Sacred Heart Major Seminary's speaker series for lay ecclesial ministers, In the Heart of the Church, provides ongoing formation to men and women serving full-time or part-time in the Archdiocese of Detroit and neighboring dioceses.

The program features presentations from renowned Catholic leaders who are experts in their fields in an environment that fosters learning and fellowship among ministry peers. In the Heart of the Church is free of charge and includes lunch.

Online registration is now open (see below). Spaces are limited. You are encouraged to register as early as possible. Gather together your parish leadership team and come along as a group! Event will be hosted at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.


Dr. Donald Wallenfang

Gathering Up the Fragments: Pastoral Ministry in a Postmodern World

March 12, 2020 12:00–3:00 pm

After diagnosing today’s pop culture, Dr. Donald Wallenfang will introduce an approach to contemplative prayer as a first step of effective evangelization that challenges pastoral ministers to reinvigorate their personal lives of prayer in relation to their missionary activity. A variety of spiritual and philosophical practices will be presented as essential methods to engage in contemplative evangelization through gathering up the fragments of life.

Dr. Wallenfang, OCDS, is professor of theology and philosophy, as well as Lay Formator with the Institute for Lay Ministry at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Both he and his wife are fully professed members of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites.

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Past Events

November 8, 2018

Sr. Miriam James Heidland & Patty Breen

November 9, 2017

Fr. Michael Schmitz & Pete Burak

November 10, 2016

Fr. Michael White and Mr. Tom Corcoran

April 7, 2016

Deacon Ralph Poyo

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November 5, 2015

ValLimar Jansen

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