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Editor , priest

David Stuart Toolan, American priest, editor. Joined Society of Jesus (Jesuit), Roman Catholic Church, 1958; ordained priest, 1967. Southern Methodist University fellow, 1967-1970, 72; Agnes L. Schneider Foundation grantee, 1975; recipient award for best book review section National Catholic Press Association, 1980-1985, 88.


Toolan, David Stuart was born on August 11, 1935 in Portland, Maine, United States. Son of John Edward and Gertrude (Maher) Toolan.


Bachelor, Georgetown University, 1957. Master of Arts, Fordham University, 1964. STB, Woodstock College, 1967.

Doctor of Philosophy, Southern Methodist University, 1974.


Consultor New York province, Society of Jesus (Jesuit), New York City, 1970-1972;assistant professor, Canisius College, Buffalo, 1970-1979;associate editor, Commonweal magazine, New York City, 1979-1989;director, Merton Community, New York City, 1981-1988;superior, West Side Jesuit Community, New York City, 1986-1992;associate editor, American magazine, New York City, since 1989. Board dirs Children of War task force, New York City.


  • Joined Society of Jesus (Jesuit), Roman Catholic Church, 1958. Ordained priest, 1967.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Facing West from California's Shores, 1987. Member editorial board Seminar on Jesuit Spirituality, 1988-1991. Associate editor: The Way, since 1990.


Coordinator Harrisburg Defense Committee, Buffalo, 1971-1973, Fair Jury Project, Attica Defense Committee, Buffalo, 1973-1974. Member Catholic Theological Society of America, American Academy Religion, National Book Critics Circle (board directors 1983-1984).


John Edward Toolan

Gertrude (Maher) Toolan