Episode 29: Richard Sweeney

Dr. Sweeney at the 2017 Claire Bauza Lecture, Jun. 3, 2017. Photo courtesy of Gus Brunsman.

Richard J. Sweeney, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst, an associate professor, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and a former Roman Catholic priest.

He holds a Master of Arts in English literature from Xavier University, and master’s degrees in both philosophy and theology from the Athenaeum of Ohio's Mount St. Mary’s Seminary.

He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati where he remained for 19 years. During that time he received his doctorate in Psychology and Religion from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He later returned to the Athenaeum of Ohio and taught as an Associate Professor of Pastoral Psychology and Counseling and served as the school’s Academic Dean.

While spending a year’s sabbatical in Zürich, Switzerland, he decided to stay and went on to earn his Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich.

He has also taught counseling at The Ohio State University, and the Psychology of Religion at the University of Dayton, Xavier University, and Mount St. Joseph University.

Dr. Sweeney is the founding chairperson of the Ohio Valley Association of Jungian Analysts, and continues to be an active member of the International Faculty Wing of the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich. He is also a former chairman of the Board of Directors of the C.G. Jung Association of Central Ohio.

Having left the priesthood in 1993, Dr. Sweeney and his wife, Ellen Kandoian Sweeney, also a Jungian analyst, are now in private practice at the JungHaus in Columbus, Ohio.

A frequent presenter in Columbus, he delivered their annual Claire Bauza Lecture in June of this year titled “Dreams and the Dynamics of Transformation” which is the subject of our talk today.

This interview was recorded on Thursday, November 2, 2017. It’s 01:15:57 long and 57.7 MB. You can listen to it right here in your browser or download it directly to your computer. This episode is also available on iTunesStitcher, and Google Play.


Dream Analysis, Volume 1: Seminars Notes of the Seminar Given in 1928-1930 by C.G. Jung

Dream Interpretation Ancient & Modern Notes from the Seminar Given in 1936-1941 by C.G. Jung {sample}

Dreams: Jung Extracts From Volumes 4, 8, 12, & 16 of the Collected Works of C.G. Jung

Dreams, A Portal to the Source by Jungian analysts Edward C. Whitmont & Sylvia Brinton Perera

Dream Work: Techniques for Discovering the Creative Power in Dreams by Jeremy Taylor

Inner Work: Using Dreams & Active Imagination for Personal Growth by Robert A. Johnson, Jungian analyst

The Interpretation of Dreams: The Complete & Definitive Text by Sigmund Freud

Jungian Dream Interpretation: A Handbook of Theory & Practice by James A. Hall, M.D., Jungian analyst

Understanding Dreams by Mary Ann Mattoon, Ph.D., Jungian analyst

The Wisdom of Your Dreams: Using Dreams to Tap Into Your Unconscious & Transform Your Life by Jeremy Taylor


C.G. Jung Association of Central Ohio Celebrates 20 Years of Spiritual Reflection by Jennifer Hambrick, Short North Gazette, September 2009

God Made Whole: An Interview with Richard Sweeney In Touch, April 2006 {Scroll down this link for the full text.}

Passages: The Story of JACO A History of the Jung Association of Central Ohio {1989-2014} by J. Claire Hagan Bauza with input from Ann Murtha and Linda Thompson, prepared for the 25th Anniversary of JACO and the 20th Anniversary of Richard J. Sweeney

Richard Sweeney & the JungHaus by Ann Starr, Short North Gazette, October 2014

The Haus That Jung Built by Kaizaad Kotwal, Short North Gazette, November 2001


The C.G. Jung Association of Central Ohio Columbus, Ohio

C.G. Jung Association of the Miami Valley Dayton, Ohio

C.G. Jung Institute Zürich

Dreams & the Dynamics of Transformation 2017 Claire Bauza Lecture by Richard J. Sweeney, Ph.D. {Contact Gus Brunsman to purchase the 5-audio CD set for $40.}

Greater Cincinnati Friends of Jung

The Ohio Valley Association of Jungian Analysts

This episode is dedicated to Gina Peacock and Gus Brunsman.