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.


Sr. Miriam James Heidland & Patty Breen

The Healing Power of Christ

November 8, 2018 12:00–2:45 pm

We are all wounded, all sinners. Broken, we struggle to minister to others. Come and join us for our fifth inspiring In the Heart of the Church speaker series, as we explore with Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, and Patty Breen how our wounds can become a place where we and others encounter Christ’s healing power.

The keynote speaker is Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT—a former Division I athlete who had a radical conversion and joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in 1998. Her story has been featured in the Seattle Times, the National Catholic Register, EWTN’s The Journey Home, the USCCB Convocation, Relevant Radio, and other outlets. She holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute and speaks extensively on the topics of conversion, authentic love, forgiveness, and healing. Sr. Miriam’s podcast, Abiding Together, can be found oniTunes and her book, Loved As I Am, can be found on Amazon. She tweets at @onegroovynun.

Patty Breen will join Sister Miriam for a Q&A session after the presentation. Patty is a MAPS graduate of Sacred Heart Major Seminary and has been working in parish ministry for eleven years. In her free time, Patty does freelance writing and speaking, loves running, strong cups of coffee, and writes for Blessed is She.


Past Events

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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