Dr. Patricia Cooney Hathaway

Professor of Spiritual and Systematic Theology
Office Hours: 
Thursday afternoons, 1pm - 5pm; and by appointment.
M.A. Religious Studies, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Shalem: Two Year Ecumenical Institute in Spiritual Counseling. Washington. D.C.
Ph.D in Systematic Theology, Spirituality, Human and Spiritual Development, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Bio / Information: 

Patricia Cooney Hathaway, PhD is Professor of Spirituality and Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. She received her doctorate from Catholic University of America, where she specialized in the areas of Systematic Theology, Spirituality, and Human and Spiritual Development. She was awarded a Research Assistantship for Fr. Paul Philibert, O.P. during her years of study and taught an undergraduate course in “Faith and Human Development.” She was also elected President of the Religious Studies Student Association. She has a certification in Spiritual Direction from the Shalem institute of Spiritual Formation.

She was Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Director of the Spiritual Direction Program at the Washington Theological Union for two years before coming to Detroit.

In 1987, Dr. Cooney Hathaway served on the academic curriculum committee that designed the Master’s of Divinity, Master of Arts in Theology, and Masters of Arts Pastoral Studies for Sacred Heart Major Seminary. 

She became a full time member of the faculty in 1988. She served as chairperson for the MA/MAPS degree committee from 1994 to 2015. She was appointed chairperson of the STL Degree committee in 2017. In addition to her teaching and committee work, Dr. Cooney Hathaway co-authored a grant proposal which was awarded by the Lilly Foundation for 1.5 million dollars for the education and formation of ecclesial lay ministers. She has been the Project Director for the implementation of this grant. She also received the Pope Paul II Memorial, The Splendor of Truth Award, by the Catholic Lawyers Guild, Diocese of Lansing, Michigan.

Dr. Cooney Hathaway is currently Associate Editor of Human Development Magazine, a quarterly publication for people involved in fostering human and spiritual growth of others. This magazine, published by Guest House, Lake Orion, Michigan, is written for persons involved in religious leadership and formation, spiritual direction, pastoral care, education, counseling, healthcare and those interested in the development of the whole person.  

She has published a book, Weaving Faith and Experience. A Woman’s Perspective. (http://amazoncom/Weaving-Faith-Experience-Perspective-Spirituality/dp/0867169044) a part of a Call to Holiness Series on Catholic Women’s Spirituality published by St. Anthony Messenger Press. This book received the Catholic Books Awards, Gender Issue Category, 2011. 

Dr. Cooney Hathaway also writes a column on lay spirituality for Sacred Heart’s awarding –winning magazine, Mosaic. (Click here to view her latest posts (http://mosaic.shms.edu/category/columns/livinginthelight/)  She was a columnist for the Michigan Catholic newspaper from 1989-1995. 

Dr. Cooney Hathaway has been involved in the ministries of spiritual direction and pastoral counseling for over twenty years.  She is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America. She has done extensive lecturing nation-wide in the areas of theology, spirituality and the relationship between human and  spiritual development. She is married to Judge Thomas M.J. Hathaway and has a son, Thomas Jr. and a daughter, Victoria.


2021 Catholic Media Association, Third Place, Theology, for Sex and the Spiritual Life. Reclaiming Integrity, Wholeness and Integrity.

“Life in Abundance: The Journey of Conversion,” Human Development Magazine Vol. 38, Issue 4, (Summer, 2018), 6-19.

Read the article on conversion here.

“What Does Faithfulness Look Like:” Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life, Feature Article, Mosaic Magazine, (Fall Issue) 2018, 5-8.
“Blessed Are the Pure of Heart: Therese of Lisieuz,” Human Development Magazine, Vol. 37, Issue 2 (Winter, 2017) 55-60.
“Praying Through the Seasons of Life,” America Magazine, (November 23, 2015) 19-23.
“I Need Someone with Skin,” How does God Speak with us in our Everyday Lives,” Feature Article, Mosaic Magazine, (Spring Issue) 2015, 10-15.
“Sexuality and the Spiritual Life,” Seminary Journal. Vol 19 (2013) 32-37.
“Let Jesus Set the Pattern: Jesus’ Person, Message and Manner of Living,” St. Anthony Messenger Press, (March, 2011), 12-17.
“How Far Have We Come? A Reflection on Mulieris Dignitatem. Feature Article. Mosaic Magazine, (Fall issue), 2008. 7-12.
“Seasons of a Woman’s Life, Seasons of a Woman’s Faith,” Light Burdens, Heavy Blessings. Challenges of Church and Culture in a Post Vatican II Era. Edited by Mary Heather MacKinnon, SSND and Mary Ellen Sheehan, IHM, Illinois, Franciscan Press,
"Sex and the Spiritual Life, Reclaiming Integrity, Wholeness and Intimacy"

This book edited by Dr. Cooney Hathaway and published by Ave Maria Press, 2020, features a distinguished cohort of Catholic teachers, thinkers and leaders from every walk of life who share their life experiences regarding the integration of sexuality and the spiritual life.

Dr. Cooney Hathaway was invited by Dr. Jane Adolphe, Professor at the Ave Maria Law School, to write a chapter, "Sexual Integrity, Spirituality and Priestly Formation," for the upcoming book, Clerical Sexual Misconduct: Vol. II. A Foundational Conversation, 2021.


"Sexuality: The Risk and Challenge of Vulnerability." Human Development Magazine, (Fall Issue, 2021)
"Navigating Impasse Through Faith," Mosaic Magazine, Advancing the New Evangelization, (Fall, 2020)
"Why Stay? The Role of the Church in the Lives of Youth and Young Adults" Human Development Magazine, (Spring, 2020), Vol. 40.
"Life in Abundance: The Journey of Conversion," The Journal of Human Development (Fall, 2018)
Speaking Engagements: 
A Crash Course in Prayer According to St. Teresa of Avila
Dr. Cooney spoke at the January 2020 Theology on Tap, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Read the article about her talk here.

"Navigating an Impasse Experience in Times of Covid"
Sunday, March 21, 2021
On behalf of the Archdiocese of Detroit Bioethics Committee. (Zoom Conference)

The Rose Mass Ethics Lecture

"Growing in Sexual Integrity"
Sunday, February 21, 2021 to Saturday, April 3, 2021

A short online course from February 21-April 3, 2021 which features an array of credible witnesses from a variety of vocations -both men and women - who shared personal stories and professional insights abut growing closer to God through living a more spiritual and integral sexual life. This course was introduced by Dr. Cooney Hathaway and featured authors from her book "Sex and the Spiritual Life." Dr. Cooney facilitated a Q & A every week following each presentation. This online course is available through Equip (equip.shms.edu)


Catechist Formation Modules, ( Spring, 2021)

The purpose of these sessions is to educate and form catechists for ministry.

Video I: Foundational Principles for Prayer in Ministry.

Video II: The Art of Discernment: The Prayer of Examen

Video III: The Practice of Lectio Divina; Imaginative Contemplation