Fay, Terence J. 1932-

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FAY, Terence J. 1932-


Born June 28, 1932, in Syracuse, NY; son of Hugh (in sales) and Susan Agnes (a homemaker; maiden name, Dunne) Fay. Ethnicity: "Irish." Education: Gonzaga University, B.A. and M.A., 1961; University of Toronto—Regis College, M.A., 1967; Georgetown University, Ph.D., 1974. Politics: Liberal. Religion: Roman Catholic.


Home—41 Earl St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4Y 1M4. Office—508 History Office, St. Augustine's Seminary, University of Toronto, 10 St. Mary St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4Y 1P9. E-mail—[email protected].


Regiopolis College, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, teacher, 1950-53; University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, assistant professor at St. Paul's College, 1971-79; University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, assistant professor, 1979-80; University of Manitoba, assistant professor at St. Paul's College, 1981-84; Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, assistant professor, 1980-81; University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, lecturer at St. Augustine's Seminary, 1988—. Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Toronto, associate pastor; Engaged Encounter Weekends, animator. Canadian Institute of Jesuit Studies, research director for Dictionary of Jesuit Biography: Ministry to English Canada, 1842-1987. Military service: U.S. Navy, 1950-54.


Canadian Historical Association, Canadian Catholic Historical Association, Historia Ecclesiae Catholicae Canadensis, American Catholic Historical Association, Associates of Ultimate Reality and Meaning.


Ching Award, Dr. Gemma Ching, 1990; Jesuit Award, Jesuit Fathers of Upper Canada, 1995; Jackman Award for public service, Jackman Foundation, 1996; Golden Alumni Award, Le Moyne College, 2003.


(Editor) One Hundred Years: Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Griffin House, 1991.

(Editor, with John Duggan) Spiritual Roots: Historical Essays on the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto at 150 Years of Age, Lourdes (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1991.

A History of Canadian Catholics, McGill-Queen's University Press (Kingston, Ontario, Canada), 2002.

Contributor to books, including The Religions of Canadians, edited by Jamie Scott, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 2004; also contributor to dictionaries. Contributor to periodicals, including American Review of Canadian Studies, Urban History Review, Compass: Jesuit Journal, Irish Messenger of the Sacred Heart, Studies: Irish Quarterly Review, Ultimate Reality and Meaning: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Philosophy of Understanding, and Historical Studies. Editor, CCHA Bulletin, 1991-2002.


Terence J. Fay told CA: "I read and write history for the pleasure of doing so. As a teacher in the classroom, I find it is very important to put down in writing what I wish to talk about to the students. As French novelist André Gide once said, 'I do not know what I think until I see what I say.' Words on the page are important to me. They help me to clarify my thoughts.

"I have taught political, diplomatic, and religious history. All three fields delight me when I hear or read about them. Thomas Bokenkotter, who published A Concise History of the Catholic Church, inspired me greatly to do my recent book on the history of Canadian Catholics. I believe history must be vividly written to be good history and to assist the reader's memory.

"My writing method is the 'bygosh bygad' method of jumping in and doing it. It is learning by doing. Every article or book demands different methods or different models.

"By the experience of writing and editing, I have learned a more sophisticated grammar and syntax in my writing style, which makes the text more easy to read. It benefits both the author and the reader."