Sunday, Feburary 3, 2019 - With this WITNESS interview with Fr. Scott Lewis and Katharine Lochnan, we begin a series of conversations with professors and graduate theological students from Regis College, the Jesuit Faculty of Theology in the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto. Our theological pursuits raise serious questions about God, about the human condition, about suffering and hope, about life and death, about faith and culture. What can we say meaningfully about God, about Jesus, about eternal life? In our pluralistic culture and environment, we must ask to what extent are religions similar or different? What is the importance of scriptures in different religions and how are they best interpreted? How we do theology in the city? This interview with a professor of Scripture and a professor and expert in art history inaugurates a series of conversations in which we raise significant questions about the theological enterprise.
Fr. Scott Lewis, SJ Vice-President & Dean, Regis College
Fr. Scott Lewis is a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the Vice-President and Dean of Regis College Toronto, where he also serves as an associate professor of New Testament. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Fr. Lewis served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1973 and the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1974 to 1976. He entered the California Province of the Society of Jesus in 1979 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1987. Fr. Lewis holds a master’s degree in history from the Catholic University of America; a Master of Divinity degree from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts; a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Regis College; and a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He received his doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome.
While a member of the Regis faculty, Fr. Lewis also served as director of the Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. Fr. Lewis is a past president of the Canadian Catholic Biblical Association. He is a columnist at the Catholic Register, each week presenting new insights on the Sunday Gospel reading in his "God's Word on Sunday" column. Fr. Lewis has also published a number of books, including “The Beatitudes: Keys to God’s Kingdom”, and the “Getting to Know” series exploring Scripture.
Dr. Katharine Lochnan Adjunct Professor, Regis College
Art historian Dr. Katharine Lochnan is senior curator emeritus at the Art Gallery of Ontario and an adjunct professor at Regis College, Toronto. She is also project consultant to the Toronto School of Theology for the development of a new stream in Theology, Spirituality and Art. As a curator, she has produced major international exhibitions with publications focused on artistic visionaries including “The Earthly Paradise: The Arts and Crafts of William Morris in Canadian Collections”, “Holman Hunt: The Visionary Pre-Raphaelite”, “Turner, Whistler, Monet: Impressionist Visions” and “Mystical Landscapes from Vincent van Gogh to Emily Carr.” Katharine’s contributions to the Gallery have shaped the AGO immeasurably. She led the development of the foremost collection of European Prints and Drawings in Canada, curated countless exhibitions and her reputation and expertise have led to significant international partnerships with museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, Tate Britain, the Musée d’Orsay and the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Katharine is currently completing her Masters in Theological Studies and exploring ways of bringing theology, spirituality and art together. As a spiritual director, she is also interested in the potential of Visio Divina - the contemplation of works of art - as a spiritual practice.
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