The Thomas More Research Centre was originally founded in 1959, as an adjunct to The Thomas More Institute. Since re-establishing itself in 2015, as the Thomas More Research Centre for Lifelong Learning Inc. (TMRC), it continues the mission to encourage and support innovative research relating to continuing adult education.

Members of TMRC pursue individual research projects in an interdisciplinary setting in which peer review and critical thinking are strongly encouraged. Their research is further advanced and disseminated through the workshops and colloquia they offer, both to the Thomas More Institute community and to the general public. Among the research projects currently underway are: The Work of Hannah Arendt (Noga Emanuel), Non-local Consciousness (Stephen Machnik) and Metaresearch: A Bird’s Eye View of Research as a Sub-Culture (Joan Kahn).


To promote innovative research that inspires and facilitates life-long learning


  1. To consolidate the historical link between the  current Thomas More Research Centre (TMRC) and the preceding Thomas More Research Institute (TMRI)
  2. To support ongoing research projects, including presentations, lectures, seminars, workshops, discussions, symposia, publications, etc.
  3. To encourage new research projects
  4. To recruit new members to TMRC
  5. To continually develop and refine the research skills of TMRC members
  6. To encourage members to attend research conferences
  7. To invite stimulating speakers
  8. To seek and follow through on future fundraising opportunities

TMRC is currently seeking new research members from the TMI community. To apply for membership, interested individuals are asked to submit their responses to the following email address:



Joan Kahn, PhD


Mickey de Takacsy

Vice President



James Sangster


Heather Stephens, PhD



  • info_outlineCourse: Discerning Fact from Fiction: Is This Even Possible in a Multicultural World? launch
    • We invite you to join us in a three part course/workshop. Part one extends over six sessions and sets participants up in a “though experiment” grounded in Lonergan’s transcendental method and functional specialities. Phase two expands this brief introduction by taking up a case study drawn from the current news cycle, thus providing a practical application of Lonergan’s approach. Finally, in the third phase this set of analytical tools is used by participants to direct their own analysis and evaluation of current news cycles. In this way, each person will come face-to-face with the foundations of their own judgments and decisions. This research project is a collaborative efforts between the Lonergan Centre for Ethical Reflection and the Thomas More Research Centre.

      Phase one, a stand-alone section, includes such topics as:
      1. Lonergan’s cosmopolis and fundamental institutional change
      2. Suspending judgment in order to listen
      3. The importance of feelings
      4. Learning to live in a world mediated by meaning
      5. Facilitating the building of our own reality (transcendental method)
      6. Learning to evaluate collective judgments (functional specialties)
      7. Paying attention to (and objectifying) the realm of inferiority

      The project will be held at the Lonergan Centre, Theological Studies Department at Concordia University (2140 Bishop Street Annex D), with the first course starting on Friday, January 12th 2018 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. There are no fees for this course. Participants will be required to purchase their own copy of Lonergan’s Method in Theology, as the primary resource manual.

      For more information, please contact:
      Russell C. Baker
      Course/Workshop Director/Instructor/Moderator    or vist

  • info_outlineBooks: TMI Papers launch
    • E. de Neeve Decoding the Economy: Understanding Change with Bernard Lonergan (2008)

      M.T. Carley Creative Learning and Living: The Human Element (2005)

      P. Dias and C.Tansey, eds. Informed Dialogue: facets of group reading-discussions (2004)
      G. MacGuigan Someone Here, Someone There (1992)

      J. Martin O’Hara, ed. Curiosity at the Center of One’s Life: Statements and Questions of R. Eric O’Connor (1987)

      E. de Neeve and H. Loiselle, eds. Future Insight: Conversations on Latent Futures with David H. Hubel, Alfred Eichner, David Tracy (1984)

      G. MacGuigan and H. Loiselle, eds. The Desert in Landscapes of the Heart: Thoughts and Questions of W. Derby, C. Going (1983)

      P. Lambert, C.Tansey, C.Going, eds. Caring about Meaning: Patterns in the Life of Bernard Lonergan (1982)

      M. Mason, T. Mason, eds. Inquiry and Attunement: Five Interviews about Adult Learning with Directors of the Thomas More Institute of Montreal (1981)

      G. Going, ed. Dialogues in Celebration: Twelve Interviews (1980)

      E. Cahn, C. Going, eds. The Question as Commitment: A Symposium (1979)

      C. Going, ed. Conversations with Eric Voegelin (1978)

      R.E. O’Connor, ed. Bernard Lonergan: 3 Lectures (1977)


  • info_outlineBooks: Other launch
    • E. Elizabeth Cran Success on the Edge (2003)

      E. Elizabeth Cran A Brief History of the Parish of Saint Simon and Saint Jude (1799-1970)

  • info_outlineOther Publications: Written and Audio launch
    • Method Journal of Lonergan Studies, Spring 2001: Article by Therese Mason, “A Woman of Common Sense Addresses the High Culture.”

      Method Journal of Lonergan Studies, Spring 1997: Article by Eileen de Neeve, “Suspicion and Recovery: Ethical Approaches to Economics.”

      McGill Journal of Education, Fall 1980: Interview of Louis Belzile, TMI artist-teacher, by Martin O’Hara, entitled “The Privileged Moment.”

      Festschrift in honour of Father Lonergan, 1980: Taped interview by Eric O’Connor entitled “Education and Method: Learning Mathematics,” Marquette University Press.

      Creative Memory ― Five Suggestions for Categorization of Adult Learning, 1975: Publication in Adult Education, vol. XXVI, no. 1, of presentations by Martin O’Hara, Stanislaus Machnik, Gert Morgenstern, Charlotte Tansey, and Eric O’Connor at the AUEC Adult Education Research Conference in Chicago, April 17-19, 1974.

      Collection of Essays, 1973: Abraham Rotstein’s 1969 TMI Convocation address published in a collection of his essays.

      University Affairs, November 1971: Contributions by E. O’Connor and C. Tansey.

      Canadian Forum, 1968: Article comparing the TMI and Rochdale. (The TMI courses were just beginning in Toronto.)

      Canadian Federation for the Humanities: Article by Charlotte Tansey published in a
      book to celebrate an anniversary of the Federation (circa 1995).

      Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR): The TMIR session on “Questions
      from Adult Learners to Religionists” published in the Society’s annual proceedings.