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Faculty of Theology

Faculty Profile

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

Dean of Theology

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. He is an associate member of the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto and is cross-appointed to the Department of Theory and Policy Studies. 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.

Research Interests

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

Teaching Areas

Catholic philosophy of education; The person and education; Catholic educational documents; Hermeneutics, culture and education; Culture and Catholic leadership, Bernard Lonergan.

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; 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

CHAPTERs in Books

“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

“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.