The De Mello Center’s Mission

Contrary to what your culture and religion have taught you, nothing—absolutely nothing of the world—can make you happy. The moment you see that, you will stop moving from one job to another, one friend or lover to another, one place, one guru to another.

The De Mello Center exists to help people, as Anthony De Mello 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.

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Board of Directors

In the foreword to one of Tony’s books, 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 humour; his marvellous storytelling. And it was all done in such a personal style.

DON JOSEPH GOEWEY

Executive Director

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” (1998).

JONATHAN GALENTE

President

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.

Leo Daly, S.J.

Board Member

Leo Daly, S.J.

 

 

KAREN STARR-VENTURINI

Board Member

KAREN STARR-VENTURINI has been a DeMello devotee for over 15 years, and is 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.

Liam J. Mclaughlin

Board Member

Liam J. Mclaughlin

 

Marybeth Minton

Board Member

Marybeth Minton

 

 

 

DESMOND TOWEY

In Memoriam

DESMOND TOWEY served as a trustee of the Center for twenty-seven years until his death in 2022. He offered DeMello conferences to college students and business professionals and at parishes and retreat centers around the country.

J. FRANCIS STROUD

In Memoriam

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.