Shalom Center, Inc. was founded to address concerns arising from the realization that fewer and older clergy and religious were responsible for an ever increasing amount of work to be performed in the Church. The need to address emotional stress as these clergy and religious progressed through the stages of human development became an issue of justice within the Church.
In 1979, at the request of Bishop Morkovsky, Bishop of the Galveston-Houston Diocese, Father James A. Harnan, M.S.C., researched and documented the needs of clergy and religious in ministry. The results were reported to the bishops and major superiors of the diocese. As a result, Shalom Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1980.
Through the Center’s outpatient experience, it became apparent that a supportive residential environment, creating distance from the source of stress, would result in intensifying the effectiveness of therapy. In January of 1990, Shalom Center, located 36 miles north of Houston in Splendora, Texas, became a reality. The complex is clustered around the chapel, a hexagon-shaped, rustic cedar and glass structure which forms the focal point of the 15-acre wooded site. Therapists’ offices, a large conference room and dining facilities are located in the administration building.