About Us

About the Institute

Situated in the heart of one of the world’s most diverse cities, we are a Roman Catholic organization rooted in the Dominican tradition and the spirit of Vatican II. We are a collaborative community committed to the exploration and proclamation of the mystery of God’s Word in history in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious context. In keeping with the vision of St. Dominic we engage the Other in constructive and critical dialogue for the benefit of the church and society.

We accomplish our work through seminars, workshops, conferences, and the Vatican II Research Institute.

Our Identity

Situated in the heart of one of the world’s most diverse cities, we are a Roman Catholic organization rooted in the Dominican tradition and the spirit of Vatican II. We are a collaborative community committed to the exploration and proclamation of the mystery of God’s Word in history in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious context. In keeping with the vision of St. Dominic we engage the Other in constructive and critical dialogue for the benefit of the church and society.

Our Mission

Our mission is one of conformity to and reflection on the Word of God expressed through three commitments. First, we are committed to promoting quality liturgical preaching and literacy within the Roman Catholic ecclesial context and in the wider ecumenical community. Second, we are committed to fostering spaces for encountering the Word through dialogue with the academy, other religions and those who seek meaning in contemporary culture. Third, we are committed to sharing with others the fruits of the Dominican Order’s eight-hundred year old tradition of engagement with the Word.

Our Values

 We highly value and appreciate collaborative ministry in the church today. Our theological analysis of contemporary culture includes the integration of liberation, feminist, and ecological perspectives and the insights of postcolonial and diversity studies. We value the diversity reflected in the constitution of our Institute, in terms of language, culture, and gender as well as in our programs. In our theological analysis of culture we endeavour to read the ‘signs of the times’ for the benefit of the mission of the Church.

Discerning Our Identity

Our identity is focused on bringing about the multiplicities of life: multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious. We embrace the Liturgy of the Church as the Source-and-Summit of the Christian life. Through a greater sense of Dialogue, we embrace the diversity of the Church and the Kingdom of God.

Defining our Commission

Recognizing the charism of the Dominican order, we aim to promote quality Liturgical preaching and literacy within the Roman Catholic and wider ecclesial context. We foster spaces for encountering the Word through dialogue with academia, other denominations, and the wider community. We aim to share the wealth of the 800 year-old Dominican Tradition.

Guiding Principles

Above all, we desire to be collaborative, contemporary, and diverse. We value theological analysis dealing with contemporary issues: liberation and feminist theologies, eco-theology, post-colonial and diversity theologies. Revelation is inculturated through the experience of the Church, and we seek to develop and promote this truth.

The Team

Darren Dias, OP
Director

Darren teaches theology at the Faculty of Theology, University of St Michael’s College.  His areas of research include religious diversity, Trinitarian theology and the thought of Bernard Lonergan.  Darren is liaison between the Dominican Institute of Toronto and our sponsoring organization, the Dominican Friars of Toronto.  He is involved in all areas of the DIT, especially finances and preaching programs.

Michael Pirri
Program Coordinator

Michael Pirri joined the Dominican Institute of Toronto in 2018 as a Program Coordinator. Michael helps facilitate conferences and manages communications and marketing at the Dominican Institute. He is currently the Director of Community Engagement at St. Basil’s Catholic Parish in Toronto. Additionally, he serves as the Chair of the Toronto Chapter of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Canada, and has served on the National Executive Board of the same institution since 2012.

Jessica De Luca
Program Coordinator

Jessica graduated from the University of St. Michael’s College Faculty of Theology, where she earned a Master of Theological Studies in 2016. Jessica is a teacher with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Prior to this, she served as Director of Pastoral Ministries at St Basil’s Catholic Parish, as well as Parish Catechist and RCIA Director at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Toronto. Jessica has been working for the Dominican Institute of Toronto since 2015.