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Fr. Mathias D. Thelen

Rev. Fr. Mathias D. Thelen

B.A., M.Div, M.A., S.T.B.  Spiritual Director at S.H.M.S. 

B.A. University of St Thomas (Philosophy and Catholic Studies), 2006.  M.Div, M.A., S.T.B., Sacred Heart Major Seminary (S.T.B., Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas, Rome), 2010.

Fr Thelen was born in Fowler, Michigan in 1982.  After two years at Grand Valley State University, he transferred into the University of St Thomas in St Paul, MN where he attended St John Vianney College Seminary.  In 2006 he graduated with bachelor degrees in both Philosophy and Catholic Studies.

Dr. Patricia Cooney-Hathaway

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 has a certification in Spiritual Direction from the Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation.


In addition to her teaching and committee work, Dr.

Dr. Ronald Prowse

Concert Organist   

   Ronald Prowse studied under the direction of Pierre Toucheque, Gale Kramer, Ray Ferguson and Marilyn Mason, completing his Doctorate in Organ Performance at the University of Michigan in 1992.  After graduating, he continued the study of organ improvisation and composition with Naji Hakim at La Trinite in Paris, France.  In 2004 he was appointed Associate Professor and Director of Music at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.  Dr. Prowse teaches organ both at Sacred Heart and as a member of the adjunct faculty at Wayne State University.

Dr. Elizabeth Salas

Ph.D. (Philosophy) Saint Louis University, 2006

B.A. (Philosophy and History) Houghton College, 1999


Dr. Salas is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Her principal research interests are personalism, the philosophical thought of John Paul II, mysticism, and ethics. She is currently researching the relationship between mystical psychology and phenomenology.


Representative publications include the following:


  • "Person and Gift According to Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II," American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 84 (2010): 99-124.
  • "Abduction and the Origin of

Prof. Dr. Ilaria L.E. Ramelli FRHistS

Professor of Theology and

Bishop Kevin Britt Chair in Dogmatics – Christology


Office:  Room 268

Phone: 313-883-8547



Professor Ramelli earned two MAs (Classics with Specialization in Early Christianity and Philosophy with Specialization in History), a PhD (Classics and Early Christianity), and a post doctorate (Late Antiquity and Religion), as well as two Habilitation/Abilitazione to Full Professor (in History of Philosophy and in Ancient Greek) and in the last 17 years has been Young Researcher in Late Antiquity, Assistant in Roman History, in Ancient Historiography, Professor of


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