The Journey of Conversion
with Dr. Patricia Cooney Hathaway
A free online course designed for the lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Detroit and those seeking to Unleash the Gospel!


Free Online Self-Paced Course

Join us this Lent as Dr. Patricia Cooney Hathaway, Professor of Spirituality and Systematic Theology, explores the journey of conversion as a letting go of the false self as we discover our true self in God. 

In this FREE online, self-paced course, Dr. Cooney will illustrate this journey to our true selves in God through the compelling life stories of Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero, and Etty Hillesum. Their journeys of conversion illuminate and provide guidance for our own!

Completed at your own pace, you can use this course as a Lenten study or retreat experience to grow deeper in your personal relationship with God 

How is this course structured?

This FREE non-credit course is being offered online using the seminary's learning management system, Canvas. Upon signing up for the course, students will receive a username and password for accessing the online class.

The class will be conducted online giving students the freedom to engage with the material and complete course tasks around their own schedule. The class will consist of six modules which can be completed according to the individual's own pace.

Each module will be hosted by Dr. Patricia Cooney Hathaway, Professor of Spiritual and Systematic Theology

Each module will include:

- Lecture Video (~20 minutes)
- Lectio Divina Exercise (~10 minutes)
- Personal Assessment Quiz (~5 minutes)
- Supplemental Reading Material

The goal of the course is not to deliver a high level of rigor or stress, but instead engage Catholics who want to learn more about their faith.

Consider this a Lenten study or retreat experience, done at your own pace.  This is an opportunity to grow deeper in your relationship with the Lord and with others.

What will be covered?  

Module 1: The Dimensions of Conversion
Module 2: Life Stories of Conversion - Thomas Merton
Module 3: Life Stories of Conversion - Dorothy Day
Module 4: Life Stories of Conversion - Oscar Romero
Module 5: Life Stories of Conversion - Etty Hillesum
Module 6: Where To Go From Here

presented by:


Dr. Patricia Cooney Hathaway

Professor of Spiritual and Systematic Theology

"To be a saint means for me to be myself." 

—Thomas Merton 

Register today or request information to learn more about the course and other offerings at Sacred Heart.