Dr. Albert S. Rossi

Director of Field Education

Dr. Rossi teaches courses in pastoral theology at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary. He was a member of the SCOBA Commission on Contemporary Social and Moral Issues. He has written numerous articles on psychology and religion and published a book through Paulist Press entitled, Can I Make a Difference: Christian Family Life Today. After teaching at Pace University for 24 years, he retired as Associate Professor of Psychology. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of New York. Dr. Rossi has a brief, bi–weekly podcast on Ancient Faith Radio titled Becoming a Healing Presence.

Education: 
  • B.A. in Industrial Management, Gannon College, 1958
  • M.A. in Religious Education, LaSalle College, 1963
  • A.M. in Counselor Education, New York Univesity, 1969
  • Ph.D. in Psychology, Hofstra University, 1976
  • Clinical Psychologist, New York State License, 1980
Publications: 
  • “Active Listening to Enrich the Church,” Jacob’s Well: the OCA Diocese of New York and New Jersey, Summer/Fall 2012.
  • “Internet Pornography: The Current Plague,” Praxis, Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Education Journal, Winter 2012. 
  • "Making the Bible Relevant," Praxis, Volume 3, Issue 3, January, 2003.
  • "Laypersons: Co-sharers in the Ministries of the Church," Your Diocese Alive in Christ, Volume XVII, No. 1, Spring, 2002.
  • "Saying the Jesus Prayer" (original article for this website) - also available in French
  • "Faith, Hope, Love and Anxiety," Your Diocese Alive, Fall 5, 1998
  • "Talking to Children about Death," co-authored with John Shimchick, OCA Resource Handbook, II:2, 1997 
  • "Learning from the Poor," Jacob's Well, OCA Archdiocese of New York and New Jersey, Fall, 1997
  • Can I Make a Difference: Christian Family Life Today. New York: Paulist Press, 1990
  • "Change in the Client's God," in M. Stern (ed), Psychotherapy and the Religiously Committed Patient. New York: Hawthorne Press, 55-62, 1985
  • "My Vocation in the Family", OCA Resource Handbook, 4:1984
  • "Parent to Parent," Liguorian, series of 12 articles, monthly, 1994
  • Spiritual Aspects of Fatherhood, reprinted in OCA Resource Handbook (II-95-1)
  • "Searching the Depths," Voices, 19, 2, 1983
  • "The Broken Family", OCA Resource Handbook, 3:1983 
  • "Learning from Our Mistakes," Studies in Formative Spirituality, III, 1982 
  • "A Symposium on Innovations in Teaching Child and Adolescent Psychology," Journal Supplement Abstract Service. American Psychological Association, 1978
  • "Intersensory Influences and Background Noise on Auditory Learning," Journal Supplement Abstract Service. American Psychological Association, 11, 1978
  • "Understanding High School Sophomores," Clearing House, 10, 1967
Presentations: 

Every year Dr. Rossi gives about 12 parish retreats and youth retreats across the country.

  • "Between Nature and Grace: 'Healing Vision' in Communities of Faith" -- two keynote addresses to the Society for the Study of Psychology and Wesleyan Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, March 29-31, 2001
  • "Prayer for Priests and Parishioners" to Orthodox priests in greater Charlotte, NC, Nativity of the Holy Theotokos, January 12, 2001
  • "Prayer and Meditation" to the wives of the Seminarians, St Vladimir's Seminary, Crestwood, NY, November, 2000
  • Arise and Shine" -- Keynote Address for the Indian Orthodox Youth Assembly, St George Malankara Orthodox Church, Staten Island, NY, November 5, 2000
  • "Premarital Counseling" to some staff members and "Relationship Issues" to a group of Cadets, US Army Military Academy, West Point, NY, October 24, 2000
  • "Purity of Heart: Sexual Issues Today" Lecture and discussion, with Ann Mitsakos, New England Youth Rally, Contoocook, NH, August 9, 1999 
  • "Sharing Faith in the Home through Stories," -- led a Luncheon Discussion, OCA All American Council, Pittsburgh, PA, July 28, 1999
  • "Saying the Jesus Prayer" lecture at the Liturgical Institute of Music and Pastoral Practice, 'Contemplative Prayer and Corporate Worship,' St. Vladimir's Seminary, June 24, 1999 
  • Featured Speaker at the plenary Clergy Conference of the Eastern, Western and Canadian Dioceses of the Armenian Church of America, presided by His Holiness Karekin I, Catholicos of All Armenians, May 4, 1998
  • "Family Prayer" retreat at St Gregory of Nyssa Church, Seaford, NY, March 13, 1999
  • "Seeing Each Other Through God's Eyes" retreat at St Nersess Armenian Seminary, New Rochelle, NY, March 6, 1999
  • "Living a Life Worthy of the Gospel" retreat at St. Nicholas Church, Norwich, CT, February 13, 1999
  • "Godly Living for Seniors" retreat at SS Cyril & Methodius Church, Terryville, CT, November 20, 1998
  • "Can I Make a Difference: Christian Family Living Today" -- weekend retreat at Holy Apostles Church, Columbia, SC, September 13-15 1998
  • "Can I Make a Difference" retreat at St Gregory of Nyssa Church, Seaford, NY, April 4, 1998
  • "Living Lent in the Family" retreat at St. John the Theologian Church, Shirly, NY, March 21, 1998
  • "Living Lent at Home" retreat at Holy Resurrection Church, Wayne, NJ, May 13, 1998
Teaching Experience: 

Retired as a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology, Pace University, Pleasantville, New York in 2000.

Church & Professional Activities: 
  • Assistant Editor, Family Life, Orthodox Publications Center, Syosset, New York, from 1997 to 2000.
  • Lay Ministries Committee, Orthodox Church in America, from 1985 to 2000.

Other Work Experience: 
  • Private Practice in Clinical Psychology, White Plains, New York, since 1980 
  • Lived the life of a Christian Brother, a Roman Catholic religious order requiring vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, for 11 years, 1958 to 1969 
  • Keynote Speaker for The Year of the Child, for the Mahopac, New York Fulmar Program, October, 1997
  • "Intimacy in Religious Living" workshop for the National Association of Religious Brothers, Eastern Region, Iona College, November 4, 1995