2022-2023 Teaching Faculty, From Left to Right: 

Joseph Khoury
Joseph Khoury Martin Sastri Barry MacKenzie


Current Teaching Faculty

Dr. Joseph Khoury (English) - Coordinator of Catholic Studies (On Sabbatical), is Full Professor.  He received his BA in Political Science, with a concentration in Political Philosophy, and his PhD in Comparative Literary Studies. He has varied literary and philosophical interests, and specializes in Machiavelli, Marlowe, Shakespeare, English Prose Fiction, and the contemporary Arabic novel. Professor Khoury continues his interests in political philosophy, is working on several articles with a focus on Shakespeare, and writing a book on Machiavelli and his influence on Marlowe and Shakespeare. He is the Series Editor of the Tudor and Stuart Texts Series at the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies (crrs.ca). He regularly teaches English 100, varied courses on Shakespeare, and English 240 (Literature of the Middle East). He is actively involved in the Humanities Colloquium Program. Professor Khoury also has interest in Shakespeare and the Bible.

Email:  jkhoury@stfx.ca


Prof. Martin Sastri is a doctoral candidate in Medieval Studies at the University of Notre Dame. While his current project concentrates on twelfth-century Platonism, he is -more broadly- interested in all manifestations of Platonism from antiquity to the present. His published work has focused on Plotinus, St. Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, and John Scottus Eriugena. He has presented papers at Brown University, the University of Virginia, the University of British Columbia, as well as at the International Congress for Medieval Studies. Having previously taught at Notre Dame and King's College, Prof. Sastri came to St. FX in 2014, and has taught courses in Catholic mysticism, eschatology and Christology. His hobbies include translating Latin poetry and Muay Thai. For more information on Professor Sastri, click here: https://people.stfx.ca/sbaldner/Baldner/SASTRI/WelcomeMS.html

Email: msastri@stfx.ca


Prof. Barry MacKenzie (History), received his PhD at the University of New Brunswick and is a part-time instructor in the Department of History. His doctoral project focused on identity and commemoration as they relate to royal tours to New Brunswick in the 20th century, but his research interests are broad, and include the history of immigration and the history of the Maritime Provinces. He is currently working on a book manuscript for the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society. Professor MacKenzie came to St FX in 2016, and his 2018-2019 offering in Catholic Studies was Souls, Sins, and Sorrows: Catholicism in Canada, a history of the Catholic Church in Canada. For more information on Professor MacKenzie, click here: https://www.mystfx.ca/history/barry-mackenzie

Email: bmackenz@stfx.ca


Members of the Advisory Committee 

Dr. Steven Baldner (Philosophy), was educated at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto where he specialized in mediaeval philosophy. His main academic interest is the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, especially Aquinas’ natural philosophy and the problem of creation. Dr. Baldner likes to publish articles on various saints: Thomas Aquinas, Albert the Great (Thomas’ teacher), Bonaventure, and Anselm. In 1996, he designed and proposed the Program in Catholic Studies; he currently coordinates the Humanities Colloquium, which he helped to inaugurate in 2008, and, as a temporal punishment for his sins, served as Dean of Arts, 2006-10. He has taught at StFX since 1992, having taught previously at St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon. He is personally shifting his interest from middle ages to old ages. 

Dr. James Cormier, Associate Professor.  He received his B.Sc. from St. FX University and his Ph.D. from McGill University.  His research interests include: Oligonucleotide analogue synthesis, organic synthesis.

Dr. Sharon Gregory (Fine Arts) obtained her PhD in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England, and holds the Erasmus Canada Research Chair in Renaissance Humanism. She teaches courses in the Department of Art on Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art History. Her primary research interest is Italian Renaissance Art. In the past year, she has presented conference papers and guest lectures at the University Art Association of Canada annual conference (Halifax), the University of Guelph, and the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Her recent research deals with the theme of imitation in Giorgio Vasari’s biography of Jacopo Pontormo, and on Caravaggio’s interest in Vasari’s Lives. 

Dr. Louis Groarke (Philosophy) has a BA (in art history) from Colorado State University and a MA and PhD (in philosophy) from the University of Waterloo.  He has published on ethics, politics, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, argumentation theory, and philosophy of science. He has a particular interest in Aristotle and the ancient Greeks. Books include: The Good Rebel (2001), An Aristotelian Account of Induction (2010), and Moral Reasoning (2011) and Living Wisely (forthcoming).  Professor Groarke sees Catholic Studies as an integral component of a broader approach to liberal arts education. The Judeo-Christian tradition formulates answers to philosophical, theological, moral, political and even artistic questions in a unique way that deserves close scrutiny. Focusing on Catholicism and on challenges to Catholicism provides for a useful and challenging course of study. 

Dr. Guy Lalande (History), received his Master of Arts from Université Laval and his PhD from McGill University. His main areas of scholarly interest are Eastern European and Russian History, as well as the History of the First World War. He has a particular interest in the modern history of the papacy.  He also teaches in the Humanities Colloquium.  

Dr. Ken MacAulay (Business), is a Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance. He received his BBA from St. Francis Xavier University.  He also holds a PhD from Queen’s University and a professional designation in accounting (CPA CA). Dr. MacAulay’s research, in the areas of corporate governance and financial literacy, has been published in a number of academic journals. Dr. MacAulay is also the co-author of three textbooks in the areas of accounting and financial planning and is the recipient of two SSHRC grants. Professionally, Dr. MacAulay has served on the board of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission, taught in the Atlantic School of Chartered Accountancy, and served as a consultant. In addition, Dr. MacAulay has worked on numerous committees for the University and the STFX Association of University Teachers (StFXAUT). In the community, Dr. MacAulay has served on the board of a number of non-profit organizations. In his spare time, he is an avid fly fisherman.

Laurel (Muffy) McIntyre, is the University Chaplain. StFX Chaplaincy is an active element of the personal and spiritual dimension of St. Francis Xavier University.

Dr. William Sweet (Philosophy), Interim Coordinator of Catholic Studies, holds graduate degrees in systematic theology (DTh), philosophy (PhD), political science (DEA), and philosophical theology (DPhil). He has studied (among other places) at the Universities of Ottawa, Saint Paul, Manitoba, Carleton, Paris, Vienna, South Africa, and Berlin. He has been a visiting professor in Poland, China, India, Australia, and Belgium, has lectured in over 50 countries. His principal areas of scholarly and teaching interest include the character of religious faith (e.g., the influence of science and technology on religion) and the philosophy of Jacques Maritain. He is a President of the World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies and Editor of the journal Philosophy, Culture and Traditions. Among his recent books are: Migrating Texts and Traditions (2012), Responses to the Enlightenment (2012; with Hendrik Hart), Intercultural Dialogue and Human Rights (2011; ed. with Luigi Bonanate and Roberto Papini), Freedom of Religion (2010), and Religion and the Challenges of Science (2007). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada