The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Thomas Worcester

Professor (Non-budgetary Cross-appointment)

Office Location:  Regis College, Room 301


Regis College


Born and raised in Burlington, Vermont, Thomas Worcester studied French language and literature at Columbia University before earning Master’s degrees in theology at Harvard Divinity School and Weston School of Theology. He received his Ph.D. in History from Cambridge University, where his dissertation focused on preaching and religious culture in early seventeenth-century France. In 2018 he was appointed Professor of History (status-only) at the University of Toronto.

For more than two decades he was a professor in the History Department at the College of the Holy Cross (Massachusetts), where his courses included Louis XIV’s France, Jesuits and Global Catholicism, Saints and Sinners, and The Papacy in the Modern World.

He was trained as a spiritual director at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California.


Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Jesuits, general editor. Cambridge University Press, 2017.
"Jesuit Time in Early Seventeenth-Century France," in Managing Time: Literature and Devotion in Early Modern France, ed. Richard Maber and Joanna Barker. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2017. pp.  93-105.
"Saints and Baroque Piety," in Oxford Handbook of the Baroque, ed. John D. Lyons. Oxford University Press, 2019.


  • PhD, Cambridge University