I am a Catholic Christian husband and father, that’s my primary vocation and passion. I am happily married to my wife of 16 years, Kristin, and together we share the joy of parenting our four sons. At Willwoods, I am blessed to serve as the Associate Director of the Faith and Marriage Apostolate. In this position, I work closely with my friend Jason Angelette (Director) as we try to serve married couples and individuals on their journey of faith. I offer retreats and lectures, write for the blog, and host a bi-weekly podcast, Always Hope.

Through our ministry, you can certainly expect some great content specifically targeted for married couples. I am proud of the work we do for couples and hope that these resources bless you. Yet, renewing our culture to be pro-marriage means more than just supporting married couples. The undergirding themes of love and faith transcend all states of life. So, if you are single or dating and happened to come across this page or listened to my podcast, know that you are in the right place, too.

As a marriage counselor, I strongly believe that good theology and good counseling theory can work together. You will see this mash-up throughout my writings, lectures, and podcasts.

I am happy you are here with us and hope you enjoy what we have to offer!

 

DR. MARIO'S PODCASTS:

004 – Loving Social Communication with Dr. Daniella Zsupan-Jerome

Social media is ruining everything! It is killing our brains and relationships. That is what we hear, and while yes there is truth to that, what if, social media isn’t the problem, per se? What if the problem rests on the lack of charity and virtue within the users themselves? What if the onus was on us to be better,

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003 – Broken and Blessed with Fr. Josh Johnson

Millennials are not as involved in religious traditions as previous generations. This is undeniable. Yet, rather than being intimated by this, let’s see it as an opportunity. Instead of feeling the pressure to change Church teachings or come up with some new gimmick to make the faith more hip, how about we just to get back to the basics, encourage

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002 – Faith and Doubt with Chris O’Neil

Let’s admit it, trying to have faith can at times be challenging. I love God, but sometimes I doubt: his goodness, his providence, his presence. This episode is about knowing what to do with those doubts when they arise. Ignoring, stuffing, or pretending they will go away are not the best options. Joining me today is Chris O’Neil, part-time family

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001 – Authentic Masculinity with Jennifer Miller

Men and women. Is there anything that causes more heartbreak than this dynamic? But try as we do, we are stuck together and have to figure it out. In this episode, we focus on the male side of this equation and try to determine what it means to be a man in a modern, pluralistic, and gender neutral culture. Joining

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DR. MARIO'S BLOG POSTS:

What Brought Me to Willwoods Faith and Marriage

Since 2006, I have had the pleasure of being a psychotherapist and marriage counselor. It’s good work, but hard work. Listening to people’s problems all day can be taxing, but seeing people overcome their struggles is a grace and knowing

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Loving your Inner Gollum

I’m currently reading the Lord of the Rings for the third time; 12 years have passed since I last read them and I am picking up more of the rich nuances in the novels than ever before. The whole story

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