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David Perrin
David Perrin
Professor
Department of Religious Studies

PhD/DTh, University of Ottawa/Saint Paul University

STL, Pontifical Gregorian University

BSc, University of Western Ontario

519-884-8111 

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BIOGRAPHY

I am a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Hamilton and full-time professor at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and have been teaching Christian spirituality and ethics since 1994. I am the former President and Vice-Chancellor of St. Jerome’s University, a past-President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, and the former Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada. As a professional educator, academic speaker and author, as well as a popular workshop and retreat director, I have given conferences, workshops and retreats on a range of topics in Canada, the United States and Europe. Of particular interest to me are the writings and life of the Spanish mystic John of the Cross. My popular interests focus on the lived experience of spirituality in today’s world and how that experience opens up new possibilities for meaningful faith-filled living. As a missionary in Haiti (two years) and graduate student in Rome, Italy (three years) I draw on a truly international experience to inform my reflection. I am the author of a number of books which include For Love of the World: The Old and New Self of John of the Cross (1997); The Sacrament of Reconciliation (1998) and Studying Christian Spirituality (2007). I am also the editor of Women Christian Mystics (2001).
PUBLICATIONS

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Articles
“Mimesis: The Substructure of Hermeneutical Methodology in Christian Spirituality,” accepted for publication in Studies in Spirituality, Edition 28,  Nijmegen, Netherlands, forthcoming 2018.

 

 “The Trinity Who Prays and Engages Others to do the Same,” Vinayasādhana: Dharmaram Journal of Psycho-Spiritual Formation, Vol. VIII, No. 2, July 2017, 28-41.

 

“Metodologia ermeneutica nella spirtualità cristiana: fenemenologia e interdisciplinarità,” MYSTERION: Rivista di Ricerca in Teologia Spirituale, Anno 10 Numero 1 (2017),5-21. E-publication.

 

“The Clash of Transcendence and History:  The Conversion of Óscar Arnulfo Romero,  Part II,” Vol. VII, No. 2, July 2016, Vinayasādhana: Dharmaram Journal of Psycho-Spiritual Formation, Dharmaram College, Bangalore, India, 60-76.

 

“The Clash of Transcendence and History:  The Conversion of Óscar Arnulfo Romero, Part I,” Vol. VII, No. 1, January 2016, Vinayasādhana: Dharmaram Journal of Psycho-Spiritual Formation, Dharmaram College, Bangalore, India, 53-62.

 

“God’s Defeat of Deceit: The Seduction of Oscar Romero,” in Robert Pelton, editor, Archbishop Romero and Spiritual Leadership in the Modern World, Lexington Books, Lanham, MD (2015), 56-60.

 

“The New Self of John of the Cross,” Vol. V, No. 1, January 2014, Vinayasādhana: Dharmaram Journal of Psycho-Spiritual Formation, Dharmaram College, Bangalore, India, 31-42.

 

“Hermeneutical Methodology in Christian Spirituality,” THEOFORUM 44 (2013), 317-337. (Issue Backdated: Published February 2015)

GRANTS, AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS

Grants

Research Council of Saint Paul University, Research Grant for book: Studying Christian Spirituality, forthcoming Routledge, London, UK, July 2007. (2005)

Research Council of Saint Paul University, Travel Grant to attend American Academy of Religion as Workshop Facilitator/Presenter (2005)

Research Council of Saint Paul University, Travel Grant to attend American Academy of Religion as Workshop Facilitator/Presenter (2004)

Research Council of Saint Paul University, Travel Grant to attend American Academy of Religion as Chair, Mysticism Group (2002)

Research Council of Saint Paul University, Research Grant for book: The Symbol of Reconciliation: An Existential Approach. (1996)

Research Council of Saint Paul University, Travel Grant  to present at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion: Masculinity:  Personal and Communal Transformation via the Mytho-Poetic Text,”  New Orleans, LA  (November 23-26, 1996)

Research Council Saint Paul University, Travel Grant to present at the American Academy of Religion - International Regional Meeting: Asceticism - The Enigma of Corporal Joy,” LeMoyne College, Syracuse, N.Y. (April 13, 1995)

 

Fellowships

Doctoral Scholarship, Saint Paul University (1990)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (S.S.H.R.C.) Doctoral Scholarship, Renewal of Scholarship, Saint Paul University (1991)

Renewal of SSHRC Scholarship (1992)

Renewal of SSHRC Scholarship (1993)

COURSES TAUGHT

RS 150: Christian Ethics

RS 180: Love and Friendship

RS 251: Catholic Social Thought

RS 254: Christian Sexual Ethics

RS 348: Vatican II

 

Master of Catholic Thought

CT 604: Catholic Moral Life and Thought

CT 612: Special Topics in Catholic Theology: Vatican 11

AREAS OF GRADUATE SUPERVISION

Master of Catholic Thought

PROFESSIONAL, ADMINISTRATIVE, AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

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Professional

Member of Editorial Board of Vinayasadhana: Dharmaram Journal of Psycho-Spiritual Formation published semi-annually by The Institute of Spirituality and Counselling, DVK, Dharmaram College P.O. Bangalore, India.

Member, Board of Governors, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, ON; Chair of Governance Committee;

 

Administrative

University of Waterloo
Member, Senate

 

Community

“The Trinity Who Prays and Engages Other to Do the Same,” Plenary Session, Pray Without Ceasing Conference, Biannual International Meeting of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality/Universität Zürich, Kappel, Switzerland. Refereed, peer-reviewed process for conference papers. (June 28, 2017)

 
“Coequal Genders:  Why Men Need to Pay More Attention to Women of Faith in Order to be Men of Faith,” Keynote Address (45 minutes), Marian Days, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Waterdown, ON. Invited. (June 3, 2017)

 
“The Spirituality of Óscar Arnulfo Romero,” Keynote address during the annual “Romero Days,” (March 24-28) Notre Dame University, IL, U.S.A. Invited. (March 27, 2017)

 

“Board Governance and Mission,” Workshop for Board of Directors, Galilee Community, Arnprior, Ontario. (April 4, 2017)

 
 “Conversion in the Ordinary: Discerning God in Everyday Life,” Preached Mission/Lenten Retreat, St. Michael’s Parish, Waterloo, Ontario. (March 11-15, 2017)

 
 “Retreat: Living Trinitarian Life: The Invitation to Live with God Always,” Galilee Mission Centre, Arnprior, ON. (March 8-13, 2016)

 

“Les étapes vers l’union divine selon Jean de la Croix,” 3 hour Master seminar at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, in THO 5514 Étapes sur la voie de la plénitude.  DES in Théologie contemplative et mentorat spiritual. (January 17, 2016)

 

“The Experience of God: Mysticism in Everyday Life,” Workshop/Retreat given at the Galilee Centre, Arnprior, ON. (June 19-21, 2015)