The 2016 John Meagher Lecture

Please join us on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 for the 7th annual John Meagher Lecture, to be delivered by Dr. Mario D’Souza, CSB. The lecture, entitled “The Catholic University and the Unburdening of the Real World”, will take place at 7 p.m.  in Charbonnel  Lounge, 81 St. Mary St.

This lecture series was established in honour of Dr. John Meagher, Professor Emeritus of English, Study of Religion, and Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College. Dr. Meagher’s accomplishments include serving in the 1970s as Director of the Institute of Christian Thought, an M.A./Ph.D. program offered at St. Michael’s that was later incorporated into the Toronto School of Theology.

In a tribute offered at St. Michael’s College Council shortly after Dr. Meagher’s death in 2003, colleague Dr. Michael Vertin described his friend as “a stimulating, innovative, and broadly gifted teacher.”

The Meagher Lecture is designed both to pay tribute to that spirit as well as to help it continue to flourish in in our Faculty today. You will find a list of past lecturers below Fr. D’Souza’s CV.

About Fr. Mario D’Souza

mario_dSouzaBrief Curriculum Vitae

 Fr. Mario O. D’ Souza, CSB, Ph.D., is dean emeritus of the Faculty of Theology, the University of St. Michael’s College, where he holds the Basilian Fathers Chair in Religion and Education. He is a Fellow of St. Michael’s College. He is an associate member of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto, and cross-appointed to the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education, at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He also served as the Director of Advanced Degrees at the Faculty of Theology. He served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Theological Schools, and currently serves as the Chair the Board of Directors of St. Michael’s College School. He is the Director of the Basilian Network of Education and the New Evangelization.

He has been a member of the General Council of the Congregation of St. Basil, (the Basilian Fathers). He has taught at the Faculty of Education in the University of Windsor; he was Academic Dean at St. Joseph’s College in the University of Alberta; Chair of the Board of Governors of Assumption University, Windsor, and then its President and Vice-Chancellor. While at Assumption University, he held the Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Conflict. He has served as a member of the Collegium of the University of St. Michael’s College, and is a member of its Senate. He is a Full Member of The International Seminar for Religious Education and Values. He has served on the Editorial Advisory Committee and the Editorial Board of the Religious Education Journal of Australia. In addition, he has been a member of the editorial boards of the following externally refereed journals: Etudes maritainiennes/Maritain Studies and Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education. He has been called to be a referee for the following externally refereed journals. Religious Education Journal of Australia., Review of Religious Research., Journal of Educational Administration and Foundation., Canadian Journal of Education., Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education., Toronto Journal of Theology., Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice., and Journal of Educational Thought.

Some of his main research interests are as follows: philosophy of education; the philosophy of Catholic education; religion and education; the philosophy of education of Jacques Maritain; person and personalism; Catholic educational theory; Catholic university, culture, and the philosophy of Bernard Lonergan. He is a Research Fellow of York St. John’s University, and has been a Visiting Research Associate at the Institute of Education, in the University of London.

 

Educational qualifications:

B.A. (Honours), Philosophy, University College, Dublin

M.Ed., Philosophy of Education, University of Calgary

Ph.D., Philosophy of Education, University of Toronto

M.Div., University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto

C.A.E.S., (Certificate of Advanced Educational Specialization) in Religious Education, Graduate School of Education, Boston College

 

He has published in the following externally refereed journals:

The Heythrop Journal: A bimonthly review of Philsoophy and Theology; Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change; The Toronto Journal of Theology; Religious Education; Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education; The British Journal of Religious Education; Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice; The Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations; Études maritainiennes/ Maritain Studies; International Studies in Catholic Education; Journal of Educational Thought; Educational Theory; Paideusis: Journal of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society; The Journal of Catholic Higher Education; The Journal of Adult Theological Education; Canadian Journal of Education; Philosophy Culture and Traditions: A Journal of the World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies; Religious Education Journal of Australia.

 

A list of some of his publications:

 Books:

 

Catholic Philosophy of Education: The Church and Two Philosophers. McGill-Queen’s University Press, October 2016.

 

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

Winner of the First Prize from the 2015 Catholic Press Book Award for the United States and Canada in the Reference Category.

 

Chapters in Books:

 

“The Progression of Religious Education Since the Second Vatican Council as Seen Through Some Church Documents.” In, Global Perspectives on Catholic Religious Education. Michael T. Buchanan and Adrian-Mario Gellel, Editors. Pp. 9-22. Switzerland: Springer, 2015.

 

“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.” 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.” The Basilian Way of Life and Higher Education.”  Lectures by and about The Congregation of St. Basil.  Presented at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, 1993, Pp. 136-149

 

Refereed Articles:

 

“Something Rather Than Nothing: Human Living and the Christian Philosophy of History.” The Heythrop Journal: A Biomonthly Review of Philosophy and Theology. Volume 57. Number 3. (May 2016): 584-598.

 

“Being, Becoming, and the Philosophical Transformation of the Self.”

Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change. Theme, Cultural Clash and Religion. Edited by William Sweet. Volume 46 (2015): 183-193.

 

“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: The Educational Focus.”  Journal of Adult Theological Education. 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.”

Études maritainiennes—Maritain 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.” in British Journal of Religious Education and Religious Education.

Leona M. English, Mario O. D’ Souza, and Leon Chartrand

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

Past Meagher Lectures

  • Between Church and University: The St. Michael’s Faculty of Theology at Sixty

    William H. Irwin, CSB

    Nov. 13, 2015

  • The Influence of Pope Francis on Catholic Bioethics

    Dr. Moira McQueen

    Nov. 14, 2014

  • “You Have Been Told What the Lord Requires”(Mic 6:8): The Biblical Demand for Justice

    Dr. John L. McLaughlin

    Nov. 15, 2013

  • Has Theology Become an Obsolete Distraction?

    Dr. Dennis P. O’Hara

    Nov. 16, 2012

  • New Heaven/ New Earth: On the Pasts and Futures of Theology

    Dr. Lee Cormie

    Nov. 25, 2011

  • Cosmic Consciousness and Christian Commitment Linking the Mysteries

    Dr. Mary Ellen Sheehan

    Oct. 1, 2010