Lance Dixon

Director of Campus Ministry

Phone: 403-254-3724
Office: Rm 112, Classroom Building

Helping each other discover our life purpose, and empowering one another to fulfill it. That to me is life’s great adventure and I’m honoured to share that journey with you.

Lance loved his days playing and coaching basketball, now hits the mountain bike trails whenever he can and is thrilled two of his three daughters enjoy the adventure of riding with him (his middle daughter, admittedly, is the more sensible one). When it’s time to chill, it’s either a good movie or a good book (it’s gotta be good to sit for longer than an hour).

While Lance spent his early childhood in Detroit, his father served as priest in the historic St. Mathew-St. Joseph (Anglican) church, the last refuge along the underground railroad for Black slaves before reaching the Canadian border. Being of mixed racial heritage, Lance quickly learned to be sensitive to the struggle for inclusion. After completing high school in Ontario, Lance was deeply influenced by the movement of political liberation and social reconciliation during his time in South Africa. He returned to Canada to pursue post-secondary education, and not long after felt a spiritual call to also serve as a parish priest in the Anglican tradition. Lance settled in Toronto, and over that period served on various ecumenical and social justice organizations, while also establishing a missional-monastic house in downtown west Toronto called the Jeremiah Community.

Lance’s continued passion for education brought him back to South Africa as a lecturer at Transfiguration theological college founded by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. During his graduate studies in Religious Education at the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Lance became fascinated by the body of work called Catholic Social Teaching, which essentially defined social justice as the ‘constitutive’ element of Jesus’ message. He went on to complete a doctor of ministry degree focusing on ways we are formed to become agents of social transformation. With his spouse and three daughters, Lance moved to Alberta to take on a full-time position in Catholic education. His most recent role was supporting teachers and principals as Religious Education and Family Life consultant for the Calgary Catholic school district. Being invited to join St. Mary’s was a ‘coming home’ moment for Lance. Here he found the rich heritage of Catholic social teaching, encompassed by free and honest discourse in a diverse community, who together are dedicated to serving society for the common good. He now finds no greater fulfillment than helping you feel you belong here as well.

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