Hello, my name is Sr Kathryn Hermes and I have been helping people walk the road of spiritual growth and inner healing for the past twenty years. A stroke at the age of 21 was God’s masterful move to orienting me in this direction. As I dove deep into the ocean of sorrow and confusion in my own life, I found my joy at last in sharing with others what had been given to me.

My best-selling title Surviving Depression: A Catholic Approach has been translated into 17 languages and is popular among those suffering with emotional vulnerability, as well as their families and friends. Through HeartWork, my online program for personal development and spiritual growth in holiness, I personally lead women and men through a journey rooted in the Catholic tradition. I am a spiritual guide and director of My Sisters, an online program on Facebook for Spiritual Accompaniment Along the Journey.

Sometimes we can’t touch the sunrise within us because we are numb from the effort to keep pushing through the wounding of present or past situations and events in our life. But at a certain point, we can’t ignore our heart’s desire for more.

A scriptural image that has drawn me deeply into God's tender intimacy has been the woman who washed Jesus feet. She represents for me all me--and others--struggles, vulnerability, sorrows, regrets.... This woman’s brave action and Jesus’ tenderness with her has become for me a sacred story because I believe that this is the love everyone craves.

Do I matter to God?

Does God see me?

Does God hear me?

Does God get what’s happening to me and what it means?

My approach to writing, presenting, and accompaniment is grounded in this certainty that God is love and he rises as the Dawn from on High in each person’s heart. I have always been awed by people I’ve met who have absolutely taken Jesus at his Word, risked everything, as the woman who washed Jesus feet, because they believed Jesus would be true to what he had promised. Here at HeartWorkwe together dare to take Jesus at his Word.


What would it be like to be happy?

Whether we still struggle with the pain of past wounds, are working through relationships and situations that are dragging us down, or worrying about the future, we yearn for a life that is free, fulfilling, and fruitful. The trouble is that we often feel that we have a hole in our hearts that we can't fill. We look for love, and it slips through our fingers. We try to give love to others, and no one wants it. We can't believe that God really would love us. We end up alone. 

Heartwork is a way to develop an active attentiveness to the inner urgings which block you from experiencing the joy, love, and mercy you want for yourself or wish to show to others. Through the one-on-one process of HeartWork you will receive the tools to be more present to your heart, to God, and to those you love.



HeartWork is for anyone who wants to:

Be Touched by the 

Presence of God

You are more intimately united to God than you realize. When you do HeartWork you are growing in your knowledge of the spiritual life and learning from the spiritual "greats" how to pray in ways that open you up to God's coming in your life as it is.

Live with Greater Peace 

and Confidence

Sometimes it just takes someone to "connect the dots" and offer practical tools in order for us to find the inner peace that comes from working on the pains and sorrows our hearts hold. HeartWork is practical, scriptural and fun.

Yearn for a life that is

free, fulfilling, and fruitful

HeartWork will support you in healing as you recover from a divorce, a death in the family, a disappointment? Are you suffering from emotional vulnerability? These difficult moments of life spare none of us. In HeartWork you gently follow the Good Shepherd as you make the journey of emotional healing.

What is HeartWork? 

HeartWork is a simple and practical process of watchfulness “at the door of your heart” in the spirit of the Eastern Fathers, who teach that the process for healing the heart is through a patient and sacred  watchfuless which gives rise to the deep experience of wonder that bubbles up from the heart. The exercises of attentive awareness learned through HeartWork makes a powerful difference because it is our lack of attentiveness to our inner world that is at the root of anger, addiction, fear, depression and violence.


Each session includes practical exploration of the wisdom found in the spirituality of the Fathers, exercises that facilitate self-awareness and personal integration (these are worked through together during the session as well as provided in handout form so that they can be done personally after the session), and guided  prayer.


People who do HeartWork commonly experience:

a new depth in prayer
a greater fullness of inner peace
relief from depression
a greater peace and confidence in relationships
self-forgiveness and forgiveness of others
a growth in self-esteem
a richer life and the capacity to meet one's needs
reduced anger
greater mental clarity
and hope for the future

After HeartWork you will discover in yourself:

  • A greater attentiveness to inner urgings which sabotage your deeper desires for wholeness and holiness
  • A greater presence to your heart, to God, and to others.
  • A more intentional watchfulness of what blocks you from experiencing the joy, love, and mercy you want for yourself or wish to show to others.
  • A gradually deepening spiritual life along a time-honored path indicated by Scripture,  Catholic spirituality and the Fathers
  • A growing capacity to live your life and encounter difficulties with greater confidence as you use the tools you have learned in your life, able to free yourself more and more from identification with what once had dragged you down

What Do I Need to Participate?

HeartWork is held via private videoconferencing using the site www.zoom.us. To participate you minimally need a microphone which is usually built into computers. If you have a webcam or camera on your laptop that is ideal. During the session on www.zoom.us we are able to converse as if we were in the same room.

To participate you will be directed to go to www.zoom.us and click “Join a Meeting”
You will be asked to enter a Meeting ID.
The Meeting ID is supplied upon registration.

The first time you use zoom.us the site will download a small program to your computer in order to be able to run. 

How many meetings are there? 

There 8 meetings in HeartWork Immersion

In these 8 meetings we explore the movement from inattention to that special quality of watchfulness that brings our mind and body together and opens the door to the heart and to prayer. There are exercises that facilitate the subtle journey inward to the heart, offering practical ways of working with ones emotions and finding freedom from patterns of thinking, reacting, and behaving that are blocking the way to greater joy in our life and union with God.

There are 8 meetings in HeartWork in Christ

In these 8 or more meetings we build on the shift in awareness and presence we have experienced in the first 8 meetings. Within the greater backdrop of salvation history and the fall in the Garden, we explore our identification with the passions and the purification of the nous, the guidance to softening our heart from Theophan the Recluse and St. Ignatius of Loyola, how to disidentify with the passionate thoughts that enter our mind, the living of the beatitudes as presented by Nicholas Cabasillas, hesychism, Deification, and living in Christ.

As we begin HeartWork together, we can direct the program according to your particular spiritual needs.


What is the cost? 

The cost for the HeartWork sessions is $30 per meeting.


How do I register? 

If you think that HeartWork would be helpful to you, I invite you to send me an email through the Introductory Registration at the bottom of this page.

Introductory Registration | Payment