Rector’s Message

Welcome to St. Augustine's Seminary of Toronto!

St. Augustine’s Seminary is truly an amazing place. As we begin our 105th year in formation, we feel honoured and blessed to be of service to the Church in Canada and the Universal Church.

Fr. Edwin Gonsalves, RectorSt. Augustine’s is committed to a high quality of authentic Catholic education and making a difference in the life of our students. Our primary mission is the formation and education of men for the holy priesthood. The new ratio on priestly formation entitled “The Gift of Priestly Vocation” states that a seminarian must be prepared to “go out of himself” and serve God and the Church with joy and sacrifice. The human, spiritual, academic, and pastoral dimensions of formation at St. Augustine’s prepare the men to serve the Church joyfully and charitably in our post-modern world.

St. Augustine’s also forms men for the Permanent Diaconate for service in the Archdiocese of Toronto. The men and their spouses are prepared spiritually, intellectually, and pastorally to serve the needs of the Church such as parish ministry, visit the sick, prison ministry, and outreach to the poor. Through the Institute of Theology, we offer programs for lay men and women, who are preparing to serve the Church and in turn, help create vibrant parishes or school communities.

The goal of Catholic education is to see the truth more clearly. All of our intellectual programming and community activities have one purpose: to lead us to heaven. Our professors are faithful to the teaching Magisterium of the Church. During the next academic year, we will be reflecting on the parables of Jesus. The parables challenge us to think more deeply about our friendship with Jesus and how we can apply our deep spiritual discoveries and live them out in our faith journey. Here at St. Augustine's Seminary, our academic courses will help deepen our friendship with Jesus and love for the Church.

Our patron, St. Augustine, reminds us that we build “the city of God” by being a visible sign of God’s love, living a life of charity, and a life of virtue. As we live in a post-modern world, where the faith is constantly challenged, our students will be better prepared to be courageous witnesses and defenders of the Catholic faith.

Fr. Edwin Gonsalves,
St. Augustine's Seminary of Toronto
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