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Interfaith Dialogue

The great faiths of the world are now talking to one another in a fashion that is new, challenging and exciting. Learn more about interfaith dialogue at Regis College's Msgr. John Mary Fraser Centre for Practical Theology.

About us

The Msgr. John Mary Fraser Centre for Practical Theology is an effort to strengthen Regis College’s ongoing reflection on the practical relevance of the academic study of theology. Through our activities, faculty, students, academic and community partners, and the wider public will have opportunities to enter into deep dialogue about the impact of faith in society today.
WHAT WE DO

Associate Director



Sr. Patricia Lourdes "Petite" Lao, RNDM


Petite is a religious missionary of the Congregation de Notre Dame des Missions (RNDM) who is currently in the Doctor of Ministry Program at Regis College, Toronto School of Theology. Her missionary interests are indigenous advocacy and inter-religious dialogue. She served in Delesan Kailawan Indigenous Heritage Center, Kulaman, Philippines for 8 years. Currently she is involved at the Native Peoples’ Mission in Toronto as a coordinator, working closely with the pastoral indigenous elder, and she is appointed board representative of the Archdiocese of Toronto in the Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Toronto (CJDT). In collaboration with the director of the Bat Kol International Leadership Team based in Jerusalem, she has assisted in organizing grassroots work of Bat Kol International, to encourage Christians to engage in Jewish/Torah studies and dialogue.
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Director



John Dadosky, Ph.D., S.T.D.


John Dadosky is professor of theology and philosophy at Regis College/University of Toronto since July 2001. He is author of The Structure of Religious Knowing (SUNY Press, 2004), The Eclipse and Recovery of Beauty (University of Toronto Press, 2014), co-editor of four volumes of the Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan, including Method in Theology (2017) and the final archival volume (2019). In 2018, he published Image to Insight: The Art of William Hart McNichols, which won the 2019 Arizona-New Mexico Book Award in Art. He has published numerous articles on Lonergan, bringing his thought into engagement with ecclesiology, Vatican II, and dialogue with Buddhism. He is currently the treasurer on the board of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the American Theological Society. He is a Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve in Toronto where he serves as a lay Catholic chaplain.
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Scarboro Missions Chair

Dr. Michael Stoeber

Dr. Stoeber has contributed to interreligious dialogue especially through his lectures and publications in the areas of comparative spirituality, practical theology, and religious pluralism, as well as through inter-religious art exhibits he has co-organized and to which he has contributed.
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Golden Rule

The Golden Rule, known also as the Ethic of Reciprocity, is arguably the most consistent, most prevalent and most universal ethical principle in history. Many regard it as the most concise and general principle of ethics.
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Our Partners

Global:

United Religions
Initiative (URI)

Upcoming projects in partnership with URI
include shared webinars on the significance of youth engagement in inter-religious dialogue, as well as exchange opportunities for Regis College students.

National:

Canadian Interfaith Conversation (CIC)

This collaboration seeks to accurately identify, document and investigate the ways in which communities across Canada respond to challenges in inter-religious and cross-cultural dialogue. In April 2019, the Fraser Centre and CIRCLE will offer a capacity-building event for researchers.

Local:

Christian-Jewish Dialogue
of Toronto (CJDT)

Through this collaboration we are offering the “Abrahamic Lecture Series,” a program designed to explore the scriptural import of social justice mobilization within the Abrahamic faith traditions.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Educational Resources

Interfaith studies for schools, religious organizations, and personal growth.

Through its activities, the Fraser Centre aims to facilitate research projects, scholarly and popular publications, public lectures, and community-based workshops that enrich the public discourse on the impact of faith in society. In responding to this goal, we work in collaboration with the Canadian Interfaith Conversation in their "Canadian Interfaith Research Centre for Learning and Engagement" (CIRCLE), an organization geared to promote and lead research on interfaith initiatives across Canada.

Here you can access a comprehensive compilation of curriculum resources for inter-religious dialogue and cooperation from across the globe. These resources have been curated and categorized according to pedagogical objectives. learning outcomes, and age groups. In addition, each of the entries will give you access to organizations, projects, and initiatives interested in raising interfaith literacy, most of them pioneers in inter-religious dialogue in their contexts.

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This collection of resources chronicles the Catholic Church’s journey of dialogue with other religions, a journey that began with the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s. Featured here are interfaith stories, theological reflections, and official Vatican documents. Also included are photos and articles detailing the interfaith journey of Scarboro Missions.

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“Together—in respectful relationship with people of other religions
and those with no faith commitment—is the only way we will effectively tackle the
tremendous social problems we have in our world.”

- Dr. Michael Stoeber, Scarboro Missions Chair in Inter-religious Dialogue

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Msgr. John Mary Fraser Centre for Practical Theology
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