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Human Development magazine is a quarterly publication for anyone interested in personal spiritual growth or for people fostering the human and spiritual growth of others. This includes religious leadership and formation, spiritual direction, pastoral care, education, counseling, and health care.

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Read our featured article this month!

The Robber and the Gift

Jeff Jay

Alcoholism is a thief because it takes so much from us mentally, physically, and spiritually. It not only robs us of our wellbeing, our health, and our faith, it steals us away from our family and friends. Above all, alcoholism destroys trust — the bedrock of all relationships. Addiction all but forces us to lie about our actions, sowing suspicion, anger and despair among family members and friends. Worse yet, alcoholism causes us to say things we would never say and do things we would never do, robbing us of our dignity and hurting the people we love the most. It is a cruel thief.

Additional Articles in this Edition Include:

  • Being Remembered: Our Future Present

    Msgr. John Zenz

  • The “Re-membered” Self: A Journey of Healing and Wholeness

    Fr. John Esper and Deborah Tourville


  • Weaving the Tapestry of our Lives

    Dr. Patricia Cooney-Hathaway


  • The Robber and the Gift
    Jeff Jay

  • Formative Memory and Healing According to Teresa of Avila

    Susan Muto


  • Remembering “I don’t know who I am anymore.” A patient after a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
    Connie Inkmann Taylor


  • Divine Mercy Re-members All

    Msgr. John Zenz



Msgr. John Zenz

Executive Editor

Jeff Henrich

CEO, Guest House, Inc.


Associate Editor

Fred Cavaiani

Associate Editor

Jeff Jay

Associate Editor

Richard Hittle, SJ

Associate Editor

Si Hendry, SJ

Associate Editor

Mary Lou Cochran


Jeff Jay

Jeff Jay is a certified addiction counselor and intervention professional, with a national private practice, based in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. His latest book is “Navigating Grace: a solo voyage of survival and redemption,” (Hazelden, 2015) from which parts of this article have been derived. He has served as a trustee for several professional and treatment organizations, and is currently a member of the board of advisors of Jefferson House, a Capuchin treatment program for indigent men, in Detroit.

Father John Esper

Father John Esper is a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit since 1983. Father Esper has served as the Spiritual Director at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and Liaison to the Charismatic Renewal. Currently serving as an active pastor in a local suburban parish, he continues an active ministry of inner healing, retreat leader, and spiritual director.

Dr. Patricia Cooney-Hathaway

Patricia Cooney-Hathaway, Ph.D., is Professor of Spiritual and Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Dr. Cooney-Hathaway has been involved in the ministry of spiritual direction for over twenty years. She has done extensive lecturing nationwide in the areas of theology, spirituality and the relationship between human and spiritual development.

Dr. Cooney-Hathaway authored the book, Weaving Faith and Experience: A Woman’s Perspective as part of a Call to Holiness Series on Catholic Women’s Spirituality, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press.

In addition, she co-authored a successful Lilly Foundation grant of $1.5 million for the education and formation of ecclesial lay ministers. She has been the Project Director for the implementation of this grant. She has also received the Pope John Paul II Memorial, The Splendor of Truth Award, by the Catholic Lawyers Guild, Diocese of Lansing, Michigan.

Susan Muto


Susan Muto, Ph.D., is executive director of the Epiphany Association and Dean of the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality. She holds a doctorate in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Muto has been teaching the literature of ancient, medieval, and modern spirituality for over forty years. She has written more than thirty books, and in 2014 she received the Aggiornamento Award presented by the Catholic Library Association in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the ministry of renewal modeled by Pope St. John XXIII. Her book, “A Feast for Hungry Souls: Spiritual Lessons from the Church’s Greatest Masters and Mystics”(Notre Dame, IN: Ave  Maria Press, 2020) won the 2021 first-place award in Spirituality from the Catholic Media Association. For more information on her life and ministry go to

Constance Inkmann Taylor

Constance Inkmann Taylor has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, California. Currently she is in private practice in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. Earlier in her career she had extensive experience in Speech/ Language Pathology.

Deborah Tourville

Deborah Tourville currently works as the Business Manager/Pastoral Minister at St. Vincent Ferrer located in Madison Heights, Michigan. She holds a BS in psychology and is currently completing her Master’s Degree. With over 20 years of experience in pastoral ministry, she works as a Spiritual Director and Inner Healing Retreat facilitator. Through Deborah’s work she has gained a strong interest in social justice issues and the wellbeing of all. She is the mother of four and grandmother of eight who enjoys golf and reading in her spare time.

Msgr. John Zenz

Ordained July 1, 1978 for the Archdiocese of Detroit, Msgr. John Zenz received a Doctorate in Spirituality from the Gregorian University in Rome in 1984. He served in various capacities in the Archdiocese including Moderator of the Curia, Vicar General and Episcopal Vicar for one of the four Regions of the Archdiocese. Since 2008 he has been pastor of Holy Name Parish, Birmingham. He became Executive Editor of Human Development Magazine in May 2015.