The Ascension of Christ and the Future of Music

Christ AscensionPresented by

Dr. Michael O’Connor
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Christianity and Culture Program
Director, St. Michael’s Schola Cantorum
University of St Michael’s College in the University of Toronto

Resisting tendencies to disembody the ascended Christ and to disembody religious music—in order to see both as “heavenly,” “spiritual,” or “angelic”—this lecture will insist on the essentially embodied nature of Christian music, starting from the singing of the risen and ascended Jesus as the template and medium for liturgical music-making.

January 28, 2020
TST Boardroom 2
Toronto School of Theology
47. Queen’s Park Cres.

Omnia disce

On 25 October 2019 the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies will mark the twentieth anniversary of the death of Father Leonard E. Boyle with a special day in celebration of his career organized by M. Michèle Mulchahey, the inaugural holder of the Leonard E. Boyle Chair in Manuscript Studies at the Institute. A panel of speakers whose work represents Father Boyle’s wide range of interests will reflect upon Father Boyle’s legacy as a scholar, mentor, friar, and an incomparable friend.

Attached is a poster and a full programme for “Omnia disce. A Celebration of Father Leonard E. Boyle, OP, on the Twentieth Anniversary of His Death.”

Please save the date, and please join us on 25 October 2019, from 9:00am-5:30pm.  All are welcome!

All sessions will be held in Madden Hall (in Carr Hall, 100 St Joseph Street), St Michael’s College, with a closing Reception in the Institute Library. A buffet lunch will be served—please let us know if you plan to attend the lunch so we will know how many people to expect.

For further information (or to RSVP for lunch), please contact M. Michèle Mulchahey


Ecology Lecture: Can the Earth be Sacred Once Again?

Anthropogenic climate change challenges theology to inspire a reverence for the earth that is authentically Christian and resolutely modern, while at the same time recognizing that something has gone ecologically wrong in Christendom. Please join us for a lecture on this subject by Sean J. McGrath, Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Memorial University. Professor McGrath graduated from the University of St Michael’s College in 1999 with an MA in theology and finished his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Toronto (2002), serving as USMC Residence Don throughout that time. He is the author of several books in the philosophy of religion, most recently Thinking Nature: An Essay in Negative Ecology (Edinburgh University Press, 2019).


Welcoming the Pilgrim from the Global South


Please join us on Thursday, March 22, for our third annual African contextual theology roundtable with Dr. Joseph Alozie.

Respondents include: Khwaka Kukubo, Anthony Ezeonwueme, and Jean Bertin St Louis, SJ

This round-table discussion will take place from 2-4pm in the Jay Boardroom, Toronto School of Theology Building (corner of Queen’s Park and St. Joseph Street).

No registration required. All are welcome to attend and participate!

Co-sponsored by the Toronto School of Theology