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The DeMello Center’s Mission

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The DeMello Center is a nonprofit organization founded in 1984 with the mission of extending globally the approach and message of Anthony DeMello. The Center exists to help people, as Anthony DeMello did, to realize their innate capacity to transcend stress, anxiety and depression to experience peace and happiness anytime, anywhere and under any circumstance.

Peace and happiness are the highest quality of life we can experience and are what we ultimately seek through all our striving. Yet these intrinsic qualities often elude us. In truth, peace and happiness are nearer than your own hand. The Center exists to help you bring it within easy reach.

Anthony DeMello: Be Aware! Be Alive! Be in Love!  

ANTHONY (Tony) DeMELLO was a Jesuit priest born in Bombay, India in 1931. He is widely known for his ground-breaking and enduring work that integrates western and eastern spirituality. He died in 1987 in New York Anthony DeMelloand is regarded as one of the 20th century’s foremost spiritual philosophers. Through his still bestselling books and recorded lectures (more than 2 million sold worldwide) DeMello presents a method of self-inquiry he described as a practical spirituality, in which a simple practice of awareness leads to the level of personal  transformation that can open to realms of enlightenment.

The enormous impact DeMello has had is the result of his ability to communicate his approach simply and with such clarity that people can quickly achieve the positive shift in experience his approach facilitates.   In the foreword to DeMello’s last book, Francis Stroud, S.J. of Fordham University wrote, I will never forget the feeling of liberation; the sense he made of spirituality, of prayer, of the meaning of life; his humor; his marvelous storytelling. And it was all done in such a personal style.

Francis Stroud

J. FRANCIS STROUD, S.J. served as the first executive director of the DeMello Center from its beginning in 1984 until his death in 2007. He studied with Anthony DeMello at the Sadhana Institute in India and later taught courses at Fordham University on the application of DeMello’s spiritual principles.




Jonathan Galente

JONATHAN GALENTE is president of the board. He served as executive director from 2007 to 2018 and has been a trustee of the Center for the last twenty-five years. Formerly, he was a member of the Psychology Department of Fordham University.




Desmond Towey

DESMOND TOWEY has been a trustee of the the Center for twenty-seven years. He currently serves as its Treasurer and board liaison. He has offered DeMello conferences to college students and business professionals and at parishes and retreat centers around the country. Previously, Desmond ran his own financial communications business for some of the nation’s top entrepreneurial companies, such as Charles Schwab & Company. Desmond captures the listener with the warmth and humor of the DeMello message of “waking up.”

Karen Starr-Venturini

KAREN STARR-VENTURINI has been a DeMello devotee for over 15 years, and committed to spreading Anthony DeMello’s message of peace and happiness far and wide, including to  recovery communities and correctional institutions. Prior to retirement, Karen worked as a corporate Marketing Director, presenter and international  liaison.  She also holds a degree in  Medical Science and has been an advocate  for improved patient care in hospitals and nursing homes.

Don Joseph Goewey

DON JOSEPH GOEWEY is the current executive director of the DeMello Center. He is the former executive director of The Center for Attitudinal Healing and also served as chief administrative officer at Stanford University’s Department of Psychiatry. Don is the author of three books: The End of Stress (2014), Mystic Cool (2009), and Fishing for Fallen Light.


Other Trustees

  • Liam J. Mclaughlin
  • Leo Daly, S.J.
  • Marybeth Minton