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Fr. Richard Chiola


Head shot of Fr. Richard ChiolaTitle: Institute for Priests and Presbyterates Presenter

Fr. Richard Chiola is pastor of St. Cabrini Church and director of ongoing formation for priests in the Diocese of Springfield.

A native of Springfield, Fr. Chiola has served several parishes in the Springfield Diocese, including St. Thomas in Decatur, St. Louis in Nokomis, St. Agnes in Springfield, and St. Augustine Parish in Ashland.

Fr. Chiola is president of the National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy (NOCERCC). For 10 years, he served on the U.S. Catholic China Bureau Board of Trustees.

Fr. Chiola holds several post-graduate degrees, including a PhD from St. Louis University in historical theology, as well as a Master of Arts in human development counseling from University of Illinois-Springfield. He has served as an assistant professor of pastoral theology at Yale University, a Catholic chaplain at University of Chicago, and a mission consultant for Hospital Sisters Health System.

He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at Southern Illinois School of Medicine. He is the author of Catholicism for the Non-Catholics  (Templegate, 2006).

A psychologist and counselor, Fr. Chiola leads priest retreats, provides sexual addiction therapy and supervises medical doctors preparing to be psychiatrists. He has taught pastoral theology in both Protestant and Catholic seminaries.

Topic: Managing a Successful Transition

Program: The Associate Pastor