compassion identity


About the founder
Vince Corso, M.Div, MSW, LCSW



​Vince Corso founded Compassion Identity in 2013 to address the need for a new approach to counseling and caregiver support. Drawing on his Masters degrees in Divinity and Social Work as well as over 35 years of experience, he has provided clinical supervision to social workers, clergy, and bereavement staff and volunteers, as well as offering extensive bereavement counseling to clients.

The genesis for Compassion Identity came from an article Vince authored that was published in The Journal of Oncology Nursing in 2013. You may read a copy of the article here.

Vince began hospice work in 1995 and served as Manager of Bereavement Care and Community Education for VNSNY Hospice & Palliative Care as part of his 18-year career at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. He has also trained as a spiritual director in programs at St. Louis University and Syracuse, NY.  Vince has worked as a bereavement therapist and a director of social work at hospices in central New York and Suffolk County, and served as a campus minister at Le Moyne College in Syracuse. 

Vince is a frequent guest lecturer on end-of-life care and has been featured on national television as an expert on public mourning. Prior to beginning his work in hospice, Vince spent more than 20 years as a Franciscan Friar in the Roman Catholic Church and a celibate priest for 10 years. He transitioned to married life in 1991 and also has a thriving wedding ministry. Vince lives with his wife and two children in Northern New Jersey.