Nathan Gibbard (Director)

N. GibbardI was born in El Salvador but think of myself as from Calgary, though I also spent 10 years in Montreal where I did my Ph.D. in Religious Studies – on superheroes and religion – and worked at the Newman Centre of McGill University.  I love teaching and accompanying university students as they learn to embrace who they are as adults, and especially as they explore and own what it means to be Catholic.  That’s why I am very excited and happy to be working with Ryerson Catholic students!

I’ve always had a lively sense of the saints being real people with whom I can develop real friendships.  There are so many fascinating saints that I befriended since becoming Catholic, and so many saints I grew up with from the Bible.  St. John XXIII is a close friend, St. Paul, Bl. Cardinal Newman, too.  If I had to choose one saint, I think it would have to be St. Joseph, my protector and role model.  In terms of favourite Toronto restaurants, I am still looking.  Of those that I’ve tried (though only for very special occasions), I believe my favourite has to be Richmond Station.