Dr. Sami Helewa, SJ
Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies and Religious Studies, Director, Catholic Studies
BSc (Toronto), MDiv (Regis, Toronto), STL, ThM (Cambridge, MA), MA (Toronto), PhD (Edinburgh)
Sami Helewa, S.J., was born and raised in Lebanon where he completed his first studies. He came to Canada in 1981 and enjoyed a career in the financial sector after he completed his undergraduate studies (B.Sc 1986) at the University of Toronto, and became also an editor to G-7 Report in international economics. After he completed his M. Divinity at Regis College (University of Toronto) he entered the Society of Jesus in 1998. Since then, he completed Special studies in Philosophy (2002) at University of Toronto, M. Theology and S.T.L (Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge MA, 2006), MA in religious studies at University of Toronto (2008) and a PhD in Islamic studies (University of Edinburgh, 2012). Sami is not a stranger to Campion College since during his regency he served as a chaplain and an assistant lecturer between 2002 and 2004. His research interests entail Islamic religious narrative both as a historiography and Qurʾānic exegesis, Islamic familiarity with Judaic and Christian narrative, Arabic, and Arabic narratives in translation. Dr. Helewa lectures and works in various capacities: Islam and world religions in the department of religious studies; Arabic in the department of international languages; director of the Catholic Studies at Campion. He is currently working to publish his doctoral thesis.