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Maris Kirsons

Maris Kirsons, Canadian marriage and family therapist, pastor. Achievements include playing major role in introduction of 12-step based addiction therapy in Latvia; protests of human rights violations in Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics resulting in international attention.

Background

  • Kirsons, Maris was born on December 26, 1940 in Riga, Latvia. Came to the United States, 1949. Son of Paul and Rasma Kirsons.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Augustana College, 1963. Master of Divinity, Lutheran School Theology, 1967. Master of Theology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 1994.

    Career

    • Pastor St. Paul's Latvian Lutheran Church, Wooddale, Illinois, 1967-1975, St. John's Latvian Lutheran Church, Philadelphia, 1976-1990. Marriage and family therapy intern Interfaith Pastoral Counseling, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, 1990-1992. Marriage and family therapist, addiction therapist Toronto, Canada, since 1992.

      Director evangelism Latvian Lutheran Church in American, Chicago, 1985-1993, vice president, since 1990, director benevolence, since 1993.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include playing major role in introduction of 12-step based addiction therapy in Latvia. Protests of human rights violations in Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics resulting in international attention.

    Works

    • Contributor poetry and essays to professional journals.

    Connections

    • Married Inga R. Patterson, July 1990.
    • father: Paul Kirsons
    • mother: Rasma Kirsons
    • spouse: Inga R. Patterson
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    Born December 26, 1940
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