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Mario O. DSouza CSB

Mario O. D’Souza, CSB
BA (Hons), MEd, MDiv, CAES, PhD (Toronto)

Basilian Fathers Chair in Religion and Education

Biographical Summary

Fr. Mario O. D’Souza CSB is a member of the Congregation of St. Basil. He has earned degrees from University College, Dublin, the University of Calgary, the University of Toronto, the University of St. Michael’s College, and Boston College. His doctorate from the University of Toronto was titled: Jacques Maritain’s Philosophy of Education: the Education of the Person. He has been at the Faculty of Theology since 1999, where he holds the Basilian Fathers Chair in Religion and Education.

He is an associate member of the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto and is cross-appointed to the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education.

He is also a member of the Centre for the Study of Ministry, Toronto School of Theology. Prior to his appointment at St. Michael’s, he taught at the University of Windsor and was the academic dean at St. Joseph’s College in the University of Alberta. He has served as President of Assumption University where he also held the Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Conflict.

Fr. D’Souza is a fellow of St. Michael’s College. He holds a Research Fellowship at York St. John University, in York, England.  He also is a Visiting Research Associate at the Institute of Education in the University of London, England.

Research Interests

Jacques Maritain; Bernard Lonergan; Josef Pieper; Philosophy of Education; Catholic Educational Theory; Religion and Education; Catholic University; Person and Personalism; Hermeneutics and Education.

Teaching Areas

Jacques Maritain; Bernard Lonergan; Catholic Philosophy of Education; The Person and Education; Catholic Educational Documents; Hermeneutics, Culture and Education; Culture and Catholic Leadership.

Professional Activities and Awards

Member of the Board of Directors of St. Michael’s College School; Member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Theological Schools; Member of the Editorial Board of the Religious Education Journal of Australia; Full Member of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values. Member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Jacques Maritain Association.

Selected Publications and Presentations


Being in the World: A Quotable Maritain Reader.
Edited with an introduction by Mario O. D’Souza, CSB
Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Faculty member Father Mario D’Souza, CSB, has won a 2015 Catholic Press Book Award from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. His work, Being in the World: A Quotable Maritain Reader, won first place in the reference category.
“This collection of the writings of Jacques Maritain, one of the outstanding philosopher/ theologians of the mid-20th century, provides a readable and ‘quotable’ resource for contemporary students, scholars, and theologians,” the judges noted.
“D’Souza re-read 55 of Jacques Maritain’s works, took over 1,700 pages of notes, and organized them into a quotable corpus of 40 topics from ‘Aristotle’ to ‘Wisdom.’ The result is what well may be a classic study.”
Being in the World was published in 2014 by the University of Notre Dame Press.

Congratulations, Fr. Mario!

Chapters in Books

“The Distinctiveness of Catholic Education.”
In, Discipline, Devotion and Dissent: Jewish, Catholic, and Islamic Schooling in Canada.
Edited by, Graham P. McDonough, Nadeem A. Memon, and Avi I. Mintz. Pp. 45-72. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2013.

“The Miniaturization of Human Identity: The Human Subject as the Foundation for Leading and Learning Amidst Diversity.”
In, Leadership and Religious Schools: International Perspectives and Challenges.
Edited by Michael T. Buchanan. Pp. 33-52. New York. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

“Pluralistic Societies, First Principles, and the Freedom of Religion and Belief.”
In, Religious Education and Freedom of Religion and Belief. Volume 2.2012.
Edited by Stephen Parker, Bob Freathy and Leslie Francis. Pp. 113-130. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2012.

“Identity, Diversity, and the Common Good.”
In, Teaching Religion, Teaching Truth: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives.
Edited by, Jeff Astley, Leslie J. Francis, Mandy Robbins and Mulla Selcuk. Pp. 47-61. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2012.

“Jacques Maritain, the Imagination, and Popular Culture.”
In Image Makers & Image Breakers.
Edited by Jennifer A. Harris. New York: Legas, 2003. Pp. 147-154.

“Toward a Philosophy of Education in the Liberal Arts.”
In, The Basilian Way of Life and Higher Education.” Lectures by and about The Congregation of St. Basil.
Presented at St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon, October to February 1993. Pp. 136-149

Refereed Journals

“Jacques Maritain’s Philosophy of Education and the Development of an Interreligious Disposition.” Études maritainiennes—Maritain Studies Volume XXX (2014): 26-39

“Tradition in the Context of Religious Education.”
Religious Education Journal of Australia 29, 2 (2013): 9-15.

“The Paschal Mystery and Catholic Education.”
The Heythrop Journal. LIV (2013): 846-858.

“Religion, Education, and Democratic Community: Two Questions.”
Canadian Journal of Education 35, 4 (December 2012): 137-164.

“The Spiritual Dimension of Catholic Education.”
International Studies in Catholic Education 4, 1 (March 2012): 92-105

“Being, Becoming, and the Philosophical Transformation of the Self.”
Philosophy, Culture and Traditions: A Journal of the World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies. 7 (2011): 51-61

“Theological Reflection and Field-based Learning in Religious Education.”
Journal of Adult Theological Education. Volume 6.1. 2009:81-97

“Human Unity and the Catholic University: Some Notes from the Philosophy of Jacques Maritain.”
Journal of Catholic Higher Education. Volume 27. Number 2. Summer 2008: 253-269

“The Person, Natural Law, and the Good of Pluralist Societies: Some Thoughts from Maritain’s Political Philosophy.”
tudes maritainiennesMaritain Studies Volume XXIV, 2008: 3-18.

“Epistemology, Faith, and Religious Education: Encountering God in Oneself and Others.”
Religious Education Journal of Australia. Volume 24. Number 2. (2008): 9-15.

"Action and the New Evangelization: The Youthful Humanism of John Paul II."
Toronto Journal of Theology. 21(Fall 2005)2:199-215.

"Comparative Analysis of the Research and Publication Patterns ” Leona M. English, Mario O. D' Souza, and Leon Chartrand
British Journal of Religious Education. 100(2): 193-210
"Analysis of Contents, Contributors, and Research Directions: Mapping Publication Routes in the Journal." Leona M. English, Mario O. D' Souza, and Leon Chartrand
Religious Education. 100(1): 6-19
“Some Reflections on Contemporary Canadian Catholic Education.”
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education. 34 (2003) 4:363-381

“A Ten-year Retrospective of the British Journal of Religious Education.
Leona M. English, Mario O. D’ Souza, and Leon Chartrand
The British Journal of Religious Education. 25 (Autumn 2003) 4:308-319

Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Culture, and the Catholic University.”
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice. 6 (December 2002) 2: 215-232

“Jacques Maritain’s Seven Misconceptions of Education: Implications for the Preparation of Catholic School Teachers.”
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice.  5 (June 2002) 4: 435-452

“Experience, Subjectivity and Christian Religious Education: Canadian Catholic Education in the 21st Century.”
The Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations 15 (2001) 2: 11-25

“Maritain’s Philosophy of Education and Christian Religious Education.
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice 4 (March 2001) 3: 375-395.

“Religious Particularism and Cultural Pluralism: The Possible Contribution of Religious Education to Canadian Political Identity.”
Religious Education 95 (Summer 2000) 3:234-249.

“Intellectual Unity, Intellectual Virtues and Intellectual Culture.
Études maritainiennes/ Maritain Studies. 16 (2000): 59-70.

“The Christian Philosophy of Education and Christian Religious Education.”
Journal of Educational Thought 34 (April 2000) 1:11-28

“Jacques Maritain’s Philosophy of History and Philosophy of Education: A Relationship Secured Through Experience and Reason.
The Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations 12 (1997) 2:12-24

“Educational Pastiche Versus the Education of Natural Intelligence and the Intellectual Virtues According to Jacques Maritain.
Educational Theory 46 (Fall 1996) 4:501-510

“The Preparation of Teachers for Roman Catholic Schools: Some Philosophical First Principles.
Paideusis: Journal of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society 9 (Spring 1996) 2:5-19

“The Education of Natural Intelligence and the Intellectual Virtues: Has Educational Pastiche Had the Last Laugh?”
Études maritainiennes/ Maritain Studies 11 (1995): 234-246.

“Toward a Canadian Political Philosophy of Education.
Paideusis: Journal of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society 7 (Spring 1994) 2:13-24

“God and Jacques Maritain’s Philosophy of Education: Uninvited Guests at the Postmodern Party.”
Etudes maritainiennes/ Maritain Studies 10 (1994): 155-168

“Philosophy, Philosophy of Education, and the Education of Teachers.”
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education 23 (1992) 3: 255-264