Catholic priest Martin Padovani is a recognized psychotherapist with expertise in individual, marriage and family counseling. Recognizing the high failure rate of second marriages, Father Padovani is an outspoken proponent of establishing education to help Catholics who are entering marriage again.

He encourages counselors to help divorced Catholics gain insight into their first marriages, face their own faults and avoid carrying emotional and psychological baggage into second marriages.

Author of two books—Healing Wounded Emotions (Twenty-Third Publications, 1987) and Healing Wounded Relationships (Twenty-Third Publications, 2006)—Father Padovani integrates faith with science.

A sought-after speaker on relationships and parenting, Father Padovani has been a member of the Society of the Divine Word, the world’s largest Catholic order focused on missionary work, since 1952 and an ordained priest since 1960.

Father Padovani graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., with a master’s degree in clinical psychology in 1968. That same year, Governor Richard J. Hughes appointed him to the New Jersey Divorce Law Study Commission. After reviewing the state’s divorce laws, the commission established a family law court and processes for the care of the children.

A licensed marriage and family therapist in the State of New Jersey, Padovani is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. He also served as a member of the Burlington County (New Jersey) Mental Health Board and as chaplain to patients at a private psychiatric hospital. His books are available in eight languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Slovak, Korean, Chinese and Japanese.

Members of the media wishing to interview Father Padovani should contact Theresa Carson at 847-412-1606.