Faculty Profile: Michael Attridge

Michael Attridge, BA, MA, STL, PhD (St. Michael's)

Michael Attridge, BA, MA, STL, PhD (St. Michael’s)

Associate Professor | Systematic Theology; Christology; Vatican II


Biographical Summary

Dr. Michael Attridge earned a BA in 1992 in Communication Studies at the University of Windsor before coming to Toronto for graduate studies. He completed his MA in Theology in 1996, with a thesis on the Eucharist in Roman Catholic/ Anglican theology and later, in 2003, his PhD in Theology with a dissertation on the Christology of the Second Vatican Council. In 2002, he earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the ecclesiastical faculty, Regis College, Toronto. He joined the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s in 2004, as Assistant Professor, and served his first five years as Director of Basic Degree Programs.

Teaching Areas

Attridge’s teaching areas include Ecclesiology, Christology and the Second Vatican Council. His research is on the reception and hermeneutics of Vatican II and more recently on the influence and impact of Vatican II in Canada. He is the editor of two books: In God’s Hands: Essays on the Church and Ecumenism in Honour of Michael A. Fahey (Peeters, 2006), and Jews and Catholics Together: Celebrating the Legacy of Nostra Aetate (Novalis, 2007). Two other edited works will appear in 2011/2012: Vatican II in Canada (University of Ottawa Press, 2011), and The Contribution of Canadian Anglican Theologian Eugene R. Fairweather to Vatican II (Peeters/Leuven). In 2010, he began a new research project on the contributions of Bishops Alexander Carter and Emmett Carter to Vatican II, the Canadian church, and society.

Professional Activities

Attridge is a member of the Toronto Roman Catholic Archdiocesan ecumenical commission. In 2006 the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops appointed him to the United Church/Roman Catholic dialogue in Canada. He also serves as a member of the editorial board for the Association of Theological Schools’ journal Theological Education and an editorial committee member of the series Ecclesiological Investigations published by T&T Clark/Continuum.