Dr. Robert J. Wicks: compassionate and wise

A wise and compassionate man was the speaker for the community’s annual October Weekend. Dr. Wicks, a clinical psychologist and writer about the intersection of spirituality and psychology, offered insights into dealing with a unique kind of darkness called “secondary stress”—that which is experienced by persons who are in the healing and helping professions.

Wicks used his 2017 book, Night Call: Embracing Compassion and Hope in a Troubled World, as the basis for the insights he shared. Night Call offers the stories and principles gleaned over many years of writing and mentoring for those in the helping and healing professions. The topics he addressed with the community and oblates that were present included: maintaining a healthy perspective so as to maximize your ability to be resilient; developing a personal self-care program; and knowing the four kinds of friends, or “voices”, essential to have in one’s circle for needed balance.

“The presentations were rich in many ways,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “Dr. Wicks was delightful and able to convey the content in a way that was meaningful and memorable. It was a timely presentation—the kind that is a gift that will keep on giving.”

Dr. Wicks is popular Catholic author of more than 50 books and a speaker who has been helping people take greater stock of their lives for almost forty years. He is professor emeritus at Loyola University Maryland, has taught in universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, nursing, theology, education, and social work, and has a consulting practice.