light of St. Paul's
affirmation, "there is only one Lord, one faith, one
baptism" (Ephesians 4:5), we members of the Association
of Christian Therapists encourage these attitudes:
A Readiness to believe that the other is
speaking in good conscience and to approach dialogue
with prayerful openness.
A Desire to increase knowledge of one's own
An Openness to broader understanding of
others and their Christian tradition. This implies:
a. An Openness to refine one's understanding of the
Christian tradition of the other as self understood
and to experience new perspectives in a positive
way. b. A Willingness to understand the Christian
tradition of the other in its best light rather than
in its weakness.
An Acknowledgement of the collective
churches' responsibility for their actions, both
past and present, which foster and perpetuate
An Emphasis on recognition of issues that
create the need for solidarity, and support for
movements that foster unity and healing.
A Willingness to Approach areas of separation
and disagreement with searching compassion,
intelligent discussion, and an understanding and
A Constant Review of new developments and
trends in ecumenism with mutual respect of documents
from various Christian traditions. This could
include the collected documents of the Christian
Churches, the World Council of Churches, and agreed
statements between denominations and those resources
that provide a context for informed dialogue.
A Daily Commitment to pray for the unity that
Christ wills, "on earth as it is in heaven."
To 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.
To 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
To 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 holisitc benefits
of Christ-centered healing methods and techniques,
and; To creatively impact the field of integrative
medicine with Christian spirituality.
Association of Christian Therapists, 6728 Old McLean
Village Drive, McLean, VA 22101
Phone: 703-556-9222, 703-556-8729 (Fax)