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Cristina Vanin
Cristina Vanin
Associate Professor
Department of Religious Studies

Chair, Department of Religious Studies

Director, Master of Catholic Thought


PhD, Boston College

MDiv, University of St. Michael's College

BA Honours, St. Jerome's University




SH 2030
Cristina Vanin Vice President Academic and Dean

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“Attaining Harmony with the Earth,” in In Search of the Whole: Twelve Essays on Faith and Academic Life. Edited by John C. Haughey, S.J. Georgetown Press, 2011: 288-323.


“Canadian Women’s Religious Communities: Models of Contextual Ecological Justice,” Feminist Theology with a Canadian Accent: Canadian Perspectives on Contextual Feminist Theology. Edited by Mary Ann Beavis, with Elaine Guillemin and Barbara Pell. Novalis, 2008: 273-290.


“Ecofeminist Theology: Choosing Life for All,” Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education. Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Volume 24, No.1, Summer 2004: 95-114.



Academic Presentations and Panels

“Toward an Ecological Age: The Role of Conversion,” WCMI 2012, The 27th Annual Fallon Memorial Lonergan Symposium, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, April 12-14, 2012


“Spiritual Exercises for an Ecological Age,” Sewanee: The University of the South, February 2012


“Polar Bears, My Children, and God: What I am Doing When I am Loving Them,” Lonergan Research Institute Seminar, Regis College, March 27, 2009


Community Presentations

“Ecology and Spirituality,” St. Ignatius Church, Baltimore, Maryland, October 24, 2011


Jesuit Forum on Spirituality, Ecology and Justice, Chancery Office, Diocese of Hamilton, June 9-10, 2011


“A Spirituality of Ecological Justice: ‘who is my neighbor?’” Ignatian Spirituality Group, Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Guelph, Ontario, May 10, 2011


“The Sacrament of Marriage,” Presentations at 3 local churches, March 31, 2011


RS 251: Catholic Social Thought

RS 255: Roman Catholicism

RS 285/ERS 294: The Sacred Earth: Religion and Ecology

ARTS 290: Second-Year Topics in Arts Disciplines [Topic: Foundation of Student Leadership]

RS 291: Special Topics [Topic: SJU in Peru]

RS 351: Catholic Social Thought

RS 398: Directed Readings in Special Subjects [Topic: Catholicism and Migration]

RS 398: Directed Readings in Special Subjects [Topic: Current Ethical Issues]

CT 603: Foundations of Theology

CT 615: Catholic Social Ethics



Director, Master of Catholic Thought Program (2022-2024)

Chair, Department of Religious Studies (2022-present)

Acting Chair, Department of Religious Studies (2022)

Interim Vice President Academic and Dean (2019-2021)

Acting Dean (2018-2019)
Director, Master of Catholic Thought Program (2005-2007, 2008-2019)

Coordinator, Lectures in Catholic Experience (2012-2018)