Divinity Convocation 2017: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Posted Apr 20, 2017 4:00 pm

Philanthropist, Ecumenical Scholar and Revered Theologian to Receive Honorary Degrees from Trinity College

Trinity College is pleased to announce that Dr. Nona Macdonald Heaslip, The Venerable Allan Paul Feheley, and The Rev'd Canon Dr. John St. Helier Gibaut will receive honorary degrees from Trinity College at its Divinity Convocation on May 9, 2017. The Rev'd Canon Gibaut will address the Convocation.

“It's a great honour to be able to acknowledge these three outstanding individuals for their dedication to Trinity College and their years of service and life's work,” said The Rev. Canon W. David Neelands, Dean of Divinity and Margaret E. Fleck Chair in Anglican Studies at Trinity College.

This year, 19 Divinity students will be graduating, including those receiving Master's and Doctoral degrees (which are awarded conjointly with the University of Toronto) and diplomas and certificates.

“The graduating class are a remarkable group and a credit to Trinity, especially those receiving the earned Doctor of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees, a mark over many generations of the highest research scholarship Trinity and the Toronto School of Theology can offer,” said the Rev. Canon Neelands, noting that the Faculty of Divinity is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year

The Trinity College Divinity Convocation 2017 will be held on Tuesday, May 9 at 7:30 pm in Strachan Hall (Trinity College at 6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto). A reception in the Buttery will follow. This is a non-ticketed event. If you have any questions: members of the Trinity community can contact cera@trinity.utoronto.ca; members of the public can contact divinity@trinity.utoronto.ca.

The following honorary degrees will be conferred:

Dr. Nona Macdonald Heaslip

Philanthropist, passionate supporter of the arts and tireless volunteer, Dr. Nona Macdonald Heaslip graduated from St. Michael’s College (University of Toronto) and began her career in media and broadcasting at CBC Radio-TV and later with Time Inc. in New York City. She returned to Toronto to become the first Manager of Public Relations at the University of Toronto, transforming the campus experience for visitors. Dr. Heaslip has provided leadership and philanthropic support to numerous Canadian arts and culture institutions including the Shaw and Stratford Festivals and Theatre Museum Canada.

In 2005, along with her late husband William, Dr. Heaslip established The William and Nona Heaslip Scholarship with a generous contribution to the College. These renewable scholarships provide funding for Trinity students who actively participate in the community, have financial need, and strong academic records. After establishing the Scholarship at Trinity College, the Heaslips went on to replicate the model at nine other universities across Canada. In 2007, she established The William and Nona Heaslip Trinity-St. Antony’s Scholarship for Trinity students to study International Relations at Oxford University. Dr. Heaslip has received honorary degrees from the University of PEI (2008) and the University of Toronto (2009).

Dr. Heaslip will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters (honoris causa), and will be presented by Mr. William C. Corcoran, and hooded by Ms. Sadia Rafiquddin.


The Venerable Allan Paul Feheley

Archdeacon Feheley graduated from St. Michael’s Choir School in 1971. His studies continued at the University of Toronto where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 1975. In 1978 he graduated from Trinity College with a Master of Divinity (Honours) degree. His thesis was in communications. Paul was ordained a deacon in 1978 and as a priest in 1979.

In 2004 he became the Principal Secretary to the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. Alongside his national work, Paul is the priest in charge and musician of St Chad’s, Toronto, and the National Director of The Anglican Fellowship of Prayer. He is happily married to Jenni and has two younger children, Adrian and Sophie, two older sons, Kevin and Bryan, two wonderful daughter-in laws Charlotte and Courtney, and one grandson Rhys.

Archdeacon Feheley will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa), and will be presented by The Rt. Rev. Philip Poole, and hooded by the Rev'd Canon Dr. Alyson Barnett-Cowan.


Photo The Rev'd Canon Dr. John St. Helier Gibaut

The Rev'd Canon Dr. John St. Helier Gibaut

The Rev'd Canon Dr. Gibaut received his MDiv from Trinity College in 1984. He then served in the Diocese of Quebec before returning to the College to enter the ThD programme in 1987. After graduation in 1994, John was a professor in the Faculty of Theology at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, until 2008. While at Saint Paul University, John taught in the areas of liturgy, church history, Anglican studies, and ecumenism. During that time he was a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada, the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue, the Faith and Order Commission of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Inter-Anglican Liturgical Consultation, and the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations.

Upon his appointment in 2008 as Director of the Commission on Faith and Order, John worked for the World Council of Churches at Geneva, Switzerland. In 2015 he moved to London, England, to take up his present position as Director for Unity, Faith and Order in the Anglican Communion.

Canon Gibaut will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa), and will be presented by The Most Rev'd Colin Johnson, and hooded by the The Most Rev'd Michael Peers.