Regis News - Faculty News

Regis News – Faculty News

John Dadosky’s proposal was accepted by the Catholic Theological Society of America for a Bernard Lonergan Interest Group to begin at the annual meeting this June in St. Louis.  He was recently awarded an ATS administered Lilly Grant for a summer research project in theological aesthetics. He was also selected to participate in the AAR-Luce summer seminars in ‘Theologies of Religious Pluralism’ and ‘Comparative Theology.’ John’s forthcoming article in the Irish Theological Quarterly is titled: “Revisiting Lonergan’s Philosophy.”

Sr. Gill Goulding CJ has several articles to be published during the course of 2012. “Balthasar and the Contemplation of Truth,” is a chapter in a book edited by Lambert Zuidervaart Truth Matters (Montreal: McGill Queens 2012). “Beauty, Eucharist and Communion,” the title of a paper that she is presenting at the International Theological Symposium preceding the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in June is to be published in Acta. “The Irreducible Particularity of Christ: Hans Urs von Balthasar and a theology of Vocation,” (to be presented July at a seminar organized by the Conference of Bishops of England and Wales and Boston College) is to be published in Some Definite Service, (New York: Continuum 2013). "The Same but 'Differently': Mary Ward and the Ignatian Constitutions," is to be published in The Way Summer 2012. In addition, Sr. Gill has been awarded a Theological Scholars Research Grant by the Lilly Foundation and a Post Doctoral Fellowship at the Lonergan Institute, Boston College for her Sabbatical time January through June 2013. She will be based in Boston, with time spent in Rome for archival work. Sr Gill is aiming to complete two book projects one on the Trinity and the other in Ecclesiology. In addition she is exploring the complementarities in the work of Bernard Lonergan and Hans Urs von Balthasar in their respective considerations of the Trinity.

Mary Jo Leddy’s latest book is titled: The Other Face of God: When the Stranger Calls Us Home (Orbis, 2011). Along with her writing activities, Mary Jo Leddy has also been keynote speaker at a number of speaking engagements including a keynote address at the Ontario Meets Pedagogy Event, Annual Marcellus Lecture: ‘The Banality of Torture.’ She was one of the panelists at the 75th anniversary colloquium on Philosophy and the Liberal Arts at St. Thomas More College in Saskataoon. Mary Jo was also the keynote Speaker at the Toronto District Catholic Schools Principals and Supervisors meeting in March, 2012. She is a Visiting Scholar at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas

Margaret Lavin has just completed a book titled: Vatican II:  Fifty Years of Evolution and Revolution in the Catholic Church (April 2012), a straightforward and concise discussion of Vatican II and how its teachings have shaped Catholic Church practices over the past 50 years. In July, she has been invited to be the keynote speaker at a conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council at St. Michael’s College, Vermont.  In September, she has been invited to deliver a paper and lead a discussion at a similar conference at St. Paul’s University, Ottawa, titled: “The ‘Signs of the Times’ for a Global Church.”  While on sabbatical leave, Margaret continues work on her third book: “Language, Culture, and Religious Belief.”

Click here for an interview with Margaret about her new book on Vatican II.

Maureen McDonnell attended the Spiritual Directors’ International conference in Boston in April, where she participated in the planning of the Leadership Institute. The focus of this gathering was: ‘The What, Why, and How of Compassionate Supervision.’ She is offering a new course in the 2012 summer session in Group Spiritual Direction: ‘Together Sharing the Journey.’ Maureen continues to participate in the Roman Catholic/ United Church Dialogue, where the topic under discussion is marriage.

Dr. Gilles Mongeau SJ gave a lecture entitled: ‘Religion and Culture in Aquinas,’ to faculty and students in the Catholic Studies program at King's University College in London Ontario in March. King's is the Catholic college at the University of Western Ontario.

Sean Mulrooney offered a couple of unusual courses this past semester.  He taught a week-long course in Academic Skills for students in their propedeutic Spiritual Year at St. Augustine's Seminary. He also taught a course with Continuing Education at St. Michael's College that provided adult learners with an introduction to the thought of Bernard Lonergan SJ.

Gordon Rixon SJ joined the Catholic First Nations Elders Dialogue in Saskatoon in January, sponsored by the Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops and the Building Bridges Project. In February, he led an Ignatian Lenten Retreat day for the young adults of the Newman Centre at the University of Toronto. In April, he presented papers at the West Coast Methods Institute at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and the annual meeting of the Canadian Theological Association at the University of Waterloo.

Professor Jaroslav Skira was recently appointed to the Toronto School of Theology, as the Director of Advanced Degree Programs for a five year term. He will also continue to be a faculty member at Regis.  In February 2012, his translation of The Second Vatican Council Diaries of Met. Maxim Hermaniuk, C.Ss.R. (1960-1965), was published by Peeters Press. Recently, the book won the Manitoba Day Award for excellence by the Association for Manitoba Archives. He has also been appointed an adjunct faculty member at Domuni - Université Dominicaine in Belgium.


Michael Stoeber just published a chapter entitled: “Mysticism in Ecumenical Dialogue,” in the book, Teaching Mysticism, edited by William B. Parsons (Oxford University Press) and his essay: “Theosophical Influences on the Painting and Writing of Lauren Harris,” is published in the current issue of the Toronto Journal of Theology.  In May, he presented a paper at Campion Hall, Oxford University, on: “Christian Prayer of Recollection,” and in June he will be leading the 2012 Annual Day of Quiet Reflection for the Evelyn Underhill Society at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. on the theme of Evelyn Underhill’s inter-faith conversations. 

Photo caption: In February Michael Stoeber had a solo exhibit of his abstract paintings at Galleria 814 in Toronto. The theme of his works was: “Spiritual Impressions”.

Monty Williams's latest book: Stepping Into Mystery: Four Approaches to the Spiritual Path (Novalis Press, 2012), has just been released. Last year, he and John Pungente, who occasionally teaches the very popular course on media literacy, also published the second edition of the award winning: Finding God in the Dark, which uses contemporary popular film to offer the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  His handouts for the annual free Film Series will be available on the website: soon. This year's series looks at the Book of Genesis as a product of cultural memory written to remind its readers what it is to be human. In April, he was in Calgary doing work for the Calgary Association for The Spiritual Exercises Apostolate. From May until December, Monty will be offering retreats, workshops, and public lectures in Malaysia, Hungary, Australia and Tasmania. Monty achieved Advanced Degree Status this year and is revising his courses and his course outlines to accommodate this new venture. 

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