An educator for peace and justice in the college classroom, parish religious education and the broader community, Heekin uses the principals of pastoral and practical theology to open up social and economic issues for how God reveals himself through the poor and calls us into solidarity with them. Her interest in a public theology of work grows out of a decade of laboring alongside of immigrant workers in Port Chester, New York. What began as a service project for workers, led to her discovery that the plight of the worker was more than a social problem to be solved, it was a witness to the economic and existential role of work in all human development. Heekin hopes to cultivate a dialogue on a public theology of work that breaks down the barriers between disciplines in order to realize new ways of imagining how work’s economic and individual flourishing benefits might indeed overlap.
Heekin has a BA in English Literature from Methodist University and a MA and PhD in Religion and Religious Education from Fordham University. She has taught at Fordham University, Santa Clara University, Sacred Heart University and Iona College. She is also President at Don Bosco Workers, Inc. and the Don Bosco Community Center in Port Chester, New York.