Katherine Heskin


Job Title

Professor Emerita - Theology


Katherine Heskin has served as adjunct faculty for the doctor of ministry program at St. Mary of the Lake and formator at that institution's Mundelein Seminary. She is the founder and director of Dominican University's bachelor-level Pastoral Ministry Program. In that capacity she has served on many commissions throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago, including Advisory Boards for Lay Ecclesial Ministry and for the Office for Catechesis, which together certify lay ecclesial ministers in the Archdiocese of Chicago. She is also the founder and director of the Master’s in Leadership for Family Ministry and Faith Development at Dominican, a unique three-year program that combines on-campus and online education. . Author of Marriage: A Spiritual Journey (Twenty-Third Publications, 2002), she is a frequent speaker at church-related events around North America, particularly within her scholarly specialties of marriage, ministry and spirituality, including Native American spirituality. In July 2003 she keynoted the Worldwide Marriage Encounter Convention. She has been married for 48 years and has seven grandchildren. Her undergraduate degree was completed at Rosary College in political science and her Master of Divinity degree is from Loyola University Chicago's Institute for Pastoral Studies. Kathy holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake. Although retired from full-time teaching, Kathy continues to teach on-line courses in undergraduate theology, and in the SPCS programs. She is currently teaching one course at Edgewood College, Dominican University's sister-institution in Madison, Wisconsin.


  • THEO 256 - Marriage and Family Life