Dr. Peter Baltutis

Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies
CWL Chair for Catholic Studies

Phone: (403) 254-3136

Email: peter.baltutis@stmu.ca

Office: A312

  • Ph.D., History of Christianity, University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto
  • M.A., Theology, University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto
  • M.A., History, University of Toronto
  • B.A. (honors) magna cum laude, History, University of Richmond

Specialization/research interests: History and theology of modern Catholicism (1789 to the present); Canadian religious history; Catholic social teaching; Second Vatican Council; European political and diplomatic history (1750 to the present); Community Service-Learning

Peter began his academic career as a historian, earning a B.A. (honours) and a M.A. in history. His graduate work focused on modern European history, with a focus on nationalism and state formation during the twentieth century. Interested in the role of religion as an agent of social change, he earned a second M.A. in Catholic theology from the University of St. Michael’s College (the Catholic Graduate Faculty of Theology in the University of Toronto), where he explored the historical and theological development of Catholic social teaching in Canada. Combining his overlapping interests in secular history and Catholic theology, Peter earned a Ph.D. in the history of Christianity from the University of St. Michael’s College. His doctoral dissertation was the first historical and theological examination of Development and Peace, the official international development agency of the Canadian Catholic Church (which is currently being prepared for publication). This research broke new ground by studying the impact of Vatican II on Catholic social teaching in Canada, as well as exploring the little-understood role that religious actors play in the development of the Global South.

At St. Mary’s University, Dr. Baltutis teaches courses in Religious Studies that include: Introduction to Catholicism; the History of Christianity; Vatican II; a Community Service-Learning course in Catholic Social Justice; and a travel study course in Rome, Italy on Christian Spirituality. He also teaches courses in Modern European history (1750-1900); Twentieth Century European History (1900 to the present), and the History of Ideas.

Peter also serves as the President-General of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association (CCHA).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “From Charity to Justice: The Evolution of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, 1967-1982.” The Ecumenist: A Journal of Theology, Culture and Society 50, no. 1 (Winter 2013): 1-8.
  • “Rooted in the Vision of Vatican II: Youth Corps and the Formation of Christ-Centered Agents of Social Change, 1966-1984.” CCHA Historical Studies 76 (2010): 7-26.
  • “‘To Enlarge Our Hearts and To Widen Our Horizon’: Archbishop Neil McNeil and the Origins of Social Catholicism in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto, 1912-1934.” CCHA Historical Studies 74 (2008): 29-50.

Book Chapters

  • “The Bishops and Laity as Collegial Partners in Social Justice: A Case Study of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.” In Full, Conscious, and Active: Lay Participation in the Church’s Dialogue with the World, eds. Donna L. Orsuto and Robert S. White. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana. [in press]
  • “Realizing the Vision: Building a Nationwide Movement for Social Justice.” In Jubilee: 50 Years of Solidarity, eds. Mike Flynn, Danny Gillis, Hélène Gobeil, and Fabien Leboeuf, 13-20. Toronto: Novalis, 2017.
  • “‘Do Justice. Love Kindness’: A Faith that Does Justice – Jesuit Social Apostolate in English Canada, 1842-2014.” In Builders of a Nation: Jesuits in English Canada, eds. Jacques Monet, Joseph B. Gavin, and John D. Meehan, 157-187. Toronto: Novalis, 2015.
  • “Experimenting Creatively with Being Church in the Modern World: The Social Affairs Commission of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1965-1984.” In Vatican II: Expériences canadiennes – Canadian experiences, eds. Michael Attridge, Catherine E. Clifford, and Gilles Routier, 253-75. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2011.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • “Ecumenical Movement, Perspectives of the.” In Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States, eds. George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport, 1724-1741. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Singular Vision: The Founding of the Catholic Church Extension Society of Canada, 1908 to 1915. By Michael Power. (Toronto: Novalis, 2013). CCHA Bulletin vol. 28, no. 2 (Fall 2014): 3-5.
  • Review of Michael Power: The Struggle to Build the Catholic Church on the Canadian Frontier. By Mark G. McGowan. (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005). Journal of Historical Biography 9 (Spring 2011): 177-181.

Popular Articles

  • “The Value of a Catholic Community.” In The Torch (Newman Centre Catholic Mission Newsletter) Volume 1, Issue 3 (Spring 2017): 4.
  • “Pope Francis’ Twofold Challenge to All Catholics: Live Mercy and Do Justice!” In The Carillon (Publication of the Catholic Diocese of Calgary) Volume 20, Number 4 (April 2016): 15.

  • Nominated for the St. Mary’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2017-18)
  • Nominated for the St. Mary’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2016-17)
  • Faculty Research and Scholarship Grant, St. Mary’s University (2015)
  • Delegate, “First International Meeting of Young Catholics for Social Justice,” Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pontifical Lateran University, Vatican City (2013)
  • Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) (2012)
  • Presidential Graduate Scholarship, American Catholic Historical Association (2012)
  • John M. Kelly Award, Toronto School of Theology (2011-12)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS) (2010-11)
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship (2007-10)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Richmond (1997-2001)

  • “A Prophetic Voice in the Canadian Catholic Church: Romeo Maione’s Model of Lay Leadership for Justice in the World.” American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) Annual Conference (Chicago: January 3-6, 2019)
  • Participant in Roundtable Discussion on “50 Years of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.” Canadian Catholic Historical Association (CCHA) 84th Annual Conference, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences (Ryerson University, Toronto, ON: May 31-June 1, 2017)
  • “Romeo Maione: A Model of Lay Leadership for Justice within the Canadian Catholic Church.” Annual Conference of the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) (St. Mary’s University, Calgary, AB: May 5-6, 2017)
  • “The Bishops and Laity as Collegial Partners in Social Justice: Lessons from the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.” College Theology Society (CTS) Rome Seminar (The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas, Rome: July 6-9, 2016)
  • “Faith that Does Justice: Jesuit Social Justice Initiatives in English Canada after Vatican II (1965 to the Present).” Canadian Catholic Historical Association (CCHA) 83rd Annual Conference, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences (University of Calgary, AB: June 1-2, 2016)
  • “Catholic Approaches to Urban Poverty: The Founding of The Door Is Open in Vancouver.” Annual Conference of the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) (Marylhurst University, Portland, OR: March 27-29, 2015)
  • “The Impact of Vatican II on Catholic Social Teaching in Canada.” Joint Session of the Canadian Theological Society (CTS) and Canadian Catholic Historical Association (CCHA), Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (University of Victoria, BC: June 1-8, 2013)
  • “Creative Tension between the Laity and the Institutional Church: Development and Peace, Cardinal Carter of Toronto, and the ‘1982 Funding Crisis.’” American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) 92nd Annual Conference (Chicago: January 5-8, 2012)
  • “From Paternalism to Partnership: The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, 1972-1973.” International Association for the History of Religion (IAHR) XXth Quinquennial World Congress (University of Toronto: August 15-21, 2010)
  • “A Delicate Balancing Act: The Relationship between the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace and the Canadian International Development Agency.” Ecumenism and the Challenges of Pluralism: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue: 40th Anniversary Conference of the Toronto School of Theology (Toronto School of Theology: May 7-8, 2010)
  • “The Globalization of the Canadian Catholic Church: The Founding of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.” Religion and Globalization: 2010 Religion and Public Life Conference (Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON: February 26, 2010)
  • “Rooted in the Vision of Vatican II: Youth Corps and Its Efforts to Empower Young Adults in Catholic Social Justice, 1966-1984.”  Canadian Catholic Historical Association (CCHA) 76h Annual Conference (Carleton University, Ottawa, ON: May 25-26, 2009)
  • “Experimenting Creatively with Being Church in the Modern World: The Social Affairs Commission of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1965-1984.” Vatican II in Canada Colloquium (University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, ON: May 4-6, 2009)
  • “The Origins of Social Catholicism in English-Speaking Canada.” American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) 88th Annual Conference (Washington, DC: January 3-6, 2008)
  • “To Enlarge Our Hearts and To Widen Our Horizon’: Archbishop Neil McNeil of Toronto and the Origins of Social Catholicism in English-Speaking Canada.”  Canadian Catholic Historical Association (CCHA) 74th Annual Conference (University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK: May 28-29, 2007)

  • “Sharing Catholicism’s ‘Best-Kept Secret’: Using Catholic Social Teaching as a Pedagogical Tool in the Classroom,” PD Presentation to the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD)-Secondary (Bishop Grandin High School, Calgary, October 5, 2018)
  • “Applying the Feminine Genius to a Canadian Lay Context”, Address to the Catholic Women’s Leagues of St. Cecilia’s Church and St. Bonaventure Church (St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Calgary, March 13, 2018)
  • Luther’s Legacy: Reform or Revolution – A Discussion” [with Brad Everett], Father Lacombe Guild (St. John the Evangelist Church, Calgary, AB, September 21, 2017)
  • “Spiritual Growth at University,” Address to the Recipients for the Lorne Dowling Bursaries awarded by the Knights of Columbus, Council 4878 (St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Calgary, September 18, 2017)
  • “Realizing the Vision of Vatican II: The History of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace,” Keynote Address at the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace Regional Assembly and Retreat 2017 for Alberta/Northwest Territories (FCJ Christian Life Centre, Calgary, AB, April 28-30, 2017)
  • “How to Live Mercy and Do Justice: Catholic Social Justice Workshop,” sponsored by the Diocese of Calgary Social Justice Commission (St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, October 1, 2016): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqlNu0T0-aA (part 1) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m91QbXuJwCU&t=1832s (part 2)
  • “The Church Lives: Lumen Gentium and the Incarnation of the Mystical Body,” sponsored by the Diocese of Calgary Jubilee Year of Mercy “Experiencing Mercy Series” (St. Vincent Liem Catholic Church, March 13, 2016): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyIRpKPgm80
  • Laudato Si: Catholic Theologian’s Perspective,” Liberal Arts Forum “Minding the Earth: A Roundtable Discussion on Pope Francis’ Environmental Encyclical” (St. Mary’s University, September 24, 2015)
  • “Living Like Christ in Our Day to Day Lives: Social Justice Workshop,” sponsored by the Diocese of Calgary Social Justice Commission (St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, May 30, 2015)
  • “Dialogue with the World: Impact and Legacy of Vatican II on Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue,” sponsored by the Diocese of Calgary Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (Catholic Pastoral Centre, May 2, 2015)
  • “The ‘Coming of Age’ of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, 1967-1982” to the Vancouver Diocesan Council of Development and Peace (St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, April 16, 2014)
  • “Joy and Solidarity: Pope Francis’ Vision for Catholicism in Evangelii Gaudium” at The Catholic Forum, sponsored by the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) of Vancouver (St. Mary’s Catholic Church, April 1, 2014): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeMnu1E6N60 (part 1) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNRxFbxWtKw (part 2)
  • “Pope Francis: An Encyclical, An Exhortation, A Mission,” Naming the Holy Lectures at St. Mark’s Church, UBC, Vancouver, February 5, 2014)
  • “The Catholic Church and the Holocaust” at St. Thomas More Collegiate High School, Vancouver (December 3, 2013)

Canadian Catholic Historical Association Executive Board

  • President-General, 2018-2020
  • President, 2016-2018
  • Vice-President, 2014-2016
  • Member-at-large, 2012-2014