B.A.; M.Th.; S.T.L.; Ph.D.
Room 201; 416-925-2833
Teaching Level: Basic Degree, GCTS Full (Regular Faculty)
Specializations: Systematic Theology and Spirituality
Departments: Cross-listed to Theological and Pastoral Theology
Sister of the Congregatio Jesu an order founded in 1609 by the Venerable Mary Ward which has the same Constitutions as the Society of Jesus. There are approximately 3000 sisters worldwide. Sr. Gill’s doctoral studies were undertaken at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland where she was elected a Research Fellow on completion of her Ph.D. She lectured in Systematic Theology for the University of Edinburgh, the Roman Catholic National Seminary in Scotland and the Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church. In addition she was a regular contributor to BBC Scotland’s ‘Thought for the Day’ and an active member of ‘Church Action on Poverty’ an ecumenical organization working for the alleviation of poverty in the UK. Alongside her work as a theologian she undertakes a ministry of spiritual direction and retreat work. She came from Scotland to Canada in 2001. She was appointed by the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops to the Faith and Witness Commission (Theological Commission) of the Canadian Council of Churches and she also serves on the Theological Commission of the Conference of Religious in Canada. In 2012 she was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to be a theological expert at the Synod on the New Evangelization for the transmission of the Christian Faith.
Her interests include: swimming, choral singing, baroque music, ballet and hillwalking.
BA University of York – History and Politics
Postgraduate Certificate in Education University of Sussex
MTh University of London
STL Regis College
PhD University of Edinburgh
Research Fellowship University of Edinburgh
2016-17 Henry Luce III Fellowship
Project title: Configured to Christ: The Dynamic Impact of Mercy on the Mission of the Church.
Facing global problems of climate change, terror, unemployment, refugees, and dire poverty, Pope Francis has given shape to his compassion through endorsing a clear trajectory of mercy, love and forgiveness as pre-eminently the mission of the Church to contemporary cultures and communities of faith. The mercy of God has a concrete face in Jesus Christ. This project aims to re-appropriate the theological foundations of mercy, the Christological and Trinitarian roots and the ecclesiological ramifications of that call to exercise mercy both within and without the parameters of the Church. It will draw on three primary interlocutors to whom Pope Francis has owned his own indebtedness namely: Hans Urs von Balthasar, Henri de Lubac and Ignatius Loyola. The project will also examine how Pope Francis has elevated Christian discourse about mercy endeavoring to draw from the tradition and to bridge polarizations, such as those which mark church life in North America, to focus Christian energies on fecundity in the mission. The potential ramifications for ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue are very significant. At the most profound level, Pope Francis has issued a challenge to a re-appropriation of an understanding of the Church configured to Christ journeying with him towards Trinitarian life. From the heart of the Trinity and the depths of the mystery of God the tide of God’s mercy never ceases.
One of the goals of this project is to produce a monograph, which would contribute to theological scholarship by analyzing and assessing the impact of Pope Francis’ understanding of mercy on the contemporary church both in the specificity of the Roman Catholic tradition and in the wider Christian church. Secondly such an ecclesiological understanding of mercy will be shown to be decisively rooted in a robust Christology and the mystery of the Trinity. Thirdly the work will make some modest contribution to the area of inter-faith dialogue and inter-disciplinary work.
Another project in collaboration with Professor Jeremy Wilkins (Boston College) is a book focusing convergences in the work of Bernard Lonergan and Hans Urs von Balthasar under a provisional title ‘Convergences for the Enrichment of Theology’.