Jim Richter is a practicing Catholic and a member of Saint Joan of Arc parish in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a teenager, he was abused for several years by his parish priest. Following the abuse, it took two decades, the near-loss of his career, therapy and the loving support of family and friends before the process of healing began.
Jim is a member of the Hope and Healing Committee of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and helps plan the annual Mass of Hope and Healing in October and events during child Abuse Prevention Month in April. He serves on the Alumni Association Executive Board for his alma mater,Illinois Wesleyan University, as the co-chairperson for the Pride Alumni Community, a network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) alumni who are connected and engaged with IWU and supporters of the Pride Student Group through student engagement, mentorship and philanthropy.
Jim earned his MD from the University of Nevada, Reno, began his pathology residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL, and completed his residency at the University of Minnesota where he is currently a fellow in surgical pathology in the department of laboratory medicine and pathology.
His passions include education, mentoring, and lifting up the spirits of others on their own journey to health, healing, wholeness and peace. In his own life, he employs yoga, gardening, dog-walking, prayer, chocolate chip cookie baking, word games, and whistling to help maintain balance, cope with anxiety and fear, and find joy and pleasure. He believes that being invisible means being vulnerable, and joined Healing Voices because there is incredible power and healing in telling stories and speaking truth.
When he is not working, he spends time with his three schnauzers, Archie, Buddy and Charlie. He is the proud uncle of five nieces and nephews, and travels regularly to spend time with his family on Chicago’s south side.