Curriculum Vitae  

The Revd Canon Joseph P. Cassidy

St Chad's College
18 N Bailey, Durham DH1 3RH

0191 334 3345

Personal Details

Full name: Joseph Patrick Michael Cassidy

Birth: 11 August 1954, Westmount, Quebec, Canada.

Schooling: Ecole secondaire St-Thomas High School, Pointe Claire, Quebec, 1967-71.

Citizenship: Canadian. Resident in UK since 1992; granted permanent leave to remain in 1995.

Higher Education

D.Th. Doctor of Theology, Christian Ethics, 1995. L'Université St-Paul University, Ottawa, Canada.

Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy, Social Ethics, 1995. University of Ottawa, Canada. Thesis awarded the University's Gold Medal for most outstanding doctoral thesis.

S.T.L. Licenciate in Sacred Theology, summa cum laude, 1989. L'Université St-Paul University, Ottawa, Canada.

M.Div. Master of Divinity, first class honours, 1986. Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto, Canada.

S.T.B. Bachelor of Sacred Theology, summa cum laude, 1986. Regis College, University of Toronto, Canada.

M.A. Master of Arts (Philosophy), 4.0 GPA, 1980. University of Detroit, USA.

Cert.Comm. Certificate in Communications Studies, Loyola University of the South, New Orleans, 1980.

B.A. (hon.) Bachelor of Arts (Theological Studies), first class honours, 1976. Loyola College, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Won Match of the Minds competition for full-tuition scholarship. Named ‘Loyola Scholar' at graduation.

Work Experience

Current/Recent Positions  

- Principal, St Chad's College; ex officio member of the Theology Department; ex officio Member of University Senate (since 1997).

- Current and recent trusteeships (in addition to College-related directorships):

- Member, Quality in Formation Committee, Ministry Division, C of E (responsible for setting-up quality audit procedures (according to QAA methodology) and responsible for the validation and inspection of all Anglican, Baptist, URC, and Methodist ministerial training courses and colleges in England, Scotland and Wales.

- Non-Residentiary Canon of Durham Cathedral (2001-present). Member of Cathedral Council.

Past Positions

Universities of Durham/Newcastle Proctor to the Church of England's General Synod (1999-2005).

Moderator of Readers, Durham Diocese (2000-2002).

External Examiner, Oxford University: responsible for examining the Oxford-validated courses of Westminster College, Oxford (1998-2000)

External Examiner, Oxford Brookes University: MA in Theology (2000-2).

Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Spirituality, University of Southampton School of Theology and Religion (1992-7); Acting Chaplain (1992); Course Director, University of Southampton joint honours BA (Philosophy and Theology); member of Pastoral Team, Academic Board, Academic Standards Committee, Joint Negotiating Committee.

Assistant Curate, St Martin's, Salisbury and St Andrew's, Laverstock (1996-7); Academic Board Member, Sarum College (1996-7). Council Member and tutor at the Institute of Spirituality, Sarum College (1995-7); Governor, St Andrew's Primary School (1996-7).

Director of Research and Publications (in charge also of fund-raising), Latin American Working Group/Jesuit Centre for Social Faith and Justice, Toronto (1982-6, p/t 1989-91).

Lecturer (ethics), Faculté de théologie, Université St-Paul, Ottawa (1988-92)

Retreat and Workshop Director with the Canadian Association of Ignatian Spiritual Directors (1988-92).

Bursar of the Ottawa Jesuit Community (1988-90); part-time spiritual director of seminarians at St Paul Seminary, Ottawa.

Co-Director and Spiritual Director, Ignatian Centre of Spirituality; Visiting Professor (Ethics and Spirituality), Department of Theological Studies, Concordia University, Montreal; member of the University Chaplaincy Team; Spiritual Director at le Grand Seminaire in Montreal (1987-8).

Ordained to the priesthood (May 1986); appointed staff-member and retreat director at Loyola House, Ignatius College, Guelph, Ontario; taught Liturgy, Spirituality and Social Justice at St Stanislaus Novitiate, Guelph (1986-7).

Associate of the Jesuit Centre for Social Faith and Justice, Toronto (1982-6).

Ordained to the diaconate (1985), Assistant Curate, St Philip the Apostle Parish, Oshawa, Ontario (1985-6).

Member of Economic Modelling Research Team and advisor to the Documentation Centre, Instituto Nicaragüense de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (INIES/CRIES), Universidad Centroamericana, Managua, Nicaragua (1984).

Pastoral Assistant, St Peter Claver Parish, West Kingston, Jamaica (1983).

Teacher and Guidance Counsellor, Gonzaga Regional High School, St. John's, Newfoundland (taught English, Physics, Computer Science, and Religion); Padre and Adventure Training Officer, Gonzaga Army Cadet Corps (1980-2); Curriculum Consultant (Computer Science) to the Newfoundland Department of Education (1980-2).

Entered the Jesuits in 1977, professed vows in 1979. Worked in Native American parishes on the St Regis Reserve, near Cornwall, Ontario, and in Mobert, Northern Ontario; was resident staff-member at Le Foyer du Charite, Montreal, a permanent residential home for French-speaking children and adults with the most severe physical and mental disabilities; completed clinical pastoral placements at maximum security Guelph Correctional Centre; 4 month supervised hospital chaplaincy at St Joseph's Hospital, Guelph (1977-9).

Full-time volunteer at the Good Shepherd Refuge, a hostel for street people in Toronto, 1976.

As part of a government scheme for college students (SSEP), completed 3 months of general military training with the Royal 22nd Regiment (the Vandoos) at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, 1972.

Fellowships, Awards and Grants:

1998  Founding Fellow, Institute of Continuing Professional Development

1997  Fellow, Royal Society of Art, Royal Anthropological Institute

1996  University of Ottawa Graduate School's Gold Medal for ‘most outstanding and original doctoral thesis' and best overall academic record in the University of Ottawa.

1976  Designated ‘Loyola Scholar' at graduation, Concordia University, Montreal.

1972  Won ‘Match of the Minds' prize and four-year full-tuition scholarship, Loyola College (now Concordia University), Montreal.


‘Radical Anglicanism.' Hope of Things to Come: Anglicanism and the Future. Mark D. Chapman, editor. London: Mobray/Continuum, 2010.

‘On Discernment.' The Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

‘Macroeconomic Dynamics: What to do when the economy slows down.' The Golden Lecture, The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, London, 2009.

‘Who's In and Who's Out.' Living the Magnificat, Mark D. Chapman, editor. London: Mobray/Continuum, 2008.

‘An Introduction to Bernard Lonergan.' Foundation (Vol. III, No.1, 2006), pp. 1-17.

‘Anglican Authority.' Foundation (Vol. II, No. 1, 2005), pp. 1-14.

‘Communal Discernment in a Christian College.' Borderlands (Summer 2004), pp. 13-16.

‘Substrate of a Nation's Psyche.' Times Higher Education Supplement (16 May 2003).

‘Cultural and Spiritual Aspects of Pastoral Care.' Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003 (with Douglas Davies).

‘The Post-Communion Prayer - Living Sacrifice.' Living the Eucharist, Stephen Conway, editor. London: DLT, 2001.

‘The Gift of Authority.' Affirming Catholic News, 2001.

‘Compassion with Jesus on Good Friday.' The Journal of the College of Preachers (January 1999).

‘Directing the Third Week.' Ignatian Exercises: Contemporary Annotations. The Best of the Review 4. Ed. David Fleming (St. Louis: Review for Religious, 1996).

‘The IS-OUGHT Problem and the Ground of Economic Ethics.' Ethics and Economics. Masudul Alam Choudhury, editor. Hull: Barmarick Publications, 1995, pp. 92-149.

Editor of Theology in Green (1993-94) (now Ecotheology).

‘Preaching and Teaching the Word.' Priests and People (June 1994)

‘Negative Dialectics, the IS-OUGHT and Green Theology.' Theology in Green (October 1993).

Editor, Central America Update. Author of vols XIII. No. 5 (May/Jun 1992); XIII. No. 4 (Mar/Apr 1992); XIII. No. 3 (Jan/Feb 1992).

‘Imagining Peace in Central America.'Peace Magazine (December 1991).

Editor, Central America Update. Author of Vols XIII. No. 2 (Sept/Nov 1991); XII. No. 6 (May/June 1991); XII. No. 5 (Mar/Apr 1991); XII. No. 4 (Jan/Feb 1991); XII. No. 3 (Nov/Dec 1990); XII. No. 2 (Sept/Oct 1990).

Confirming an Election Through the Experience of the Cross: Background on the Third Week of the Spiritual Exercises. Montreal: The Ignatian Centre, 1988.

Praying the Gospels: An Invitation to Discipleship. Montreal: The Ignatian Centre, 1988.

‘Social Sin.' Compass, May 1988.

Collaborative work

Open for Business: Canada, Mexico, U.S. Toronto: Latin America Working Group, 1991 (editor).

‘Microtechnology is the Future'. Getting Started on Social Analysis in Canada, Michael Czerny, Jamie Swift, eds. Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 1984.

Participatory Democracy. Managua: CIERA, 1984 (co-translator and editor).

Selected formal speaking engagements, lectures, papers

‘Macroeconomic Dynamics: What to do when the economy slows down.' The Golden Lecture, The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, London, 2009.

‘Lonergan's Macroeconomics.' Lonergan Summit 2009, Seton Hall University, 2009.

‘Radical Anglicanism.' Address at Affirming Catholicism, General Synod, July 2009.

Opening Address, Affirming Catholicism Biennial Conference, Durham, 2008.

‘Humility, Grace and Freedom.' Keynote Address to Inclusive Church Annual Conference, St Matthew's, London, 2007.

‘Reimagining the Diaconate.' Keynote Address at Annual Conference of Deacons, Portsmouth, February 2006.

‘Ignatian Discernment in Vocational Selection.' Day workshop given to the Diocese of Lincoln, January 2006.

‘Gifts to Offer or Mission to Fulfil?' Address to Diocesan Synod, Newcastle, September 2005.

‘Ethical Assessments of Therapeutic Cloning.' Paper presented at the Durham and Newcastle Three Faiths Forum, Durham, 2002.

‘Eternally-begotten: A Trinitarian View of Sacramental Ethics.' Address at the Society of Catholic Priests Annual Conference, Peterhouse, Cambridge, 2002.

‘Just-War Theory and the Powell Doctrine of the Use of Overwhelming Force'. Paper presented at the Institute of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Durham, 2002.

‘Ethics and the Imagination'. Address to the Annual Conference of the Churches Community Work Alliance, Derby, 2002.

‘Foot and Mouth, Interdependence and Globalisation.' Address to Alnmouth Deanery, Shilbottle, 2002

‘Narrative Christology and the Gospel of Luke', a series of six talks over two days, Manchester Clergy study days, 2001.

‘The Trinity and Globalisation'. Address at Traidcraft's 21st Anniversary Conference, 2001.

‘Priesthood: More Catholic than Rome, More Reformed than Geneva'. Paper given at the Priesthood Matters Conference, St John's College, Durham, 2001.

‘A Theological Response to BSE'. Christian Ecology Group, Durham, 2001.

‘The Gift of Authority'. Paper presented to Affirming Catholicism, Diocese of London, 2001.

‘Anglican and Roman Catholic Perspectives on Divorce and Remarriage.' Society of Catholic Priests, Durham, 2000.

‘Ambiguities Surrounding the Ethics of Abortion'. Annual Meeting of the British Association of Christian Gynecologists and Obstetricians, Durham, 2000.

‘The Body and Christology'. Keynote Address at Conference on the Body and the Spirit, Sarum College, Salisbury, 1999.

‘Re-examining the Act of Synod', Affirming Catholicism Newcastle, 1999.

‘Genetic Engineering'. Durham Diocesan Bd of Social Responsibility, Auckland Castle, 1999.

‘The Role of Feelings in Ethics,' Gateshead, Three Faiths Forum, 1999.

‘ARCIC: The Gift of Authority', Churches Together in Gainford, 1999.

‘Do Value Judgements Grasp Virtual Unconditionality?' Lonergan Conference, Santa Clara University, 1998.

‘Ministry and Social Justice,' Address to Lincoln Diocese Clergy Study day, 1997.

‘The Faith of Jesus: Lucan Spirituality,' ‘Ignatian Spirituality,' ‘Carmelite Spirituality' and

‘Contemporary Spiritualities.' Lecture Series, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, November 1996.

‘Putting the Glint back into Ethics.' Annual Address to Heads of C of E High Schools and Sixth Form Colleges, Salisbury Diocese, October, 1996.

‘The Interior Castle: Spiritual Freedom and Radical Discipleship', ‘The Healing of Memories.' Two guest lectures at S.T.S. Annual Summer School, Salisbury, August 1996.

‘Decision-making and Moral Consciousness.' Paper given at the 1996 Lonergan Conference, Boston College, USA, June 1996.

‘The Church as a Community of Communities.' Address to the Southern Methodist Region upon the visit of the President and Vice President of the Methodist Conference to Salisbury, 20 January 1996.

‘The World Bank and Structural Adjustment in Central America,' Canadian Council for International Cooperation, Ottawa, February, 1992.

‘Alternative Economic Strategies for Nicaragua and the Region,' Latin American Working Group, Toronto, May, 1992.

‘Canadian Foreign Policy Alternatives,' Canada-Central America-Caribbean Policy Alternatives, University of Toronto, December, 1992.

‘Kant Revisited: Universalization as the Principle?' Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies Annual Conference, Universite de Laval, November, 1991.

‘Structural Adjustment, Debt, and the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative.' Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies Annual Conference, Universite de Laval, November, 1991.

Respondent to French philosopher Jean Ladrierre, International Centennial Conference, Université St-Paul, August, 1989.

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis in Context.' Office for English-Language Affairs, Archdiocese of Montreal, Keynote Speaker at 1988 Annual General Meeting.

‘Economics, Social Policy, and Ethics.' Archdiocesan Christian Training Program, Montreal, April 1988.

‘Evaluating Trends in Central America,' Ten Days for World Development, Toronto, 1984.

‘Appropriate Technology in Nicaragua.' Universidad Centroamericana, Managua, July 1984.

‘Data Security and Transborder Information Flow.' CRIES Conference, The Hague, January 1984.

‘Issues in the New Technologies.' Canadian Human Rights Conference, Ottawa, December, 1983.

Radio and Television

In addition to doing regular ‘spots' on radio and television, I have given the following more lengthy interviews: BBC TV, ‘Heart of the Matter' April 1999; BBC Radio 4, Sunday programme on Kosovo, May 1999; BBC (Radio Solent, Southampton, February 1997), ‘Cloning'; BBC (Radio Solent, Southampton, January 1996), ‘Animal Rights in Christianity'; BBC (Radio Solent, Southampton, Jan 1994), ‘The use of ova from the dead'; CIUT (Toronto, Jun 1991), ‘Media Disinformation and Central America'; CJRT (Toronto, Dec 1990), ‘One Year Later: The Invasion of Panama'; CJOH (Ottawa, Oct 1988), ‘Religion and Politics in Latin America'; CBC (Montreal, Apr 1988), Cross-Country Checkup, ‘Conservatism and Neo-orthodoxy in the Church'; CJON (St. John's, Jun 1982), ‘Education and Public Values'.


I have conducted diocesan and/or ordination retreats for the Dioceses of Newcastle (2003), Salisbury (2002), Manchester (2001), and Lincoln (1997) and Salisbury (2002), clergy retreats for the Durham and Newcastle Dioceses and various deaneries, and given (often week-long) retreats/workshops/seminars with the following groups: Southern Training Scheme, Salisbury, UK; Diocese of Timmins, Ontario; Montreal Christian Training Program; White Fathers of Africa (Quebec City); Congregation of Notre Dame (Montreal); Grey Sisters of Pembroke; Faithful Companions of Jesus (Calgary); Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate (Toronto); Association of Montreal CEGEP and university students; Concordia University; Montreal Directed Retreats Association; Association of Ignatian Spiritual Directors; Montreal Catholic School Commission; Sisters of Mercy (Newfoundland); Jesuit Fathers of Upper Canada; Baldwin-Cartier School Commission; Faculty of Education, University of Toronto; Archdiocesan Educational Office of Montreal; Faculty of Education, McGill University, Montreal.

Past and current memberships

Member Society for the Study of Christian Ethics.

Member Association of Teachers of Moral Theology.

Member Lonergan Philosophical Society.

Convenor The British Lonergan Association.

Member Centre for Applied Ethics and Relational Studies Research Board.

Deputy Chair Durham University Ethics Advisory Committee, 1999-2002.

Member LSU College Pastoral Team, 1994-7.

Member LSU College Academic Board, College Academic Standards Committee, Joint Negotiating Committee, 1992-7.

Member Southampton Medical Group, University of Southampton Hospitals Medical Trust, 1995-7.

Member Executive Board of the Institute of Christian Spirituality, Sarum College, 1996-7.

Consultant Advisory Board to House of Bishops Committee on ministerial training in the South of England, 1995-6.

Member Canada-Caribbean-Central America Policy Alternatives working group, 1990-2.

Member Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS), 1990-2.

Member Inter-Agency Working Group on Latin America, Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC), Ottawa, 1990-92.

Member Central America Monitoring Group, Ottawa, 1990-2.

Member Canadian Academics for Central America (CAFCA), 1988-92.

Member Founding Board Member, Peace Institute, Concordia University, 1988-90. I wrote the original proposal and was in charge of the successful funding bid.

Executive Ottawa-El Salvador Emergency Action Coalition, 1989-90.

Member ISECP Group (Ignatian Spiritual Exercises for the Corporate Person), University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania, 1990.

Elected Delegate to the 1990 English-Speaking Canadian Jesuit Congregation.

Member Graduate Studies Committee, Université St-Paul, 1988-90.

Elected Delegate to the 1988 English-Speaking Canadian Jesuit Congregation.

Member Founding Board Member and Treasurer (in charge of fund-raising), Montreal Roman Catholic Diocesan Commission on Poverty, 1987-8.

Member Curriculum Committee, Dept of Education, Newfoundland, 1981-2.


I have been a keen mountain climber and skier since my teen years and have run and swum competitively. Although I do not have time to pursue it these days, I am also an amateur radio operator, previously licensed in Canada, Nicaragua and Jamaica. Before the advent of mass market software, I used to do a lot of computer programming, especially in the late 1970s and early 1980s. I play guitar and I enjoy cooking (especially curries), reading and all kinds of DIY.