A native of Saskatoon, Canada, Dr. Topping earned an MA in Philosophy from the University of Manitoba as well as an M.Phil. and a Doctorate in Theology from the University of Oxford. He held the Pope John XXIII Chair of Studies in Catholic Theology at St. Thomas University in Canada, and is Fellow at Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts in New Hampshire, where he also directs the college’s teacher internship program. Dr. Topping has published on a variety of Catholic themes and figures, from St. Augustine, to Dante, to G.K. Chesterton in academic and popular journals. He has published several books on Catholic culture and education, including Rebuilding Catholic Culture: How the Catechism Can Shape our Common Life (Sophia Institute, 2012), The Elements of Rhetoric (Angelico Press, 2016) and Renewing the Mind: A Reader in the Philosophy of Catholic Education (Catholic University of America Press, 2015). His forthcoming books are titled The Gift of the Church: How Catholicism Transformed the History, Literature, Art and Soul of the West and Christmas Around the Fire: Poems, Stories, and Lessons for the Season of Christ’s Birth (both with St. Benedict’s Press). Dr. Topping and his wife have eight children.
As of 2018 he will assume a new position as Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta.