Robert J. Hesse, Ph.D.

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Robert J. Hesse, Ph.D.

Robert Hesse, Ph.D., is a permanent Catholic deacon. He is Co-founder
and President of Contemplative Network, dedicated to interdenominational
Christian contemplative prayer teaching, scientific research and interfaith
dialogue. He was inspired by Trappist monk Fr. Thomas Merton, while on
retreat at Gethsemani Trappist monastery. Later he was appointed by Trappist
Fr. Thomas Keating, Commissioned Presenter of Contemplative Outreach
Ltd. (COL) and Keating’s emissary to the first COL dialogue with
the Mind & Life Institute, in response to an invitation by The Dalai Lama
to Keating. He is retired Vice Chairman and current faculty member of the
interfaith Institute for Spirituality and Health, the oldest such organization
in the U.S.A. located in the Texas Medical Center, the largest in the
world. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Thomas and
faculty member of the Magis Center and Spiritual Direction Institute at
the Emmaus Spirituality Center. He has given numerous international and
interfaith presentations, retreats, and courses on contemplative prayer and
Faith and Science, having degrees in both.