Fr. John David Meehan, SJ, a young, outstanding Canadian Jesuit is president and professor of history at Campion College (University of Regina). He holds a B.A. Hons. (McGill), Dip.Theol. (Oxford), M.A. (Johns Hopkins-SAIS), M.Div./S.T.B. (Regis), Th.M./S.T.L. (Regis), and a Ph.D. (Toronto).
He has led Campion College, the only Jesuit undergraduate college in Canada. Many have considered him to be a Renaissance man- a priest of tremendous intelligence, pastoral sensitivity, organizational leadership and a man of great affability and warm humanity.
Fr. Meehan is a prolific author and sought-after speaker and lecturer and has published widely on Jesuit history, Asia Pacific studies and Canada’s relations with Asia, including The Dominion and the Rising Sun (UBC, 2004), which won the Prime Minister’s award (2006) for translation into Japanese, and Chasing the Dragon: Shanghai and Canada’s Early Relations with China (UBC, 2011).
He is assistant editor of the three-volume Jesuit History Series (Novalis, 2015, 2017) on the history of Jesuits in English Canada. Fr. John discovered his Jesuit vocation while working with physically and mentally handicapped people at l’Arche with Jean Vanier in France.
Since entering the Society of Jesus in 2000, he has worked with Indigenous people in Saskatchewan, gang kids in Mississippi and immigrants in Minnesota. In addition to his native English, he is fluent in French, Russian, Japanese and understands Spanish, Italian and Latin.