Dr. Christopher J. Stravitsch, Cofounder

Dr. Chris Stravitsch, D.Min, LPC, LMFT is the Cofounder and a Director on the Board of the St. John Paul II Foundation. He served as Founding Vice President for three years in the earliest stages of development. He has a passion for creating new ministries that meet today's most pressing needs, especially the pastoral needs of couples and families.

Dr. Stravitsch regularly publishes articles that reverence the dignity of the person and foster the good of marriage and family life. His articles have been published in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, the USCCB’s marriage apostolate website ForYourMarriage.orgFellowship of Catholic Scholars QuarterlyNew Oxford Review, The Cord: A Franciscan Spiritual ReviewLay WitnessLife Site NewsLife NewsTruth and Charity ForumSaint Austin Review, diocesan newspapers, and more.

Prior to co-founding the St. John Paul II Foundation, Dr. Stravitsch served eight years on the Formation Faculty of Assumption Seminary as Director of Collegians in San Antonio. There he worked with the faculty to develop the college formation program since its inception in 2006, in accord with the Program of Priestly Formation and St. John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation Pastores Dabo Vobis. Dr. Stravitsch still serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, Nebraska, where he teaches in the Spiritual Formation for Diocesan Seminarians summer program. He has a mandatum conferred by Most Reverend José H. Gomez, S.T.D.

Aside from his work with the St. John Paul II Foundation, Dr. Stravitsch is the Founder and President of Rejoice Counseling Apostolate, an apostolate which now serves Catholic parishes throughout Houston and San Antonio by providing onsite Parish Counseling Services for individuals, couples and families. Dr. Stravitsch is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, actively engaged in counseling in the greater Houston area. He earned a Doctor of Ministry from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and 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 and a M.A. in Pastoral Ministry. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M University. 

Dr. Stravitsch and his wife, Sarah, reside in Katy, Texas with their four children.