Spring 2013 Panel Discussion on Homelessness in Toronto

Regis College has been gifted with an extraordinary life-sized bronze sculpture of "Jesus the Homeless", the work of the Canadian sculpter Timothy Schmalz. The sculpture was made possible by a donation from Peter Benninger. Installed recently on the front plaza of the college, the sculpture invites those approaching the main entrance of the college at 100 Wellesley Street West to reflect about their relation with the homeless poor, the most vulnerable of the marginalized people living in our midst.

The piece helps to interpret the educational mission of Regis College and its commitment to advocacy for justice to its Queen's Park neighbourhood and the City of Toronto.

As part of the celebration of its reception of this thought provoking gift, Regis College will host a panel discussion on homelessness in Toronto. This discussion will take place on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 7:00pm.

Three panelists will offer reflections on themes related to the sculpture:

  • Edward Penton, S.J., a Master of Divinity student at Regis College, will speak on his experiences of being on pilgrimage and in solidarity with the homeless
  • Bruce Rivers, Executive Director of Covenant House Toronto, will speak on youth homelessness in Toronto and beyond.
  • Gordon Rixon, S.J., Dean of Regis College, will speak on the relation of beauty and justice, especially in regard to the sculpture.

After each panelist speaks for 10-15 minutes, the members of the panel will exchange with each other and the assembly.

For background on the sculpture, please see an article from the Catholic Register: "'Jesus the Homeless' home at last"

For some coverage on the panel discussion, please see a recent article from the Catholic Register: "Seeing the homeless among us"

Regis College is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto and a Founding Member of the Toronto School of Theology.

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