Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church


Dr. Ryan LaMothe


Head shot of Dr. Ryan LaMotheDepartment: Pastoral Studies
Title: Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

Education History

  • PhD (Vanderbilt University, 1994)

  • MA (Vanderbilt University, 1993)

  • MDiv (University of Notre Dame, 1987)

  • BS (United States Military Academy at West Point, 1978)


Author of Heresies of the Heart (2009, Paulist Press). Donald Capps, professor of pastoral theology, Princeton University, says: Heresies of the Heart is a profound reflection on the journey of our lives. Like John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, it focuses on our self-evident need for faithful and loving "companions" as we journey through life, but it also emphasizes our less self-evident need to embrace strangers in our midst who represent our estrangement from ourselves.

The illustrations throughout the book involving persons and experiences that feel familiar to us enable us to see how we may use our own emotional intelligence more wisely and to envision how we may continue to grow in emotional wisdom. The book itself is expressive of this emotional wisdom, especially in its embodiment of the habits of reverence, such as curiosity, respect, and gratitude. Some books set out to be inspirational. This book is simply and genuinely inspiring.