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Timothy Ferguson


B.A., University of St. Thomas; M.C.L., University of Ottawa; J.C.L., St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada

Mr. Ferguson is currently the Administrative Director of the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Detroit and a Judge in the same Tribunal. He also serves as Promoter of Justice and Defender of the Bond for the Tribunal of the Diocese of Winona, and assists the Tribunals of the dioceses of Boise, Idaho and Scranton, Pennsylvania. In addition to marriage cases, Mr. Ferguson has assisted with penal and administrative cases as well as Latin translations.

Dr. Robert Fastiggi

Office phone: 313-883-8515

A.B., M.A., Ph.D., School of Theology, Professor of Systematic Theology. A.B. (Religion), Dartmouth College, 1974; M.A. (Theology), Fordham University, 1976; Ph.D. (Historical Theology), Fordham University, 1987. At SHMS 1999-

Dr. Robert Fastiggi, Professor of Systematic Theology, has been at Sacred Heart Major Seminary since 1999. Prior to coming to Detroit, he taught at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas from 1985-1999. Dr. Fastiggi received an A.B. in Religion (summa cum laude) from Dartmouth College in 1974; a M.A.

Fidelis D'Cunha

B.Com., M.Com., University of Bombay; M.A.P.S., Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Ph.D in Higher Education from the University of Toledo.

Presidential Fellow at Wayne County Community College District (August 2012 to present). Formerly Interim Academic Program Coordinator at the University of Toledo, College of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering.

Sacred Heart Major Seminary Alumni Board Member. Downriver District Council President for the Society of St Vincent de Paul and a member of the society's Archdiocesan Board of Trustees.

Susan Cummins

BA, Eastern Michigan University (magna cum laude), 1980 [Spanish, Anthropology]


MA, Eastern Michigan University (summa cum laude), 1995 [Foreign Language: Spanish]


     Thesis:  “Los beneficios de retiros ignacianos a mujeres de comunidades carismáticas del siglo XX"

      (“The Benefits of Ignatian Retreats for Women in Twentieth Century Charismatic Communities”)


B. Phil, Sacred Heart Major Seminary (summa cum laude), 2006


MA, Sacred Heart Major Seminary (summa cum laude), 2004 [Theology: Spirituality]

      Thesis: The Spiritual Journey According to St. John of the Cross



Laura Cristiano

B.I.A., Kettering University; M.A., Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

Dr. Mary Case

B.Sc., Eastern Michigan University; M.A., University of Windsor; Ph.D., University of Toronto.

Most Rev. Michael Byrnes

B.S., University of Michigan; M.A., M.Div., Sacred Heart Major Seminary; S.T.L., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome; S.T.D., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.


Bishop Michael Byrnes was born in 1958 and grew up in Detroit, MI. After graduating from Detroit Catholic Central High School, he attended the University of Michigan and majored in Microbiology. He spent some time working as a lab technician before he began serving in a campus ministry organization in the Ann Arbor area.

Fr. Stephen Burr

A.B., M.Div., College of Liberal Arts, Director of Undergraduate Seminarians and Director of Undergraduate Pastoral Formation, Instructor of Theology. A.B., (Philosophy), Sacred Heart Major Seminary, 1998; M.Div., Sacred Heart Major Seminary, 2002. Ordained priest 2002. At SHMS 2008-

Fr. Gerard Battersby

B.A., M.Div., STL, Vice Rector, Dean of Seminarian Formation. B.A. Wayne State University (Biology), 1983; M.Div., Sacred Heart Major Seminary, 1998; STL., Sacred Heart Major Seminary (University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Urbe (Rome)), 2008. Ordained priest, 1998. At SHMS 2007-


Fr. Battersby received his License in the New Evangelization from Sacred Heart Major Seminary, and is, presently pursuing a terminal degree at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Urbe (Rome) in Sacred Theology, in the area of Spirituality.   


Fr. Battersby was born in 1960 and raised in Detroit.

Fr. Daniel Jones

Fr. Daniel Jones is a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, Associate Professor of Theology, and Director of Graduate Seminarians.
Born in 1953 in Detroit, he received a B.A. from the University of Michigan (history) in 1975, and lived as a member of The Servants of the Word, a lay brotherhood, for 15 years. He served in a variety of apostolates, working in European missions (Brussels and London) for five years, and as a junior high school teacher (Ypsilanti, MI) for nine years. During those years he obtained an M.A. in Education and an M.A. in English from Eastern Michigan University.



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