North American Scholar

SHERIDAN, Rev. James Joseph

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1914-12-06
  • Born City: Legga County Longford
  • Born State/Country: Ireland
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1987-01-07
  • Death City: Longford
  • Death State/Country: Ireland
  • Education:

    B.A. Nat. U. Ireland (Dublin), 1934; M.A. U. Toronto,, 1941; Ph.D., 1944.

  • Professional Experience:

    Lctr. to prof. Lat. St. Michael's Coll., U. Toronto, 1945-80.

  • Publications:

    Alan of Lille, Anticlaudianus or The Good and Perfect Man (trans. & comm.) (Toronto, 1973); Alan of Lille, The Plaint of Nature (Toronto, 1980).

  • Notes:

    As head of the Department of Classics at St. Michael's College for many years, and as chairman of the combined departments in 1962 and 1972, Father Sheridan was well known among both colleagues and students for the breadth of his classical knowledge (conveyed in rapid-fire and sometimes impenetrable brogue), for his ready wit (no doubt passed on by his ancestor Richard Brinsley Sheridan), for the help he generously gave those needing guidance, and perhaps above all for his deep faith, which was at once both uncomplicated and intellectual. Early in his priesthood he unstintingly helped newly arrived immigrants from Ireland. After his retirement from classics, he continued to teach Irish language courses in the Celtic Studies program of St. Michael's College.

  • Sources:

    Archives, St. Michael's Coll.; St. Michael's Bulletin (Jan.-Feb. 1987); The Irish News (Feb. 1987).

  • Author: M. Owen Lee