Rev'd Michael Knox, SJ is a Roman Catholic priest in the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), born in the City of Quebec, Canada, and later raised in Toronto. After entering the order in 1997, he completed a four-year honours bachelor’s degree in history at Trinity College, University of Toronto, followed by a D.P. in philosophical studies at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. In 2006, he completed an M.A. thesis in history, focusing on aspects of the early-modern Society of Jesus in England, at Memorial University, Newfoundland, and Campion Hall, Oxford. Subsequently, in 2009, he completed a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology and a Master of Divinity, Regis College, University of Toronto, followed by a License in Sacred Theology and an M.A. in Theology at the same school, under the direction of Dr Gill K. Goulding, C.J. His thesis examined the theology of self-sacrificing love in the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola.
Dr Knox's DPhil thesis was entitled: "The Rhetoric of Martyrdom: Hagiographical Mission Literature of the Society of Jesus in New France, 1632-1652" and was completed under the supervision of Dr Nicholas Davidson (St. Edmund’s Hall) and Dr Antoni Ucerler, S.J. (Campion Hall).
Areas of Academic Interest
Early modern Canadian History; history of the Society of Jesus; ecclesiastical history; and theology.
‘Martyrs of the New World’ in Builders of a Nation: The History of the Society of Jesus in Canada (vol. 2). Toronto: Novalis Press, 2015.
Dictionary of Jesuit Biography, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.
Public Lectures and Seminars
‘The Jesuit Relations and the Early History of the Jesuits in Canada, given at the Chancellor’s Lecture, Regis College, September, 2014.
The Use of Barbares and Sauvages: Rhetorical Devices in the Jesuit Relations of New France, given at ‘Early Modern Martyrdom and Martyrologies’, a seminar sponsored by the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, 2 March, 2013.
‘Heart to Heart’: John Henry Cardinal Newman’s Presentation of Spiritual Conversation in the University, given at the Newman Centre, University of Toronto, on 23 September 2010.
The Poetry of Martyrdom in the Writings of Prudentius, given at Campion College, University of Regina. On 15 February 2009.
Theological Reflections on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola, given at the Pastoral Training Program, Archdiocese of Ottawa on 17-18 March 2008.