Trinity College

Faculty

Faculty Directors

Dean Christopher Brittain

Dean of Divinity, Trinity College
BA (University of New Brunswick), MDiv (Trinity College), PhD (St Michael's College)

Christopher Brittain was appointed Dean of Divinity on 1 July 2017, replacing Dean David Neelands who had served in that post since 2002.

Dean Brittain is an Anglican priest and alumnus of Trinity College. After completing his PhD from the University of St. Michael’s College, he served as Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Nova Scotia. From 2007 to 2017, he was Professor of Social and Political Theology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and served as Academic Dean of three disciplines – Divinity, Religious Studies and Philosophy – overseeing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in each discipline.

Along with serving in a prominent leadership role in Trinity College as a whole, Dean Brittain is responsible for the formation of individuals for Christian ministry and supervision of doctoral students.

Very Rev Dr Geoffrey Ready

Director, Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College
BSocSci and BA (University of Ottawa), BEd (University of Western Ontario), BTh (Saint Paul University), ThM Studies (Holy Cross Orthodox School of Theology), DMin (University of Toronto)

The Very Reverend Archpriest Geoffrey Ready was born in Canada and grew up in the greater Toronto area. After theological studies in Ottawa and at Holy Cross Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, he served overseas for 12 years, first in Northern Ireland and then in France.

In addition to directing the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College, serving as Vice Chair of Trinity College Divinity Council, directing the Orthodox Christian Fellowship and serving as Orthodox campus chaplain at the University of Toronto, Fr Geoffrey is also priest-in-charge of Holy Myrrhbearers Orthodox Mission, an English language mission serving in the chapel of Trinity College. He represents the Archdiocese of Canada of the Orthodox Church in America on the Canadian Council of Churches' Commission on Faith and Witness as well as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity committee.

Fr Geoffrey is married and has three boys.

Very Rev Dr Geoffrey Ready

Prof Richard Schneider

Founder, Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College
BA (Dartmouth College 1959), MFA (Princeton University 1961), MPhil (Columbia University 1963)

Prof Richard Schneider's chief teaching areas include church history in all periods and especially the Iconology — i.e., the liturgical theology — of the visual, including art and architecture, in Orthodoxy (and in the medieval West).

Prof Schneider is the Emeritus President of the Canadian Council of Churches and he continues to be deeply concerned with ecumenism and Eastern-Western Christian relations and pan-Orthodox relations. He is keenly interested in the critical-thinking hermeneutic issues which challenge History-as-Theology.

Prof Richard Schneider

Dr Paul Ladouceur

BA (Université de Montréal), MA (Carleton University), DPhil (University of Sussex), Diplôme en théologie orthodoxe (Université de Sherbrooke)

Dr Paul Ladouceur is an Orthodox theologian and writer living in Québec. He teaches theology and spirituality in the Orthodox theology programmes at Trinity College, University of Toronto, and Université Laval (in Montreal).

He has written or edited several books on Orthodoxy, including a general introduction to Orthodoxy under the title Living Orthodoxy (also in French, Rencontre avec l’Orthodoxie), and a book on Saint Maria of Paris (Mother Maria Skobtsova) (Sainte Marie de Paris, Une sainte des temps modernes). He has edited a book of writings of Father Lev Gillet (A Monk of the Eastern Church), published in France (2008), and a book of translations of writings of Saint Maria of Paris (Mother Maria Skobtsova), published in France (2011), and has published articles on Orthodox spirituality and theology in France, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

He is responsible for the French-language web site Pages Orthodoxes La Transfiguration and an electronic bulletin, Lumière du Thabor. He is a member of the Faith and Witness Commission of the Canadian Council of Churches.

Dr Ladouceur’s teaching interests include Christian spirituality, especially spirituality of the Eastern Church; Orthodox spirituality in the twentieth century; modern Orthodox theology; Orthodox dogmatic theology; Christianity in Russia; and the theology and history of ecumenism. His principal specialized research interests are Saint Maria of Paris and modern Orthodox spirituality and theology.

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Prof Paul Ladouceur

Dr Daniel G. Opperwall

BA (Hope College), MA (Wayne State University), PhD (McMaster University)

Dr Daniel G. Opperwall is an Orthodox scholar and writer. At the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College, he teaches courses in Theology, Patristics and History.

A student of classics and patristics by training, his wide-ranging interests tend to centre on how ancient theological, philosophical and spiritual insights should best inform life in the modern church. His first book, titled A Layman in the Desert: Monastic Wisdom for a Life in the World, is now available from St Vladimir's Seminary Press.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Dr Opperwall now lives in Hamilton, Ontario with his wife and two young children. They attend Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church in Waterloo.

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Rev Fr Theodore Paraskevopoulos

BTh (Toronto Orthodox Theological Academy, under University of Sherbrooke), MA Theology (St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary), DMin - ABD (St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary)

Fr Theodore was born in Toronto and grew up in Ajax, and after high school attended the Toronto Orthodox Theological Academy (Under University of Sherbrooke) where he received his Bachelor degree in Theology. He then continued his education at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, in Crestwood, New York, where he received his Masters of Arts in Theology with a specialization in Liturgical Theology. His SVS thesis was, “Cabasilas and Communion: The Effect of Nicholas Cabasilas’ Liturgical Commentary On the Decline of Frequent Communion."

Fr Theodore is currently working on his Doctorate of Ministry at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary focusing on Adult Religious Education and Liturgy. He is priest-in-charge of Sts Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Toronto, and currently serves in the following capacities:

  • Professor of Pastoral Theology - Toronto Orthodox Theological Academy
  • Lecturer - Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College 
  • Doctoral Student - Doctorate of Ministry Program, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary
  • Orthodox Representative - Commission on Faith and Witness, Canadian Council of Churches
  • Co-Founder and Assistant Spiritual Director - Camp Metamorphosis Orthodox Summer Camps (19 years experience)
  • Founder of the “Re-Catechism” Adult Religious Education Movement 
  • Host of “iSermon” Podcast on Ancient Faith Radio
  • Host of “Fr.TEDTalks” Video Podcast on Ancient Faith Radio 
Fr Theodore has been married to his loving wife Joanna since 2006 and has three beautiful children George, Katherine and Angelo.

Andrew Youssef, PhD Candidate

MTS with Concentration in Orthodox and Eastern Christian Studies, PhD Candidate (University of Toronto)

Andrew N. A. Youssef is a PhD Candidate at Trinity College where he is writing his dissertation on comparative Christology between Severus of Antioch and Maximus the Confessor. Andrew finished his Masters in the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College where he finished his thesis titled, “Humanity of Christ in Oriental Orthodox Christology.” Andrew is the author of Oriental Orthodoxy Unveiled. Currently, Andrew teaches in Trinity College and Patriarchal Toronto Orthodox Theological Academy. As a member of the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care, Andrew also serves as a Spiritual Care practitioner in Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. 

Katherine Karam McCray, PhD Candidate

BA (Baylor), MDiv (Princeton), ThM (St Vladimir's Theological Seminary), PhD Candidate (University of Toronto)

Katherine (Kate) Karam McCray, who is a PhD candidate in theological studies and Christian ethics at St Michael's College, was awarded the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College's inaugural Orthodox Graduate Teaching Fellowship last May, an appointment which enabled her to teach and supervise a major component of our summer 2021 course, The Human Person in Orthodox Tradition (TRP2172). Students really appreciated and benefited from her wisdom and experience especially in bringing an Orthodox theological perspective to crucial areas like disability studies and trauma theory. This summer, with a renewal of that Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Kate is co-teaching the summer course, The Church of the Margins (TRP2661).

Kate's groundbreaking theological work has also recently been supported by the Fordham National Endowment for the Humanities dissertation completion award for 2022-23. In addition to her busy academic work, Kate also serves as a member of the Task Force for Mental Health commissioned by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the US.