Students

Christopher Hrynkow

Christopher Hrynkow lives in Saskatoon, with his wife, Wilma, and their two sons, Jacob and Samuel. There he teaches courses in Religious Studies, Catholics Studies, and Social Justice and the Common Good at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan. Hrynkow has also offered courses in Conflict Resolution Studies at Menno Simons College, University of Winnipeg; Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies at the Canadian Mennonite University; Religion and Ecology at the Jesuit Centre for Catholic Studies, St. Paul’s College, Winnipeg; and has instructed several courses within the Social Foundations of Education Department at the University of Manitoba. His ThD research employs a green theo-ecoethical lens to analyze Catholic Social Teaching on peace.

Christine Legal

Christine Legal is working on an MA in Theology degree at the University of St. Michael’s College. She is interested in ecofeminist theology and is currently writing her thesis on an ecofeminist analysis of in vitro fertilization. She received an undergraduate degree in biology and history from the University of Manitoba. She lives on the beautiful West Coast of British Columbia with her husband Jeremaya and their one-year-old daughter, Sophie.

Matt Eaton

Matt Eaton comes to EAITE from upstate New York and is a current doctoral student at the University of St. Michael’s College where he studies theology, philosophy, and ecology. Matt’s interests include other-than-human subjectivity, eco-Christology, and ethics. His work involves the use of the New Cosmology, as well as post-humanist /continental philosophies and eco-phenomenology, to re-imagine central aspects of the Christian tradition, especially, but not limited to incarnation and eschatology. In addition to this, Matt is interested in concrete encounters between human and non-human animals and how such relationships shape the horizons of each subject involved, creating meaningful inter-species partnerships on Earth.

Rachel Ball

Rachel Ball, M.A., is currently working on her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College. Her research focuses on developing an approach to environmental ethics rooted in a strong Christology. Her research incorporates the voices of many Christian mystics and saints, particularly the work of Thomas Merton, while also addressing moral theology in our present world.

Catherine Wright

Catherine Wright is a transplant to Toronto from rural Ontario and enjoys both competitive sports and an active life with her husband Todd and daughter Draven. After completing degrees in zoology, education and divinity, as well as spending several years teaching mathematics, science and being involved with chaplaincy programs, Catherine entered the doctoral programme in Christian Ethics at Regis College, one of the member colleges of the Toronto School of Theology. Her interests lay in interdisciplinary studies in science, theology, contemporary ethics, and spirituality. The main focus for her thesis work is on the implications of cosmogenesis on contemporary theological engagement with human suffering. She has taught constructive moral and sacramental theology courses through the lens of ecotheology and liberation theologies for Catholic teachers in Halton and Toronto. She is currently a tenure-stream assistant professor at Wingate University, North Carolina.

Sara-Jo Pipher

While originally from Toronto, Sara-Jo Pipher now lives in Sudbury, Ontario. She is keenly interested in the intersection of being earth and spirit creatures and how we live and honour that intersection, as well as exploring how to bring the arts into her studies and lifestyle. For some time and in a variety of ways, she has been exploring John Muir’s words: “There are no harsh, hard dividing lines in nature.” She loves canoe-tripping, walking in the woods, painting, dancing, talking with soulful people, cooking, and baking.

Michael Taylor Ross

Michael is currently writing his PhD dissertation under the direction of Dennis O’Hara, which explores the implications of Thomas Berry’s work for sexuality. Areas of interest include eco-theology, Thomas Berry, sexual ethics, feminist theology, science-religion dialogue and popular culture. He has a combined honours BA in History & Religious Studies/Philosophy from King’s University College in London, Ontario (Western University), where he has also done teaching assistant work for courses on film and religion and world religions. Michael also completed his MA in theology at St. Michael’s and his thesis focused on evolution and its implications for new understandings of the doctrine of original sin. He is the 2014 recipient of the C. Douglas Jay Scholarship in Theological Ethics, awarded by the Toronto School of Theology. Michael lives in London, Ontario with his wife and two girls.

Youngmin Song

Youngmin Song is a native of South Korea and has served the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Daegu as a diocesan priest since 2002, where he has ministered as an associate pastor, director of youth ministry, spiritual companion of seminarians, and assistant professor of theology. Youngmin encountered the significance of Berry’s cosmological, ecological and spiritual vision during his master’s degree work in Culture and Spirituality at the Sophia Center at Holy Names University in California, and in 2011 began his doctorate in Ecotheology at St. Michael’s. Youngmin’s doctoral research focuses on developing ecospiritual literacy in the context of Thomas Berry’s new cosmology. Youngmin’s work highlights how Christianity must cultivate and develop a distinctly eco-spiritually sensitive literacy in order to be able to read the Book of Creation. The aim of his current doctoral work is to be able to offer ecospiritual education programming in his future ministry work.