MARGARET LAVIN, B.A.; B.Ed.; M.R.E.; S.T.B.; S.T.L.; Ph.D.

   "Life can educate one to a belief in God." -Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value   
    Vice-President, Regis College
    Director, Field Education Program
    Director, Master of Sacred Theology
    Acting Director, Master of Divinity
    Assistant Professor, Contextual Theology

    Room 303; ext. 252

Biographical Summary

Margaret Lavin earned her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto.  Her doctoral thesis combined the theology of Hans Frei and the philosophical thought of Ludwig Wittgenstein.  She also received a Master of Religious Education from this same institution. Further, while attending Regis College, the Jesuit Faculty of Theology at the University of Toronto, Margaret completed a Bachelor of Sacred Theology and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (Summa Cum Laude). Her undergraduate degrees include an honors Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from York University, Toronto, and a Bachelor of Education from St. Andrew’s College in Glasgow Scotland.  

Margaret’s research interests include: the interpretation of the documents of Vatican II; Sacramental Theology and the Sacramental life of the Church; and the effect of language and culture on religious belief. She is currently writing a book in this area. Margaret is also a retreat-facilitator and directs retreats on a regular basis at Manresa, the Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering, ON.

Margaret Lavin's CV

Theology in Context

Theology is the articulation of our understanding of God and of how God relates to us in our everyday reality. Whenever we express our faith, we are making a theological statement. Theology attempts to understand the realities of faith articulated in the doctrinal tradition of the church community. Theology is not just about ideas, it is about how people, in their day-to-day relationships, express their belief in God. In doing theology, we strive to maintain a balance between how we understand traditional doctrines about God, and how we experience God in relationship.

Ministry contributes to this expression in a unique way. It is the nexus between what theology says about faith and how faith is practised in contemporary experience. The fields of theology and ministry challenge and contribute to each other. If theology speaks to its cultural context, the it is able to address current pastoral needs and can challenge our understanding of ministry. Similarly, the challenges of pastoral needs can call for a renewal in theology and a broadened understanding of the affirmations of our faith.

- Margaret Lavin, Theology for Ministry

Major Publications

  • Theology for Ministry (Novalis, 2004)
  • Vatican II: Fifty Years of Evolution and Revolution in the Catholic Church (Novalis, 2012)


  • Sacramental Theology
  • Vatican II: The Theology and Historical Context of the Documents
  • Theology for Ministry
  • Theological Reflection Seminar
  • Language, Culture and Religious Belief


  • Vatican II: Fifty Years of Evolution and Revolution in the Catholic Church