The Irene and Doug Schmeiser Centre for Faith, Reason, Peace, and Justice is dedicated to fostering excellence in teaching, research, and community outreach in three of STM’s interdisciplinary and distinctive program areas:
Catholic Studies, engaging the intersections of faith, reason, and culture in Catholic traditions.
Critical Perspectives on Social Justice and the Common Good, exploring expressions of justice and solidarity across diverse cultures and contexts.
Peace Studies, concerned with the analysis and creative transformation of conflict.
The CFRPJ will achieve these goals by:
- Animating in St. Thomas More College (STM) students a passion for learning and service in the areas of faith and reason along with peace and justice.
- Sponsoring and partnering to deliver engaging conferences, lectures, and panels, which touch upon one or more of the Centre’s key areas.
- Hosting film nights introduced for their relevance to the Centre’s key fields and followed by a short panel and open conversation.
- Acting as a link between (1) non-profit organizations and community groups active in one or more of the Centre’s areas, and, (2) STM faculty whose expertise can benefit those organizations and groups.
- Teaching, research, and outreach support for STM faculty undertaking community-based projects in Saskatchewan relating to the Centre’s key areas.
- Recruiting students, managing, and delivering academic programs in Catholic Studies, Critical Perspectives on Social Justice and the Common Good, and Peace Studies.
- Celebrating the work and experiences of STM students involved with Centre’s programming.
- Friend-raising to create a core contact list of people and groups interested in the Centre and its activities.
- Establishing a social media presence to promote the Centre’s activities and share information related to the Centre’s three fields.
Schmeiser Centre YouTube Channel link: https://www.youtube.com/@SchmeiserCentre
CFRPJ Program Committee
Darcie Lich, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools
Heather Peters, Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan
Myron Rogal, Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon
Lesya Sabada, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon
Blake Sittler, St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon
Tammy Marche, Dean of STM (Chair)
John Liptay, Chair, Catholic Studies Program Committee
Michael Poellet, Co-Chair Critical Perspectives on Social Justice and the Common Good Program Committee
Alisha Pomazon, Co-Chair, Critical Perspectives on Social Justice and the Common Good Program Committee
Cynthia Wallace, Chair, Peace Studies Program Committee
Christopher Hrynkow, Co-Director of the Irene and Doug Schmeiser Centre for Faith, Reason, Peace, and Justice
Gertrude Rompré, Co-Director of the Irene and Doug Schmeiser Centre for Faith, Reason, Peace, and Justice
Irene and Doug Schmeiser and STM College
Irene Ositis-Schmeiser and late husband Doug share history and support for the College that go back many decades. Ositis-Schmeiser served 6 years on STM’s Corporation, while Schmeiser was named as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2009 recognizing his lifetime of achievement since graduating from the College.
Schmeiser served as Dean at USask College of Law and worked extensively nationally and internationally in the areas of constitutional law, legal reform, human rights, and judicial education. The Doug and Irene Schmeiser Scholarship established in 2000 annually supports STM students majoring in Philosophy.
As regular attendees at STM academic lectures, and members of the College worshipping community, “we experienced a sense of community and a wonderful extended family,” says Ositis-Schmeiser.
Ositis-Schmeiser’s gift plans for the College in 2019 were solidified when presented with an update of the Centre development. “The focus and goals of STM’s Centre for Faith, Reason, Peace, and Justice, along with its dedication to fostering excellence in teaching, research, and community outreach, reflected our values along with our career and volunteer pursuits, and that which strengthened our relationship with the College community over three decades.” said Ositis-Schmeiser of her decision to extend support to the initiative.
See the Dec. 16, 2021 Funding Announcement HERE
St. Thomas More College Peace Studies Essay Prize
Call for Applications:
Two scholarships of $1,000 to be awarded to current and incoming Peace Studies students
To apply, please compose an essay of 800 to 1,200 words that answers the question, What difference can peace studies education make in our contemporary local, national, and/or global society?