Dr. Jean-Pierre Fortin

Dr. Jean-Pierre Fortin

Associate Professor of Practical Theology

  • PhD, Theology (University of St. Michael's College)
  • PhD, Philosophy (Université Laval/Namur University)
  • Licentiate in Sacred Theology (Regis College)

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Practical Theology
  • Spirituality
  • Systematic Theology
  • Ecumenism
  • Philosophical Theology

Holding a Ph.D. in theology (University of St. Michael’s College), a Ph.D. in philosophy (Université Laval/Namur University) and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (Regis College), I am a scholar proficient in Christian spirituality and systematic theology, aesthetics, ancient philosophy, and philosophy of science actively involved in ecumenical dialogue. My research addresses the question of the human condition in the context of an evolving world where radical evil and suffering are found abiding, with a view to finding ways of addressing the religious concerns of twenty-first century citizens. Interpreting the Christian tradition using categories and methods drawn from practical theology and integrating the inputs of philosophy and experimental science, I attempt to provide a more comprehensive account of human existence. I see theologians as entrusted with a most demanding mission: to help their contemporaries decipher the presence and work of God in the complex, fast-paced and ever-changing context of their daily lives and actions. Listening to the challenging voices of Indigenous peoples, racialized communities and trauma survivors, engaging 19th century masterpieces of French literature and contemporary works of science fiction, I strive to articulate and live out inclusive and transformative Roman Catholic faith and theology.