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Meet Chris…

Christopher J. Stravitsch, D.Min.(Cand.), MA, LPC, LMFT

Chris Stravitsch is the Executive Director and Founder of Rejoice Counseling Apostolate. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He earned a dual degree in Pastoral Counseling from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, which consisted of a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy (2006) and M.A. in Pastoral Ministry (2007). While studying at Texas A&M University he earned a B.A. in Psychology (2003). He is currently a Doctor of Ministry Candidate at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., where he has focused his research on the spiritual formation of couples and families.

Chris oversees the counseling services that Rejoice Counseling Apostolate provides to Catholic parishes and the general public throughout the Greater Houston area and San Antonio. He offers pastoral counseling services onsite at St. Francis de Sales, St. Cyril of Alexandria, and St. Bartholomew the Apostle, where he works with individuals, couples and families.

Aside from counseling, Chris serves as the Founding Vice President for the John Paul II Foundation for Life and Family, a national Catholic apostolate dedicated to proclaiming the gospel of life and forming families as intimate communities of love. He is as an adjunct faculty member of the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, Nebraska, where he at times teaches in the Spiritual Formation for Diocesan Seminarians summer program. From 2006-2014 he served on the Formation Faculty of Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, where he was Director of Collegians, a Formation Advisor, and facilitated priestly formation groups on the virtues, Lectio Divina, and John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

Chris regularly speaks and publishes on the topics of marriage, family, and spirituality. His articles have been featured in Lay Witness, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, New Oxford Review, Saint Austin Review, Life News, Life Site News, the USCCB’s marriage apostolate website For Your Marriage, The Cord: A Franciscan Spiritual Review, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, Truth and Charity Forum, Chicago Studies, diocesan newspapers, and more. Chris and his family are parishioners at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church in Katy, Texas.


St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church
(West Houston)
10503 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX  77042

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church
8100 Roos Rd.
Houston, TX  77036

St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church
5356 Eleventh Street
Katy, TX  77493

St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church

St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church (Katy)

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