Darren Dias

Darren Dias

Darren J. Dias OP

Academic Status

Assistant Professor, Systematic Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College (USMC), 2008

Faculty, Toronto School of Theology, 2008

Director, Institutional Accreditation, 2009

Director, Pastoral Formation, 2012

Academic Qualifications

Ph.D., 2008, University of St. Michael’s College, Faculty of Theology. Dissertation title: The Contributions of Bernard J.F. Lonergan to a Systematic Understanding of Religious Diversity Director: Dr. Robert M. Doran

Master of Divinity, 2001, University of St. Michael’s College/Toronto School of Theology

Honours B.A., 1997, History and Religion, University of Toronto

Research Areas and Interests

Trinitarian theology; world religions; religious pluralism and diversity; contemporary theological methods; analytics of human development; postmodern and postcolonial theory; intersection of systematic theology and pastoral praxis.

Academic and Professional Positions

2008 Assistant Professor, systematic theology

University of St. Michael’s College (USMC), Faculty of Theology,
Toronto School of Theology?

•2009, Acting Director of Basic Degree Programs

•2009, Interim Director of Field Education?

•Course Taught:
     o Conversion and Pastoral Praxis

     o Christianity and the World Religions

     o The Mystery of Triune God?o Ecology and the Dialogue of the World’s Religions

     o Theological Reflection Seminar?o Issues in Jewish-Christian Dialogue

     o Theology of the Holy Spirit?o Sacramental Life

     o Contemporary Controversies in Christology

     o Practicum for the Sacrament of Penance


2007 Dominican University College, Ottawa?  

     •Christianity and the World Religions

2007 Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College

     •The Triune God (SMT 2223 HS)

2004 Faculty of Theology, USMC

     •Principles of Spiritual Direction (SMP 2222 HS)

Teaching Assistant

2008, may Collège universitaire dominicain

     • Sur les pas de saint Paul

2004-2006 Faculty of Theology, USMC
      •Introduction to the Study of the New Testament (SMB 1501 ?HF) (Lecture: Ideological Criticism)
      •Christology (SMT 3242 HS) (Lecture: Jesus Christ and the ?World Religions)
      •Sacramental Life (SMT 2433 HS) (Lecture: Sacrament of ?Orders)

Guest Lecturer

Faculty of Theology, USMC

     • Introduction to Ministry (SMP 1600 HF)

     • Theological Reflection Seminar

2002-2005 Campus Minister, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto

     • As Campus Minister my various activities included establishing and co-ordinating the Chaplaincy Social Justice Centre; spiritual accompaniment; pastoral planning; communicating with other (interfaith) campus ministers at local, regional and national levels; oversight for the liturgical life of the College.

Academic Honours and Awards

2008 Governor General’s Gold Medal

2004-2005 Advanced Degree Programme Bursary, Faculty of Theology, USMC

2004 Iter Fellowship, The Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (declined) 2000 St. Michael’s Foundation Bursary
1999 The Reverend Walter Principe C.S.B. Bursary

Scholarly and Professional Affiliations

2010- Research Fellow, Lonergan Research Institute (Toronto)

2008- College Theological Society

2006- Catholic Theological Society of America

2004- Canadian Theological Society/ Société théologique canadienne

2002- American Academy of Religion

Service to the Academy

2011-2013 Secretary, Theology Department, Toronto School of Theology

2009-2010 Board Member, Board of Governors, Toronto School of Theology

2009 july Board Member, Bat Kol Institute, Jerusalem, Israel

2009 march USMC Senate Executive Committee

Honorary Doctorate Committee, USMC

Search Committee, Student Services Officer, Faculty of Theology, USMC?

Basic Degree Council, Toronto School of Theology

Master of Divinity Curriculum Review Committee, USMC Student Liaison, Faculty of Theology, USMC and the American Academy of Religion

Search Committee Member, Religion and Education Search, Faculty of Theology, USMC

Graduate Student Representative, USMC Collegium

Liturgy Coordinator, Faculty of Theology, USMC

Comité Liturgique, Centre Universitaire Benoît-Lacroix, Université de Montréal

Student Member, Board of Trustees, Toronto School of Theology

Co-chair, Student Council, Faculty of Theology, USMC

Member, Committee for Lay Concerns, Faculty of Theology, USMC

Member, Social Justice Committee, Faculty of Theology, USMC


“The St. Lawrence Flows into Lake Ontario: Tides of Renewal in the Canadian Dominican Province” in Vatican II: Canadian Experiences ed. Michael Attridge, Catherine Clifford and Gilles Routhier. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2011.

“Why Dialogue?” Religious Life Review 50 (2011): 121-127.

« Pourquoi dialoguer et pourquoi faire du dialogue interreligieux une priorité ?, » En Son Nom 69 (2011) : 23-29.

“Le multiculturalisme au Canada” Sources 45 (2010): 191-195 (with Philippe LeBlanc).

“Démographie et vies des Églises” Présence 19 (2010): 13-15 (with Philippe LeBlanc).

“The Emergence of a Systematics of Religious Diversity: Contributions from Robert M. Doran,” in Meaning and History in Systematic Theology, Essays in Honor of Robert M. Doran, S.J. ed. John Dadosky. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2009, 93-112.

“Présentation: In Service to the Church: Honouring the Legacy of J.-M. R. Tillard, O.P. (1927-2000),”Au service de l’église Communion, Honouring the Legacy of Jean-Marie R. Tillard, O.P. (1927-2000) Science et Esprit, ed. Michael Attridge, Darren Dias and Michel Gourgues, 61 (2009): 111-115.

“Interfaith Marriage and the Hospitality of Inter-religious Prayer,” Celebrate! 47 (2008): 11-16.

“The Echo of God’s Voice: A Vision of Religious Life in the Thought of Timothy Radcliffe,” Religious Life Review 45 (2006): 17- 30.

Book Reviews

Cyril Orji. Ethnic and Religious Conflict in Africa: An analysis of bias, decline, and conversion based on the work of Bernard Lonergan (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2008) in Toronto Journal of Theology 27 (2011): 137-138.
Bernard Lonergan, Shorter Papers. Volume 20 of the Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan. Ed. Robert C. Croken, Robert M. Doran and H. Daniel Monsour (University of Toronto Press, 2007) in University of Toronto Quarterly, 79 (2010): 403-405.
John V. Taylor, The Incarnate God (London: Continuum, 2004) in Toronto Journal of Theology, 24 (2009): 160-164.
N. T. Wright, Surprised By Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection and the Mission of the Church (New York: HarperCollins, 2008) in Science et Esprit, 61 (2009): 305- 308.
Michael L. Brown, What Do Jewish People Think about Jesus (Grand Rapids: Chosen Books, 2007) Toronto Journal of Theology 24 (2008): 299-300.
Frederick E. Crowe, SJ, Christ and History: the Christology of Bernard Lonergan from 1935 to 1982 (Ottawa: Novalis, 2005) in Science et Esprit 60 (2008): 86-88.
Elizabeth A. Johnson, Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints New York: Continuum, 2003) in Science and Esprit 58 (2006): 97- 100.
William E. Phipps, Clerical Celibacy: The Heritage (New York: Continuum, 2004) in Toronto Journal of Theology 21 (2005): 309- 310.
Gerald Sloyan, Preaching from the Lectionary (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004) in Toronto Journal of Theology 20 (2004): 255- 256.
Joseph Gelineau, Liturgical Assembly, Liturgical Song (Portland: Pastoral Press, 2002) in Toronto Journal of Theology 20 (2004):100- 101.

Edited Volume

Michael Attridge, Darren Dias and Michel Gourgues, Au service de l’église Communion, Honouring the Legacy of Jean-Marie R. Tillard, O.P. (1927-2000,) Science et Esprit, 61 (2009).
Published Proceedings
“Church, Academy and Spirituality in Tension,” Proceedings of the CTSA 62 (2007): 161- 162.

Electronic Publications

“Releasing the Spirit: A Trinitiarian Approach to Religious Diversity,” Available at : (accessed Sept. 1, 2011)
“Trinitarian Theology and Religious Diversity: Finding a Systematic Framework,” Available at: Trinitarian_Theology_and_Religious_Diversity.pdf (accessed Sept. 1, 2011)
Response to Thomas Hughson, S.J., “Classical Christology and Social Justice: Why the Divinity of Christ Matters,” Available at: Panel_Response_to_Thomas_Hughson.pdf (accessed Sept. 1, 2011)

Accepted for Publication

“Beginning a Life-Long Process: The Summative Evaluation for Ministry” in Teaching Theology and Religion (with Michael Attridge) (2011/2012).
“Cultivating a Culture of Reception: Some Pastoral Initiatives of the Canadian Dominicans” in Science et Esprit (January 2012).
Submitted for Publication
“Difference and Diversity: Shifting Demographics and Religious Life in Canada,” in CRC Bulletin.
“Re-thinking Salvation History in a Multi-religious Context: Contributions from Bernard Lonergan”
Work in Progress
“World Peace and the World’s Religions”

“Salvation in the Holy Spirit”

Conference Paper Presentations

“Re-thinking Salvation History in a Multi-religious Context: Contributions from Bernard Lonergan,” Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology Conference, Leuven, Belgium, October 22-26, 2011.
«Les repercussions de la pastorale de l’Institut de pastorale dans l’Archidiocèse de Toronto, » Transmission du religieux et pluralisme à Montréal, 77e Congrès de la Société Canadienne d’histore de l’Église Catholique, Montréal, September 24-25, 2010.
“Trinitarian Theology and Religious Diversity: Finding a Systematic Framework,” Lonergan Colloquium, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October, 2009.
« Releasing the Spirit: A Trinitiarian Approach to Religious Diversity» Les Journées romaines, Rome, August, 2009.
“The Canadian Dominicans and the Liturgical Renewal,” Vatican II in Canada, Toronto, May, 2009.
« Passer des conflits à la communauté: les amitiés inter-religieuses – une conviction chrétienne,» Convictions. Conflits. Communauté: L’impact de l’oeuvre du philosophe québécois Bernard Lonergan, Institut de pastorale des Dominicains, Montréal, April 22, 2006.
“Trinitarian Foundations for Relationships Among Inter-Faith Communities,” Engaging Particularities: New Directions in Theology, Interreligious Dialogue, Theology of Religions and Missiology Conference, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, March 19, 2006.
“A Review of Literature on Lonergan and the World Religions,” Lonergan Research Institute Seminar, Regis College, Toronto. October 28, 2005.
“Catholicism and the Encounter with Other Faith Traditions,” CCSA National Leadership Conference, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, QC, January 14, 2005.

Conference Participation

Respondent and Panelist, “’As the Father Has Sent Me’: The Mission of the Church in Multi-religious World” by Prof. Robert M. Doran, S.J., Marquette Lonergan Project, November 2-3, 2011.
“Narrativity, Identity and Diversity” Consultation for the International Academy of Practical Theology, Emmanuel College, Toronto, March 13-14, 2011.
Respondent, “The Truth Unveiled- Balthasar and the Contemplation of Christian Truth” by Prof. Gil Goulding, CJ, Lonergan Research Institute Seminar, Regis College, January 14, 2011.
Respondent and Panelist, “Classical Christology and Social Justice: Why the Divinity of Christ Matters,” by Prof. Thomas Hughson, SJ, Marquette Lonergan Project, Marquette University, Milwaukee, November 5, 2010.
Panelist, “Theological Education and Ongoing Formation in Religious Life,” Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College, March 10, 2010.
Moderator, “The Ethics of War,” Christian-Jewish Dialogue, Canadian Forces College, Toronto, March 26, 2009.
Respondent, “Psychic Conversion in Lonergan’s’Mission and the Spirit,’” by Mary Jo MacDonald, Lonergan Research Insitute Seminar, Regis College, January 16, 2009.
Animateur, “Parts d’héritage Colloque Jean-Marie Roger Tillard,” Collège Universitaire Dominicain, Ottawa, September 27-28, 2007.
Moderator, “Church Academy and Spirituality in Tension,” Special Session of the Catholic Theological Society of America, Los Angeles, California, June 2007.
Respondent, “What Values Ought I Engender in my Students,” Lonergan on the Edge Conference, Regis College, Toronto, August 12, 2006.
Moderator, “Congar Session,” Catholic Theological Society of America Conference, San Antonio, Texas, June 2006.
Selected Workshops and Retreats
“The Spirit Gives Birth to the Church: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic” Retreat for Young Adult Ministers, St. Michael’s Cathedral, May 28-29, 2011.
“Measuring the Unmeasureable: Challenges for Catholic Educators Today” Workshop- Retreat for Mons. Fraser Schools, November 19, 2010.
“Mission in the World: Pointers from St. Paul” Workshop-Retreat for Catholic Teachers, Fall, 2008.
“Building Relationships for Ministry,” Parish Ministers Workshop, St. Jerome’s, Brampton, April 12, 2008.
“See How He Loved: Exploring Relationships through Christ’s Eyes,” Newman Center Youth Council Retreat, March 7-9, 2008.
“No Salvation Outside the Church? A Vatican II Response,” Theology on Tap Lecture Series, Sisters of St. Joseph Young Adult Ministry, September 26, 2007.
“Mission and Ministry in an Inter-faith Context,” Presentation for the Downtown Serra Club of Toronto, May 2, 2007.
“Hope, Light, Comfort: Expectation, Journey, Mission,” Retreat given to the Youth Association of the Caribbean Catholic Mission of Toronto, Queen of Apostles Center, Mississauga, December 4, 2004.
“Journeying to Easter through the Liturgy,” Workshop and retreat at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Toronto. March 13, 2004.
“Mary in the Advent Story,” Lecture and workshop presented to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Toronto, December 13, 2003.
“Creating Liturgical Space,” Twilight Liturgical Workshop, St. Michael’s College Chaplaincy, September 19, 2003.

Academic Initiatives

Committee Member, Dominican Family of Toronto Justice Seminar, 2003- 2010
Coordinator, “Au service de l’église/ In Service to the Church,” Lecture series and edited volume honouring the work of the late J-M-R Tillard, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, September 2007-June 2008.
Coordinator, “After One Hundred Years: The lasting theological contributions of Yves M.J. Congar, o.p.,” Public lecture given by Dr. Thomas O’Meara, OP, Toronto, January 21, 2005.

Ministry and Ecclesial Service

Council of Priests, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto Chaplain, Pierre Claverie Lay Dominican Chapter

Councillor, Provincial Council, St. Dominic of Canada Conventual Lector, Priory of St. Thomas Aquinas, Toronto Board Member, Society of Sharing: Inner-City Volunteers Weekend and occasional ministry in the Archdiocese of Toronto (parish, ethnic communities, hospital)
Promoter of Vocations (Toronto Region), Province of St. Dominic of Canada

Board Member, Catholic Cross Cultural (Refugee) Services Bursar, Priory of St. Thomas Aquinas, Toronto Representative of Dominicans for Justice and Peace, United Nations Human Rights Commission, Geneva, Switzerland


French (fluent); Spanish and Portuguese (fair); Latin (reading knowledge) Citizenship: Canadian?References: available upon request.