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Recalling our Roots and Charting the Future. Theology Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.

April 29-30, 2024

Amphitheatre | Saint Paul University | Ottawa

“The true people of progress are those who profess as their starting-point a profound respect for the past.” ~ Ernest Renan, Recollections of My Youth

2023 marks the 175th anniversary of the founding of Saint Paul University in Ottawa. Already in 1848, before Canada existed as a country, the city of Ottawa was home to a nascent college that, in a few years, would give birth to the second-oldest theological faculty in the country. To mark the occasion, the doctoral students of Saint Paul University’s Faculty of Theology wanted to bring together emerging scholars who, from near and far, are interested in the vast constellation that is the “theological universe.” This same “universe” is constantly expanding as unprecedented and, until recently, unsuspected questions are being posed to theologians. As well as looking at the present and future of theological research—which is increasingly marked by interdisciplinarity—this symposium also aims to fully honour the roots of this discipline. Theology was not born yesterday, far from it; on the contrary, it is part of a long tradition that still needs to be better understood and continually updated.


April 29th


7:00-9:30 PM
Opening Keynote and Reception 
All are invited to join in the opening keynote by Rev. Dr. Adam Hincks, SJ, assistant professor and Sutton Family Chair in Science, Christianity and Cultures at the University of Toronto, which will explore the big bang theory and creation. This will be followed by a reception, including light refreshments.

April 30th


7:30-9:00 AM
Breakfast and Morning Prayer
Breakfast will be available to conference registrants in Café Urban, followed by an ecumenical service of Morning Prayer in De Mazenod Chapel.
9:00–5:00 PM

Emerging Scholar Presentations

Presentations will be offered by selected emerging scholars on a variety of theological topics. Refreshments will be offered at breaks in the morning and afternoon. Lunch will also be available to conference registrants in Café Urban, beginning at 12:15 PM.
5:30–7:30 PM

Dinner with Dean’s Address

A closing dinner will be served to conference registrants in the Multipurpose Room. Dean Michel Andraos will offer concluding remarks on the colloquium and the state of theology today.

Registration includes refreshments on the April 29 reception, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and breaks on April 30. Please email [email protected] with any dietary restrictions. 

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