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Fr. John Vandenakker, CC

B.A., B.Th., M.Th., S.T.L., D.Th., Assistant Professor of Dogmatic Theology & Director of Graduate Pastoral Formation, B.A. (Philosophy) Carleton University, 1981; B.Th. St. Paul University, 1983; M.Th., 1985;S.T.L. St. Paul University, 1991; S.T.D., Gregorian University (Rome), 1993. At SHMS 2012-present.


Fr. John Vandenakker was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1985. Since then he has belonged to a new community of priests known as the Companions of the Cross ( Some of his previous assignments include:

Pastor of

Msgr. John Zenz

A.B., Sacred Heart Major Seminary; S.T.B., S.T.L., S.T.D., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. Ordained priest, 1978.

Holy Name, Birmingham

Dr. John Yocum

B.A., University of Michigan; B.D., Union Theological College; M.A., Queen's Theological College; D.Phil., University of Oxford.

Dr. Peter Williamson

Office Hours: By Appointment

Contact: (313) 883-8584


Courses, Syllabi, and Textbooks



Dr. Peter S. Williamson occupies the Adam Cardinal Maida Chair in Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. He received his M.A. in Theology from Sacred Heart in 1995 and his S.T.D. in Biblical Theology from the Gregorian University in 2001. Dr.

Fr. Eric Weber

Father Weber is a native of Fowler, Michigan.  He graduated from Fowler High School in 1993.  In 1997, he graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota with a B.A. in Philosophy as well as Catholic Studies.  In 2000, he earned an S.T.B. from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.  He received an S.T.L. with a concentration in Church History from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome in 2007.  Fr. Weber was ordained a Catholic Priest for the Diocese of Lansing in 2001.  From 2001-04, he served as Parochial Vicar at St.

Msgr. Daniel Trapp

A.B., S.T.B., S.T.L., S.T.D., School of Theology, Spiritual Director and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Liturgy and Sacraments. A.B. (History), Sacred Heart Seminary, 1980; S.T.B., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 1983; S.T.L. (Sacramental Theology), Athenaeum Sant' Anselmo, Rome, 1987; S.T.D. (Sacramental Theology), Athenaeum Sant' Anselmo, Rome, 1989. Ordained priest, 1984. At SHMS 1989-

 Monsignor Daniel Trapp was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 14, 1958.

He attended Catholic and public schools in the Detroit area.

Oswald Sobrino

B.B.A., Loyola University, New Orleans; J.D. Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans; M.A. (Econ.), Cleveland State University; M.A. (Biblical Studies), Sacred Heart Major Seminary; M.L. (Latin), University of Florida.

Prof. Janet E. Smith

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., School of Theology, Fr. Michael J. McGivney Chair in Life Ethics, Professor of Moral Theology. B.A. (Classics), Grinnell College, 1972; M.A. (Classical Languages), University of North Carolina, 1975; Ph.D. (Classical Languages), University of Toronto, 1982. At SHMS 2001-present.


Janet E. Smith holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.


She is the author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later and of the Right to Privacy, and the editor of Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader. She has coauthored Life Issues, Medical

Sr. Mary Louise Putrow, OP

Sr. Putrow is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Adrian.  She has served at Sacred Heart Major Seminary since 1988.


She graduated from Siena Heights College (now University) with a B.A. in Latin and received an M.A. from Siena in Guidance and Counseling. She also received an M.A. in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Adult and Continuing Education. In addition she has taken courses at Notre Dame University and the University of Michigan.



Dr. Edward Peters

Dr. Edward Peters joined Sacred Heart Major Seminary in 2005 with his appointment to the Edmund Cardinal Szoka Chair.


Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Peters went to Saint Louis University on a musicianship award, majoring in Political Science (B.A. 1979). He became active in pro-life activities and Catholic discussion groups and sang in the schola cantorum of Msgr. Martin Hellriegel's renowned Holy Cross Parish in North St. Louis. Peters then attended the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Law where he took his J.D.


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