Associate Professor, Historical Theology
Room 302; ext. 258

Jaroslav Skira received his B.A. (Political Science, Christianity & Culture) from the University of Toronto (1991), and his M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) from the University of St. Michael's College. For his doctoral work, he was awarded the Governor General's Gold Medal for academic excellence. In 2004 he completed a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) from Regis College. He held various teaching positions at St. Michael's College, Regis College, the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies (St. Paul University, Ottawa), and the L'viv Theological Academy (Ukrainian Catholic University, Ukraine) before joining Regis College as an Assistant Professor in 2001. In that same year, he is also co-founded the Eastern Christian Studies Program.

Selected Publications

Co-Editor, with Myroslaw Tataryn. Windows to the East: Eastern Christians in a Dialogue of Charity [Collected Papers of the Annual Lecture Series, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatoon]. (Ottawa: Novalis, 2001).

"Roman Catholic Church." Encyclopaedia of Religions in Canada. Ed. James Beverley, J. Gordon Melton, Donald Wiebe. HarperCollins-Canada. [Forthcoming 2005].

"John Zizioulas and Yves Congar: On Christ and the Spirit in Ecclesiology." In In God's Hands: Essays on the Church and Ecumenism in Honour of Michael Fahey, S.J. (Forthcoming 2005).

"Eastern Christian Perspectives on the World Council of Churches' 'The Nature & Purpose of the Church.'" (Forthcoming in Ecumenical Trends, Feb./Mar. 2005).

"John of Damascus and Theodore Abu Qurrah: Icons, Christ & Sacred Texts." In Icons & Images: Inheriting a Tradition, Constructing a Tradition (Symposium, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, Jan. 24-26, 2002). Forthcoming in Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, Special Edition 2005.

"The Ecological Bishop: Metropolitan John Zizioulas' Theology of Creation." In Toronto Journal of Theology 19/2 (2003) 199-213.

"The Synthesis Between Christology and Pneumatology in Modern Orthodox Theology." In Orientalia Christiana Periodica 68 ( 2002) 435-465.

"Roman Catholic Church [Essay]." In Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopaedia of Religious Beliefs. 4 vols. Ed. J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann. Santa Barbara. CA: ABC-CLIO, 2002. 1086-1093.

Co-authored: "Reflections on the 'Nature and Purpose of the Church' [WCC, Faith & Order Paper no 181 (1998)]." One in Christ 37/2 (Apr 2002) 81-95.

"Epilogue: Opening Windows to a Dialogue of Charity." Windows to the East: Eastern Christians in a Dialogue of Charity [Collected Papers of the Annual Lecture Series, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatoon]. Ed. Myroslaw Tataryn & Jaroslav Skira. (Ottawa: Novalis, 2001). 323-330.

"What is Eastern Catholic Theology?" Proceedings of the 53rd Convention of the CTSA 53 (1998) 98-101.

"'Circumcise Thy Heart': Aphrahat's [the Persian Sage] Theology of Baptism." Diakonia 31/2 (1998) 115-128.

"Ecclesiology in the International Orthodox-Catholic Ecumenical Dialogue." Greek Orthodox Theological Review 41/4 (1996) 359-374.

Primary Teaching Areas

  • RGH 1010H - History of Christianity I (0-843)
  • RGH 2045H - Christology to 451AD
  • RGH 2430H - Roots of the Eastern Orthodox Tradition
  • RGH 3157 / 6157H - Trinity & Church to 1054 AD
  • RGH 3755 / 6755H - Eastern Christian Icons
  • RGT 3563 / 6563H - Eastern Christian Doctrines
  • RGT 3404 / 6404H - Communion Ecclesiology

Opportunities for Student Supervision/Areas of Interest

Early Christianity - Greek Authors
Icons - History & Thought
Eastern Orthodox Theology - Trinity, Ecclesiology
Roman Catholic & Eastern Orthodox Communion Ecclesiology
Authors: John Damascus, John Zizioulas, Georges Florovsky, Yves Congar