Rixon, Gordon A.

College: Regis College
Degrees: PhD (Boston College)
Email: gordon.rixon@utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-922-5474 ext 225
Teaching Category:
Regular Tenure Stream
Appointment Status:
Basic Degree


Gordon Rixon, S.J. completed undergraduate studies in philosophy and mathematics at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, a Master of Divinity and Licentiate in Theology at Regis College, Toronto, and doctoral studies in theology at Boston College. In addition to serving on the Regis Faculty, Gordon is a Research Scholar at the Lonergan Research Institute and a past member of the Institute’s Board of Directors. He is a literary trustee for the estate of the Canadian Jesuit philosopher and theologian Bernard Lonergan. Gordon complements his academic work by preaching regularly in local parishes and offering educational seminars in the community

Gordon joined the Regis faculty in 1996 after working on the program staff at the Jesuit Center for Social Faith and Justice in Toronto. He has been a Senior Resident at Massey College at the University of Toronto and a Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. He served on the Board of Directors of Covenant House, Toronto from 2001 to 2015 and represented the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Churches’ Council on Theological Education. He served as Dean of Regis College from 2005 to 2014.

  • Specializations

    • Systematic Theology
  • Publications

    • "Breathing through Cascading Ecologies: The Gift of Hope," Toronto Journal of Theology 36/1 (2020), pp. 44-53.
    • "Artificial Intelligence as a Theological Challenge," Toronto Journal of Theology 36/1 (2020), pp. 78-80.
    • “Dwelling on the Way: Pope Francis and Bernard Lonergan on Discernment,” Irish Theological Quarterly 84/3 (2019), pp. 305-318.
    • "The Wall and the Sacred Space," in Katharine Lochnan et al., eds., Mystical Landscapes: From Vincent van Gogh to Emily Carr, Munich: DelMonico – Prestel Books, 2016, pp. 106-109.
    • "Locating Hegel’s Aufhebung and Tracing Lonergan’s 'Sublation'," The Heythrop Journal 57/3 (2016), pp. 492-510.
    • "Engaged Collecting: Culture Transforming Mission – The Regis College Library, University of Toronto," Journal of Jesuit Studies 2/2 (2015), pp. 265-282.
    • "Beauty, Critical Reflection and Justice," URAM 34/2 (2011), published in 2015, pp. 130-152.

    Book Reviews:

    • Louis Roy.The Three Dynamisms of Faith, Searching for Meaning, Fulfillment and Truth, Science et Esprit 73/1-2 (2021), pp. 293-296.
    • Bronwen McShea. Apostles of Empire: The Jesuits and New France, Toronto Journal of Theology, 36/1 (2020), pp. 104-105.
    • Nicholas Shrubsole, What Has No Place, Remains: The Challenges for Indigenous Religious Freedom in Canada Today, Toronto Journal of Theology 35/2 (2019), pp. 228–229.
    • Timothy T. N. Lim. Ecclesial Recognition with Hegelian Philosophy, Social Psychology, and Continental Political Theory: An Interdisciplinary Proposal. Theology and Mission in World Christianity 6, Theological Studies 79/4 (2018), pp. 930-931.
    • Jaques Monet, S.J., et al. Conscience of a Nation: A History of Jesuits in English Canada, Journal of Jesuit Studies 5/2 (2018), pp. 301-303
    • Randall S. Rosenberg. The Givenness of Desire: Concrete Subjectivity and the Natural Desire to See God, Theological Studies 79/1 (2018), pp. 202-204.
    • Risto Saarinen. Recognition and Religion: A Historical and Systematic Study, Theological Studies 78/3 (2017), pp. 776-777.
    • Charles Taylor. The Language Animal: The Full Shape of the Human Language Capacity, Theological Studies 78/2 (2017), pp. 511-512.
    • Bernard Lonergan. The Incarnate Word, Journal of Jesuit Studies 4/2 (2017), pp. 365-367.
    • Thomas J. McPartland. Lonergan and Historiography: The Epistemological Philosophy of History, University of Toronto Quarterly 81/3 (2012), pp. 670-671.