Dr. Donna Geernaert
B.Sc. in El. Ed., Mt. St. Vincent University, Halifax, NS
M.A. University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, ON
Ph.D., University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, ON
In addition, I have received Honorary Doctorates from the Atlantic School of Theology (2009), and St. Mark’s College (2014), as well as The Christian Culture Award from Assumption University (2002). In 1997, I was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal for my work in ecumenism.
As director of ecumenical and interfaith relations for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, I served on the Canadian Council of Churches Governing Board, Executive Committee and Commission on Faith and Witness. I participated in ecumenical dialogues with Anglican, Lutheran, Orthodox, and United churches as well as interfaith conversations with the Canadian Jewish Congress and with representatives of the Council of Muslim Communities in Canada.
At the international level, I attended meetings of the World Council of Churches and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. I was appointed to the Plenary Commission of the WCC Commission on Faith and Order and in this capacity attended the Fifth World Conference on Faith and Order held in Santiago de Compostela in August 1993, and the plenary assembly in Moshi, Tanzania in August 1997. I also served as a Vatican representative on the international dialogue with the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, co-facilitated the International Anglican and Roman Catholic Leaders’ Meeting held in Mississauga in May 2000, and served on the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission. At the invitation of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, I also participated in a theological colloquium on religious plurality in the western world.
After the completion of my term as Congregational Leader for the Sisters of Charity–Halifax in 2014, I resumed ecumenical activities participating in Canadian bilateral dialogues with Anglican and Lutheran churches and serving as Chair of the Canadian Council of Churches Commission on Justice and Peace.