Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Faculty & Staff

Jean-Pierre Fortin, PhD

Title/s: Assistant Professor of Spirituality

Office #: WTC-LT #647

Phone: 312.915.7409


CV Link: CV_Jean-Pierre_Fortin


Jean-Pierre Fortin is Assistant Professor of Spirituality at the Institute of Pastoral Studies of Loyola University Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Laval University (Quebec City), a Ph.D. in theology from the University of St. Michael’s College (Toronto) and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) from Regis College (Toronto). In his first book, L’apparaître humain. Essai sur la signification philosophique du principe anthropique (Vrin, 2006), he rethinks the human condition in light of the findings of evolutionary biology and cosmology. In his second (recently released) book, Grace in Auschwitz: A Holocaust Christology (Fortress Press, 2016), he proposes a Christian theology of grace emerging from and corresponding to the Jewish experience of the Shoah. He is the author of many journal articles, has given several academic presentations at national and international conferences and is actively involved in ecumenical dialogue. His research aims at finding ways to address the religious concerns and questions of twenty-first century Christians. His method involves interpreting the Christian tradition for the contemporary world using categories and methods drawn from spirituality, and integrating the inputs of philosophy and experimental science with those of theology to provide a more faithful account of human existence.


  • The University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto (Canada): PhD, Systematic Theology
  • Université Laval, Quebec City (Canada): PhD, Philosophy of Science
  • Regis College, Toronto (Canada): STL, Theology of Grace
  • The University of St. Michael`s College, Toronto (Canada): MA, Systematic Theology
  • Université Laval, Quebec City (Canada): MA, Philosophy (Aesthetics)

Program Areas

  • Spirituality
  • Evil, Suffering, Sin and Grace
  • Christian Doctrine
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Ecumenism

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
  • Spiritual Directors International
  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Canadian Theological Society

Courses Taught

  • IPS 545 Foundations of Christian Spirituality
  • IPS 428 Introduction to Spirituality Praxis
  • IPS 429 Advanced Spirituality Praxis
  • IPS 404 Theologies of Suffering

Selected Publications


  • Fortin, Jean-Pierre. Grace in Auschwitz: A Holocaust Christology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016.
  • Fortin, Jean-Pierre. L’apparaître humain. Essai sur la signification philosophique du principe anthropique [The Human Apparition: Essay on the Philosophical Significance of the Anthropic Cosmological Principle]. Science, Histoire, Philosophie Series. Paris / Lyons: Librairie philosophique J. Vrin / Institut Interdisciplinaire d’Études Épistémologiques, 2006.


  • Fortin, Jean-Pierre. “Divine Kenosis: Building the Human Community Out of Mercy.” The Ecumenist: A Journal of Theology, Culture and Society 54, no. 2 (2017): 8-17.Fortin, Jean-Pierre. “Symbolism in Weakness: Jesus Christ for the Postmodern Age.” Heythrop Journal 58, no. 1 (2017): 64-77.
  • Fortin, Jean-Pierre. “Confession as Spiritual Communion: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Theology of Forgiveness and Reconciliation.” Touchstone 34, no. 3 (2016): 14-24.
  • Fortin, Jean-Pierre. “Spirituality as Lived Interpretation: A Transformative Encounter between Two Traditions.” Religious Studies and Theology 35, no. 1 (2016): 37-51.
  • Fortin, Jean-Pierre. “Spiritual Empowerment for Love: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Ethics of Resistance.” The Bonhoeffer Legacy: Australasian Journal of Bonhoeffer Studies 3, no. 2 (2015): 19-40
  • Fortin, Jean-Pierre. “Critical Theology, Committed Philosophy: Discovering Anew the Faith-Reason Dynamics with Origen of Alexandria and Augustine of Hippo.” Philosophy and Theology 27, no. 1 (2015): 25-54
  • Fortin, Jean-Pierre. “Understanding as Love: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Pastoral Theology.” Pro Ecclesia 23, no. 4 (2014): 435-56.
  • Fortin, Jean-Pierre. “Christian Rationality: Embracing the Divine Mystery.” Toronto Journal of Theology 29, no. 2 (2013): 337-50.

Comments from Students:

"Jean-Pierre has a great way of teaching. Opens up subject and encourages thought by asking questions. Very open to discussion in a non-judgmental way."

"I eagerly look forward to taking more courses with Dr. Fortin. I found him to be passionate, articulate and brilliant in regards to the subject matter as well as his personal faith experience."

"Excellent knowledge of the field. Fine skill in pulling knowledge out of students and weaving it together. Demanding in a productive way. I hope to take additional work with him."

"Professor Jean-Pierre Fortin is an amazing professor. He had a plan for each class and the progression of his readings which was very interesting and thought evoking. I didn’t really understand Christian spirituality and now, I feel like I will be on a lifelong journey developing my own spirituality."