The Kennedy Smith Chair of Catholic Studies was formally established in April 2000. Its purpose is to support and promote the Catholic Studies program at McGill through teaching, research, and service to the university and community, and to collaborate with the work of the Newman Institute of Catholic Studies. Appointments to the chair normally serve on a 2 or 3 year rotation, with the possibility of renewals.
David Williams (1939-2015), Professor of Medieval Literature, was the first Kennedy Smith Chair (2000-2002). He was succeeded by Christophe Potworowski, who came to McGill from the Newman Theological College (Edmonton, Alberta) and held the chair until 2012. The current chair holder, Douglas Farrow, Professor of Christian Thought in the Faculty of Religious Studies, was appointed in 2013.
Audio Podcast of Douglas Farrow’s Inaugural Lecture as Chair
Professor Douglas Farrow, Catholics and the ‘Neutral’ State, January 22, 2014, Newman Centre of McGill University. Responses by Dr. Christopher Manfredi, Dean of Arts (McGill), and His Excellency Thomas Dowd, Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal.