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The Journey of Conversion (Self-Paced)



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The Journey of Conversion






Dr. Patricia Cooney Hathaway, Professor of Spirituality and Systematic Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary


Teaching Assistant

Melissa Pordon


Course Description

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 self-paced online 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!

This course is not intended to be academically strenuous but to provide a shallow-entry point for those who have busy lives and need flexibility. This course is designed for personal enrichment and does not count towards any academic credit at Sacred Heart Major Seminary or for any certification in the Archdiocese of Detroit. 



For questions about course content contact the instructor/teaching assistant using the Inbox on the red menu bar on the left side of your online course page. 

For technical support see the Tech Support guide in the Welcome module of the course.



Required Readings:

No required texts for this course


Schedule of Topics:

  • Introductory Module: 

  • 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 


Module Activities:

The following learning activities are available to students each week. There are no specific requirements. Those who complete all the videos and self-tests will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. 


  • Video lectures

  • Recommended readings and links to additional learning resources

  • Self-test to see what you’ve learned

  • Suggested topical Scriptures for Lectio Divina prayer


The time commitment is flexible for this course. Lectures are generally around 20 minutes long. Participants who are interested in completing all recommended readings and course tasks can expect to spend around 1-2 hours/module on the course. However, levels of participation and engagement are up to the discretion of the individual.

All Equip Courses Include These Features:

  • A dedicated online learning support coordinator to offer prompt assistance

  • 24/7 access to the digital learning environment

  • Engagement as a community of connected learners who share a common faith

  • Extended access to course content after the course end date

  • Learning environment support provided by Canvas (our learning management platform)

  • Technical assistance provided by Sacred Heart’s IT staff

  • A Certificate of Completion is awarded to those who complete the course learning activities.


Technical Requirements:

Canvas Tech Requirements

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