Mary Jo Leddy B.A.; B.Ed.; M.A.; Ph.D

Mary Jo LeddyLecturer in Religion & Society
B.A.; B.Ed.; M.A.; Ph.D
Room 35; ext. 270

Present Works

Director, Romero House Community for Refugees, Adjunct Professor, Regis College, University of Toronto. Active member of the Ontario Sanctuary Coalition and PEN Canada, a Journalist and writer.

Action of Christians Against Torture.

Was founding editor of Catholic New Times, an independent national Catholic newspaper. Active in various human rights and peace groups. Frequent radio and TV commentator. Has lectured on various topics nationally and internationally.


The Other Face of God: When the Stranger Calls Us Home (Orbis, Fall, 2011). Radical Gratitude (Orbis, 2003) At the Border Called Hope: Where Refugees Are Neighbours (Finalist, Trillium Award 1997) Reweaving Religious Life (Best Book of 1996, Catholic Press Association of America) Say to the Darkness We Beg to Differ (Finalist, City of Toronto Book Award 1988), Memories of War, Promises of Peace, Co-author of two books. Author of several hundred articles published nationally and internationally – both popular and academic.


B.A. B.Ed M.A. Ph.D (University of Toronto). Doctoral studies in the area of philosophy of religion with an emphasis on Hannah Arendt’s approach to the Holocaust.

Honorary Doctorates: L.L.D. (Windsor), D.Lett. (York University), D.H.Litt (Mount St. Vincent), L.L.D. (Waterloo) D.D. (Emmanuel College,University of Saskatchewan), D.Min (Catholic Theological Union, University of Chicago)


Numerous academic awards and scholarships including: The Governor General’s Bronze Medal, the Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship, the Canadian University Presidents’ Award “Outstanding Young Woman of 1978”, the Ida Nudel Human Rights Award (1983), the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews Human Relations Award (1987), Award for Distinguished Contribution, Roman Catholic Communicators of Canada (1990), Best Publication Award, College Theology Society (Canada and USA), The Ontario Citizenship Award (1993), several press awards including best editorial, best news story, best theological reflection, best investigative journalism, best national newspaper, best campaign in the public interest. Leighton Studio Residence (twice) Banff School of the Arts, Order of Canada, 1996.Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award (2011)


Has traveled extensively for human rights, peace and religious concerns: Italy, Spain, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, the Soviet Union, El Salvador, Costa Rica.


English (mother tongue), working knowledge of French and Spanish, reading knowledge of German.

VISITING PROFESSOR: Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio Texas