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Professor Gill Goulding CJ

Professor Gill Goulding , CJ

Senior Research Associate

Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of Advanced Ecclesiastical Degrees

Regis College, Toronto


Sr. Gill Goulding joined the VHI as a Senior Research Associate in 2018. She is currently Professor of Systematic Theology at Regis College, the Jesuit school of theology at the University of Toronto. Her 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. She has held Visiting Fellowships at the University of Cambridge, UK, the Western Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge MA, at Georgetown University, Washington DC, and at Boston College. In 2016 she was awarded the Henry Luce III Fellowship.

Alongside her work as a theologian she undertakes a ministry of spiritual direction and retreat work. 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.

Research Interests

Sr. Gill's recent research has been focused in the area of Twentieth century Trinitarian theology, Ecclesiology and Hermeneutics. Hans Urs von Balthasar is the primary theologian for her research both in terms of Trinity and Ecclesiology.

Key Publications


  • A Church of Passion and Hope: The Making of An Ecclesial Disposition (London: T&T Clark, Bloomsbury Press, 2015)
  • Creative Perseverance: Sustaining Life-Giving Ministry in Today's Church (Ottawa: Novalis, 2003)
  • On the Edge of Mystery: Towards A Spiritual Hermeneutic of the Urban Margins (Bern: Peter Lang, 2000)


  • ‘A Child my Choice’ The Inspirational Witness of Robert Southwell SJ for the formation of clergy’ in Saints as Role Models, ed. James Keating (Omaha: Institute of Priestly Formation Publications, 2018)
  • “Holiness of Mind and Heart: The Dynamic Imperative of Conversion and Contemplation for the Study of Theology” in Entering Into the Mind of Christ: The True Nature of Theology, ed. James Keating (Omaha: Institute of Priestly Formation Publications, 2014), 91-120
  • “Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Theology of Vocation” in Living in Christ: A Contemporary Theology of Vocation (London: Bloomsbury, T & T Clark, 2013) 115-138
  • “Balthasar and The Contemplation of Truth” in ed. Lambert Zuidervaart, Truth Matters (Montreal: McGill Queen’s University Press, 2013) 245- 262
  • “The Irreducible Particularity of Christ in the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar” in International Theological Symposium on The Eucharist as Communion, (Maynooth: National University of Ireland, 2013) 266-286
  • Love Alone is Credible" in Renewing Apostolic Religious Life, ed. R Gribble (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2011) 111-127


  • “Transcending Gender Polarities” article for Conference of Religious Spring 2017 (peer reviewed by Theological Commission of COR)
  • “Reformation and Recusants: Christian Unity and the Community of Saints, Pro Ecclesia Winter 2017
  • “Credible Communion – The Witness of Contemporary Religious Life” Pastoral and Homiletic Review, December 3 2012
  • “The Jesuit Imprint: Ignatian Themes in the Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar” Ultimate Reality and Meaning (University of Toronto Press)32 (2012), 75-89
  • “Mary Ward and the Ignatian Charism” The Way, 51/3, 2012, 43-58
  • Foreword to the 2007 edition of St. Ignatius Loyola:Letters to Women, ed. Hugo Rahner SJ, [New York: Crossroad,2007] xxv-xxvii
  • "Passion, Prophecy and Perseverance - The leitmotif of Carmel", Toronto Journal of Theology, 21/2, Spring 2005, 169-181

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