Fr. James Valladares, PhD is a diocesan priest and an educational and counselling psychologist who is presently serving the archdiocese of Adelaide, South Australia.
This is his forty-fourth year in the pastoral ministry; the first nineteen years were spent in serving the archdiocese of Bombay (now Mumbai), India.
A graduate in Psychology, Fr. Valladares went on to secure a Master’s Degree in Educational and Counselling Psychology and a Doctorate in Marriage Counselling. For ten years he served as a Lecturer in Psychology at the under-graduate level at St. Andrew’s College, Bombay (Mumbai), India.
Four years ago, Fr. Valladares successfully concluded a post-doctoral Research Study on Psychology, Religion and Healing, strikingly demonstrating that ALL involved in the Healing Ministry are working together as a team, in God’s Providence, to eliminate a common enemy – disease; and to promote the ideal proposed by the Greatest Healer this world has ever known, Christ Jesus: “…that they may have life and in abundance.”
He has written many books including:
- Hope Springs Eternal in the Priestly Breast: A Research Study on Procedural Justice for Priests—Diocesan and Religious
- HOPE for the Hopeless, HELP for the Helpless
- A Winner Loser – a Psycho-Religious Inspirational Guide for Every Potential Winner
- The Beatitudes, Happy Attitudes
Some of his other published works include A Series of Sermons on the Sundays of the Liturgical Years (A, B, & C), and six booklets in the form of letters for young couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage, parents with infant children, adolescent children, and young adults.