Faculty Bio

Dr. Peter Baltutis

Associate Professor ,

Peter Baltutis earned a B.A. (honours) in history from the University of Richmond and a M.A. in history from the University of Toronto. His graduate work was in modern European history, with a focus on nationalism during the 20th century. He earned a second M.A. in Catholic theology and a Ph.D. in the history of Christianity from the University of St. Michael’s College (the Catholic Graduate Faculty of Theology in the University of Toronto). His research focuses on the historical and theological development of Catholic social teaching in Canada. Dr. Baltutis teaches courses in both history and religious studies, and he currently holds the Catholic Women's League (CWL) Chair for Catholic Studies. He can often be found hiking or long-distance running in the Rocky Mountains.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ENCYLOPEDIA 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.