Regis College has been gifted, through the benefaction of Mr. Peter Benninger, with an extraordinary life-sized bronze sculpture of "Jesus the Homeless", the work of the Canadian sculptuer Timothy Schmalz. 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:
After each panelist speaks for 10-15 minutes, the members of the panel will exchange with each other and the assembly.
Bring a candle to join the Regis College community in a fifteen minute, silent vigil with "Jesus the Homeless" following the panel discussion.
Regis College is located at 100 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, near the corner of Queen's Park Crescent East. Regis College is on the 94 Wellesley bus route and a short walk (south) from the Museum subway station. Public parking is available in the University of St. Michael's College parking lot on St. Joseph Street, one block north of Regis College. The venue is accessible.
Regis College is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto and a Founding Member of the Toronto School of Theology.
Members of the public interested in theological education are invited to attend an open house in October and March each year.