Congratulations to the Faculty of Divinity Class of 2022

Posted: May 11, 2022

Members of the Divinity Graduating Class of 2022On May 10, 2022, Trinity College held the Faculty of Divinity Convocation 2022 for conferring of Degrees in Divinity and Honorary Degrees, and the presentation of Prizes to Divinity students. The ceremony was live streamed and a recording is available below.

Congratulations to Trinity College Faculty of Divinity Class of 2022, honorees and Prize winners!

View Divinity Convocation 2022 photos on Trinity’s Facebook Page.

Photo: Faculty of Divinity Graduating Class of 2022 at the reception in the Trinity Quad following Convocation. (Pictured here: 12 of the 20 graduates were able to join the ceremony.)

 

 

 


Faculty of Divinity Class of 2022

Master of Arts (MA) in Theological Studies:
Paul Guirgis

MTS, Trinity College

Paul Guirgis is a Coptic Orthodox Priest, ordained in Aug. 2007, serving the Church of the Virgin Mary and St. Athanasius, Mississauga ON. Paul completed the MTS in Orthodox Studies from the Orthodox School of Theology, Trinity College, in May 2020.

  • Master’s Research Paper: A Selection from the Experiences of Survivors of Nazi Concentration Camps and Soviet Work Camps

Alexander John Macdonald

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Honours, First Class), Concentrating in International Studies and Philosophy, St. Stephen’s University

Alexander Macdonald grew up in St. John’s Newfoundland. He moved to St. Stephen, New Brunswick in 2015 to study Philosophy and International Studies, and completed his Bachelor of Arts at St. Stephen’s University in May of 2019. Before beginning studies at Toronto School of Theology, Alex spent some time traveling in East and South Asia. During his time at TST he focused mainly on the relationship between theological aesthetics, Christology, and ethics. He is currently living in Vancouver and continuing graduate theological studies at Regent College.

 

Master of Divinity (MDiv):
Jessica Anne Dowling

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.Sc.N)-University of Ottawa; Master of Science in Nursing (M.Sc.N)-University of Ottawa

For the past year, Jessica (Jess) Dowling has been serving as an intern at St. George’s-on-the-Hill in Etobicoke, ON. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Ottawa. In addition to her work in ministry, Jess works as a mental health nurse at SickKids in Toronto and has spent that last year participating in the Companions program online through the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine (SSJD). She and her wife Michelle live in west Toronto and enjoy spending time outside. In May, God willing, Jess expects to be ordained a Deacon in the Diocese of Toronto and to serve as a curate in a downtown parish (announcement pending).

Yohan Dumpala

The Reverend Yohan Dumpala is the Assistant Curate at St. John the Baptist, Norway, in Toronto, and was ordained on May 1, 2022, to the transitional Diaconate, upon completion of the Master of Divinity at Trinity College. He was co-Head and Head of Divinity at Trinity College, respectively, for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years. As a facilitator for the Anglican Diocese of Toronto that addresses Anti-Bias and Anti-Racism (ABAR) and as a former Youth Minister, he hopes, as a BIPOC clergy, that the Church continues to become a place of inclusivity, respect, and safety, as it learns from the numerous mistakes of its past. God-willing, he is hoping to return to Trinity for further studies in the future, though for now, he will be focussing on urban ministry in putting theory into practice.

Jacob Friesen

Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Philosophy

Jacob Friesen was born in Victoria, B.C. and has since lived, learned, and worshipped in communities across Canada. He was baptized and confirmed at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, B.C. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Philosophy at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B. Later this year, Jacob expects to be ordained a transitional Deacon for the Diocese of Brandon and to serve as curate at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Brandon, MB. Following two years in the Diocese of Brandon, Jacob expects to begin serving as a military chaplain in the Canadian Armed Forces, following in the footsteps of his parents and fellow Trinity Divinity alumni Doug (8T3) and Jeannine (8T5). Indeed, Jacob is unable to attend his Convocation in person because he is currently on his military Basic Training course – rest assured that he would much rather be here (or just about anywhere else)!

Hannah Johnston

BSc (Hons) in Psychology with North American Studies, University of Sussex, UK
BA (Hons) in Theology, Ministry, and Mission, University of Durham, (St. Mellitus College), UK

Hannah Johnston is a Postulant for Ordination in the Diocese of Toronto. She holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Sussex, UK and a BA in Theology from the University of Durham, UK. She is committed to making church inclusive and fully affirming of LGBTQ+ people, empowering women, and working with people of other faiths. She is married to Johnny and they have two very important cats.

Bradley Dean Lindseth

BSc in Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta

Brad Lindseth is a parishioner of St. Stephen the Martyr Anglican Church in Edmonton Alberta. He has served for many years at the parish both as a member of the Servers’ Guild and on Vestry. Brad has two school-age children, Ian and Grace. Brad is continuing to discern his call to ordained ministry while working in the field of Information Security.

Alexandra Fischer McIntosh

Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto

Alexandra was born and raised in Toronto and has been blessed to worship and learn at many of the wonderful parishes in this diocese. Most recently she has been working at Christ Church, Deer Park and is thrilled to have been appointed to continue as their Assistant Curate after her ordination on May 1, 2022. Before studying at Trinity College, Alexandra completed a Bachelor of Arts at UofT double majoring in Diaspora Studies & English Literature. She and her husband live in the West End and are grateful for the wonderful community Trinity has provided over the past four years.

Nicole Louise McKay

B.A. (Hons) Psychology, York University

Nicole is a member of the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto and a candidate with the Unitarian Universalist Minister’s Association. She completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at York University. Nicole joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2005 and is preparing for a new role as a chaplain to military members and their families. As she continues on the path to fellowship and ordination within her tradition, she will be serving in a full-time internship placement at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre as part of the spiritual care team. It is with love that Nicole is supported by her partner Graeme and their three children: River, Siobhan, and Cayden.

Amy Pauley

PhD in Theology & Ethics, MA in Theology, BTh, St. Paul University; BA, Carleton University

Amy Pauley is currently a lay assistant serving at Saint Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church and at Trinity Church in Barrie. She has completed a doctorate in theological ethics at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, ON. After teaching courses in theological ethics, philosophy, and spirituality, she pursued a deeper call to serve Christ in the church. Amy hopes to continue to work for God in the world and to get a puppy as soon as possible.

Roberta Susan Smandych (Hons.)

Bachelor of Applied Science, Engineering Chemistry (First Class Honours), Queen’s University

R. Susan Smandych completed a Bachelor of Applied Science, Engineering Chemistry (First Class Honours), at Queen’s University, Kingston, and MSc Development Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. Prior to embarking on theological studies, Susan worked for a global consulting organization as a software engineer and program manager, and subsequently shifted to the charity sector where she worked for an international non- governmental organization. She was baptized and confirmed in the Church of England; served as a missionary in Indonesia; and supported the establishment of an ecumenical church Timor-Leste. Through extensive international travel (to 60+ countries) she gained substantive exposure to diverse Christian liturgical and theological perspectives, and other faith traditions. Within Anglican parishes in Canada, Susan has served as a Licensed Lay Anointer, Reader, Acolyte, Intercessor, Lay Synod Rep, and on Pastoral Care Committees. She is an Associate of The Sisters of St. John the Divine (SSJD) and served as Co-Head of the 2020-2021 Trinity Divinity Class. Susan is now a Postulant within the Diocese of Rupert’s Land, and is based in Winnipeg where she is currently serving at Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

  • Thesis: An Exploration of White Privilege in the Anglican Church of Canada
  • Supervisor: Prof. Christopher Brittain, Trinity College

Li Fen (Nicola) Zhang (Hons.)

BA, Hainan Teacher’s University, China; BA York University

Li Fen Zhang (Nicola) has been a member of Chinese Ministry in the Anglican Diocese of Niagara for several years, devoting herself to the parishes of St. Simon’s, St. Aidan’s, and St. Cuthbert’s in Oakville, ON. In China, she has completed a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a Post-Graduate certificate in Psychological Counseling. In Canada, she has completed another bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management at York University, ON. She and her husband Sheng have two teenage sons Goleo and Chris. Nicola expects to be ordained Deacon for the Diocese of Niagara and to serve the people of God after her graduation.

  • Thesis: Exploring the Spiritual and Physical Needs of Recent Chinese lmmigrants in the Hamilton Region
  • Supervisor: Dr. Walter Deller, Trinity College

 

Master of Theological Studies (MTS):
Lennox Brown

Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Lennox is an ordained Minister at Kingdom Life Ministries (Pentecostal Assemblies of the World). He has worked in several areas of ministry both in Jamaica and in Canada. He has a Diploma in Leadership & Ministry as well as a Diploma in Police Foundations and served the Jamaica Constabulary Force for eleven years. Lennox and his wife Sanishi are proud parents of two energetic children; Savaunnie and Lennox Brown III. In the future, it is his desire to continue to merge law enforcement with ministry through serving as a Chaplain within the Ontario Provincial Police.

  • Summative Paper: Congregational Worship and the Challenges of a Post-Christendom Society
  • Supervisor: Fr. Geoffrey Ready, Trinity College

Marina Fanous

B.A. (Hons), University of Toronto

Marina Fanous has been a member of St Maurice and St Verena Coptic Orthodox Church in Markham for five years, where she serves as part of the The Harvest Ministry, the mission of which is the fulfillment of the Great Commission by reaching out and evangelizing to all those who are in need, both materially and spiritually. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. Most recently, Marina was admitted to attend the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute in Karlsruhe, Germany, in August 2022.

  • Thesis: Orthodox Engagement with Ivan Illich
  • Supervisor: Fr. Geoffrey Ready, Trinity College

Wendy Hogarth

B.A. B.Ed. MBA

Wendy Hogarth is the Rector’s Warden at Trinity St. Albans Church in Bala, Ontario, part of the diocese of Algoma. In 1987, she had to leave M.Div studies at Trinity for family reasons and always hoped to return. The intervening years have included a B.Ed, from U of T and an MBA from University of Guelph. Wendy, and her husband Murray, have four grown boys and have developed the family farm into a successful farm, tourism and winery business. The journey back to Trinity does not have a destination, just gratitude to be back on this path. Wendy hopes to start MPS studies in September.

  • Independent Project: Prayer as a way of understanding the theology of God’s activity in the world
  • Supervisor: Rev’d David Neelands, Trinity College

Noah Jefferson

Bachelor of Theology, the South African Theological Seminary,

Noah Jefferson is 22 years old and a member in good standing of St Vladimir’s parish in Halifax under the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church of America (OCA). He completed a Bachelor of Theology degree from the South African Theological Seminary (SATS) in 2019. After graduating he transferred his studies to the Eastern Orthodox program at the University of Toronto, Trinity College, concentrating on Orthodox and Eastern Christian studies. Noah’s hopes for the future are to pursue a PhD in theology and be part of the flourishing of Orthodoxy in Western academia.

  • Thesis: Catholicity in Orthodox Theology
  • Supervisor: Dr. Paul Ladouceur, Trinity College

John Joseph Jefferson

B.A., the University of Liverpool; B.Th (Hons.), the South African Theological Seminary

John Joseph Jefferson is a former Protestant minister and convert to Orthodoxy. He earned A.A., B.A., B.Th (Hons), Th.M. and Th.D. degrees and was a licensed Protestant minister before converting to Orthodoxy, and enrolling in, and graduating with, his M.T.S. from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. He is now in the process of earning a Ph.D. in Orthodox theology.

  • Thesis: A Theological Examination of Giving with a Special Emphasis on Tithing
  • Supervisor: Prof. Christopher Brittain, Trinity College

Kinya Roger Minami

MPA, University of Oklahoma; BA, U of Southern California

Kinya “Roger” Minami has been a member of Joy of All Who Sorrow, Orthodox Christian Church (OCA) in Culver City, California (West Los Angeles) for many years where he serves as a subdeacon. Kinya has a Masters, Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Oklahoma (2010, Boomer Sooner!) and a BA in Communications from the University of Southern California (1993, Fight On!). Kinya currently works at the Los Angeles District Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This Fall, Kinya will start a Master of Theology program at TST, Trinity College. His area of study will be comparative theology between Buddhism and Orthodox Christianity with a focus on both church/temple architecture and mysticism.

  • Thesis: How Do Younger Coptic Orthodox Christians Discover Social Identification and Belonging Through Icons
  • Supervisor: Fr. Geoffrey Ready, Trinity College

 

Certificate in Theological Studies:
Peter DePass

Bachelor of Laws, University of the West Indies; Master of Laws, University College, London

Peter DePass has been a life-long member of St. Luke’s Church, Cross Roads, St. Andrew Jamaica, where he has been an alter server, member of the Junior and Senior choirs, church committee member, and lay representative to the Synod of the Diocese of Jamaica. Peter currently serves as the Registrar of the Diocese of Jamaica and the Provincial Registrar of the Church in the Province of the West Indies. Peter holds the Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the West Indies, and a Master of Laws degree from University College London, University of London.

Annette Gertrude Procunier

BA, Victoria College, University of Toronto

Annette Procunier is a member of St George’s Anglican Church in Goderich Ontario where she is a lector, intercessor, and has been invited to preach and takes services in the absence of the Rector. In July of 2021 she moved from Muskoka, where she had lived for 18 years, and participated in the life of the church as a Rector’s Warden, Synod Delegate, Parochial Lay Reader, and on various Diocesan committees. The move to Goderich has opened up the possibilities for service to the church in many ways and she looks forward to using what she has learned in the CTS program to enhance her ability to bring the Gospel to others.

 

The following candidate graduated with the MA from the University of St. Michael’s College at their Convocation on November 13, 2021: Andrea Lauren Hugill


Honorary Degrees 

Doctor of Sacred Letters: Mary Kitagawa

Mary Murakami Kitagawa

Presented by Nancy Graham

Hooded by Jane McMyn

Trinity College conferred a Doctor of Sacred Letters (honoris causa) upon Mary Kitagawa, in recognition of her long and distinguished service including her leadership concerning the Japanese-Canadian community as well as the wider community, and her tireless work as an educator and advocate in heightening awareness of racism, intolerance, and injustice at both the provincial and national level, and in particular, the University of Victoria’s Landscapes of Injustice project.

 

Learn more about Mary Murakami Kitagawa: Trinity College alumna (Class of 1959).

 

Doctor of Divinity: The Right Reverend Susan Bell

Susan Bell

Presented by The Rev. Canon Philip Hobson

Hooded by The Rev. Canon Terry DeForest

Trinity College conferred a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) upon the Right Rev’d Susan Bell, in recognition of her distinguished pastoral leadership as the 12th Bishop of Niagara, and in recognition of her innovative thinking and future-oriented work in promoting mission and congregational development, and in re-visioning congregational identity, in the Anglican Church of Canada.

 

View Bishop Susan Bell bio (Anglican Diocese of Niagara).

 


Prizes 2022 

First Year

FIRST YEAR
  • Peter Choi: The Margaret L. Muckle Prize in Philosophy of Religion
  • Chelsea Claude: Dean Feilding Scholarship for highest standing; The Rupert Fenwick Williams prize in New Testament
  • Monica Green: The Doolittle Prize for Reading for most improved preaching skills The Canon Charles Frederick Pashler Prize for Moral Theology
  • Jennifer Sarjeant: The Sidney Childs Prize in Dogmatics (systematic theology)

Second Year

SECOND YEAR
  • Clare Elizabeth Burns: Canon P.M. Lamb Prize in New Testament Greek
  • Marina Fanous: Archbishop Kingston Memorial Scholarship for highest standing; The Kent Testimonial Prize for best Master of Theological Studies thesis
  • Wendy Martha Hogarth: The McDonald Prize for General Knowledge of the English Bible
  • Joel Houston: The Margaret L. Muckle Prize in Church History
  • David Joseph Montgomery: The Fourth Bishop of Toronto’s Prize for General Proficiency
  • Paige Chantal Souter: The Spencer Prize in Mission Study; The Alexander Burnside Chafee Prize for best preaching skills

Third Year

THIRD YEAR
  • Claire Bramma: The Nicholson Prize in Liturgics
  • Yohan Vikram Sagar Dumpala: The Dorothy Shuter prize in Liturgics
  • Jacob Friesen: The Margaret Muckle Prize in Christian Education
  • Hannah Johnston: The Canadian Bible Society Prize for Excellence in Scripture Reading
  • Nicole Louise McKay: The Gordon Kent Stephen Memorial Prize for highest standing
  • Kieran Wilson: The College Prize in Hebrew; The McDonald Prize for General Knowledge of the English Bible
  • Li Fen Zhang: The Hamilton Memorial Prize for best honours thesis

Governor General Silver Medal

THE GOVERNOR GENERAL SILVER MEDAL FOR HIGHEST STANDING OVERALL

Roberta Susan Smandych

The Governor General’s Academic Medal was first awarded in 1873 by the Earl of Dufferin, and has since become one of the most prestigious awards that a student in a Canadian educational institution can receive. The Governor General of Canada continues this tradition of encouraging scholarship across the nation and recognizing outstanding students.