The Areté Catholic Psychology Center announced the launch of the book “The Way of Virtue and Reconciliation”, which collects the 10-year experience of a Catholic work that offers services in psychology from science and faith in Christ.
The book “Camino de Virtud y Reconciliación” was written by the Master in Clinical Psychology Humberto Del Castillo Drago, founder and current director of the Areté Center. In addition, Del Castillo is one of the main promoters of reconciliation psychotherapy, a member of the Christian Life Association, and the author of various books.
The Areté Center is the first Spanish-speaking Catholic center, created in 2012 in Medellín (Colombia) with the aim of “developing an integral and Catholic psychology that helps people live virtue, from a reconciled and healthy life”.
Under the guidance and protection of its patron saints: Saint Paul the Apostle and Saint Joseph of the Mountain, the Center contributes “to the integral development of the person, in the clinical, educational and family spheres through the psychotherapy of reconciliation”.
Currently, the Areté Center offers a variety of programs such as Psychology at Home, Amores School, Virtuous Families School, We Are With You, among others. In addition, it offers diploma courses, among which Reconciliation Psychotherapy stands out, as well as a variety of courses, conferences, workshops and psychological care virtually and in person.
Also, the Areté Center offers radio programs in Santa María la Paz, and educational resources such as the Areté series on EWTN, the Psicología y Virtud blog, the Flash Areté and the Creser audios.
On January 25, on the feast of the conversion of Saint Paul, the Areté Center celebrated 10 years of service and “in this context of happiness and joy, the book ‘The Path of Virtue and Reconciliation’ was launched,” explained the Center .
Del Castillo told ACI Prensa that his new book “is the chronicle of these early years of Areté, from the beginning of my path of being a psychologist and how it materialized when I arrived in Medellín, to then narrate the most important events of the path of the Center from 2011 to 2021”.
He pointed out that the work was written in chronological order and in a testimonial way, since it gathers the perspective of the people “who have been privileged actors of Areté’s pilgrimage during this time.”
For Del Castillo, the testimonies of these people “are very important, since the Areté Center is a corporate work, where the actions of each one and the teamwork stand out along with the efforts of many to help others.”
In this sense, he encouraged all those who “want to know the beginnings of the Areté Center, the most important facts and situations of these 10 years, as well as the reflections that arise, to see the action of God in Areté and in our lives,” he said.
Alejandro Bermúdez Rossel, director of the ACI Group, at the presentation of the book, said that this new work “picks up the path of the Areté Center ten years after it was born, and that it looks to the future with promise and hope.”
“And it is something that I do with the pleasure of having the opportunity to ponder these ten years and with the sense of duty that such a necessary apostolate imposes on those who have had the privilege of seeing it grow, sometimes more closely, sometimes the distance,” he added.
For his part, Fr. Jorge Alberto Ruiz Tobón, delegate for the consecrated life of the Archdiocese of Medellín, highlighted the work of the Areté Center for its “excellence, very close to its nature; effective help, for those who walk in this world in search of a better life”, and thanked him for “attending, listening, guiding, training and accompanying those whom God puts in their path”.
At the end of the book, the Areté Center “gives the reader the strategic orientation of the center, its prayers, slogans and different comments and congratulations from different people who recognize the work of God in the Areté Center, serving through an integral and Catholic psychology. ”, indicated the Center.
The Areté Center announced that the presentation of the book will take place next Thursday, March 3 at 8:00 pm (Bogotá time) virtually. The meeting will include the participation of Del Castillo, the Areté Center psychologists Paola Riveros Maldonado and Mónica Caballero Andrade, and associate psychologists Laura Gómez Giraldo and Juan Esteban Valencia Rey.
Those interested in attending the virtual presentation of the book can visit the Areté Center’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.