Jean-Marc Laporte, S.J. joined the Jesuits in 1958, studied theology at Regis College (1964-68), and was ordained a priest in 1967 in Toronto. He received his doctorate from the Université de Strasbourg in 1971. He taught at Regis College from 1971 to 2002, with focus on grace, Christology, Trinity, and Aquinas. He was president of the college from 1975 to 1982 and from 1992-1999 he was Director of the Toronto School of Theology. From 2002-2008 he was Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in English Canada. He is currently the director of the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality in Halifax, and priest-in-charge of St. Patrick's Parish in Halifax.

In addition to articles and the publication of his doctoral dissertation, he published Patience and Power (New York: Paulist 1988), a contemporary theology of grace for the first world.


Ever since my first study of theology while in college over fifty years ago, the mystery of the Trinity has fascinated me. After some years teaching at Regis I was asked to offer a course on God/Trinity, which I did for some twenty years. My ambition has been to put my notes together and amplify them into a book, which I was unable to do because of administrative responsibilities. My teaching came to an end in 2002 when I became provincial superior of the Jesuits in English Canada, and since then I have been in charge of a spirituality centre and a parish in Halifax. But little by little I did find the time to read, revise, and update. The result is not a work on the cutting edge of today's more fashionable theologies, but more classical, traditional, animated with the pedagogical desire to help students relate this mystery to their own personal and pastoral experience. The circle of my academic life is complete: in my intellectual quest I have returned where I began.