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David Perrin
David Perrin
Professor
Department of Religious Studies

Link to CV: 

 

Educational Background: 

B.Sc.

University of Western Ontario

1978

 

S.T.L.

Pontifical Gregorian University

1987

 

Ph.D.

University of Ottawa / St. Paul University

1995

 

Research Interests: 

John of the Cross; Psychology and Spirituality; Asceticism; Mysticism; Expressions of Popular Spirituality, Christian Ethics

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Awards:

Doctoral Scholarship

Saint Paul University

1990

Doctoral Scholarship

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (S.S.H.R.C.)

1991

Doctoral Scholarship Renewal

Saint Paul University

1991

Renewal of S.S.H.R.C. Scholarship

S.S.H.R.C.

1992

Renewal of S.S.H.R.C. Scholarship

S.S.H.R.C.

1993

Travel Grant to present at the American Academy of Religion - International Regional Meeting: Asceticism - The Enigma of Corporal Joy,” LeMoyne College, Syracuse, N.Y

Research Council of Saint Paul University

1995

Travel Grant to present at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion: AMasculinity: Personal and Communal Transformation via the Mytho-Poetic Text,” New Orleans, LA

Research Council of Saint Paul University

1996

Research Grant for book: The Symbol of Reconciliation: An Existential Approach.

Research Council of Saint Paul University

1996

Travel Grant to attend American Academy of Religion as Chair, Mysticism Group

Research Council of Saint Paul University

2002

Travel Grant to attend American Academy of Religion as Workshop Facilitator/Presenter

Research Council of Saint Paul University

2004

Travel Grant to attend American Academy of Religion as Workshop Facilitator/Presenter

Research Council of Saint Paul University

2005

Research Grant for book: Studying Christian Spirituality, Routledge, London, UK, 2007.

Research Council of Saint Paul University

2005

Bio:

David Perrin is an academic speaker as well as a popular workshop and retreat director. He grew up in a family of seven children on a small farm in Petawawa, not far from Ottawa, Canada. He first obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario in 1978 before deciding to accept a two-year high-school teaching position in Haiti.

Upon his return he began philosophy studies at the University of Ottawa. His career path then led him to Rome for three years to do graduate studies at the Gregorian University and was ordained a priest with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1987. He obtained his doctorate from Saint Paul University/University of Ottawa in 1995. His doctoral thesis was on John of the Cross.

He is former Dean of the Faculty of Theology at Saint Paul University, is a past-President of the international Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, and former President and Vice-Chancellor of St. Jerome’s University. He has published several books as well as popular and scholarly articles on mysticism, asceticism, spiritual direction, Christian spirituality, and related topics. His latest book is Studying Christian Spirituality (Routledge, 2007).

Dr. Perrin’s research interests focus on the application of philosophical hermeneutical theory to classic Christian texts in order to surface new meanings for today's world. His popular interests focus on the lived experience of spirituality in today’s world and how people can deepen their relationship with God. This latter interest has led him to conduct conferences, popular workshops and retreats on a range of topics in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Research Activity: 

Currently working on a book of Christian Meditations