The Lonergan Research Institute at Regis College, Toronto, seeks to establish several Research Assistantships to promote the future well being of Lonergan-related research and scholarship. The Assistantships will apprentice promising students, support them in their studies, consolidate their appropriation of Lonergan’s work and of the best traditions in Catholic theology and philosophy, foster friendship and intellectual collaboration among like-minded scholars, and advance the scholarly purposes of the LRI.

The Assistantships, in the amount of $6,000, renewable for each of up to four years, will be awarded to outstanding doctoral students at Regis College or in allied programs at the Toronto School of Theology and the University of Toronto.

Recipients will be selected on the basis of their academic promise, the relevance of their work to the purposes of the LRI, their commitment to the intellectual apostolate, and the importance of their work for the Church and the world. Recipients are expected to help advance scholarly activities and programs of the LRI.

Father Bernard Lonergan, SJ (1904-1984) is regarded by many as the most profound Catholic thinker of the modern era. Lonergan’s aim was to bring Christian thought into constructive relationship with modern science and historical scholarship, to which end he wrote his major works Insight: A Study of Human Understanding and Method in Theology. In this project his model was St Thomas Aquinas, who had successfully shown the coherence of Christianity with the best science of his day. Lonergan also produced important works of dogmatic and systematic theology, and two major studies of Thomas Aquinas.

The mission of the Lonergan Research Institute is to preserve, promote, develop, and implement the achievement of Bernard Lonergan. The LRI is the repository of Lonergan’s archives and the center of an extended network of Toronto-based Lonergan scholars. It has also served as home base for the production of his Collected Works.

Regis College is the graduate theological faculty of the Society of Jesus at the University of Toronto. It is a member of the Toronto School of Theology, a consortium of seven graduate faculties—three of them Catholic—and four affiliate schools, in partnership with the University of Toronto. The Toronto School of Theology is one of the largest ecumenical centers for theological study in the English-speaking world. The University of Toronto, a leading public research institution with one of North America’s best academic libraries, is also home to the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, the Graduate Centre for the Study of Religion, the Graduate Department of Philosophy, and several other centers of specialized research pertinent to theology and philosophy. Readily accessible to students from the United States, Toronto is also among the world’s most international cities.