St. Augustine's Seminary of Toronto

Personal Resources

As role models, the entire faculty, both lay members and priests, play an important part in the formational development of the candidates. The collaborative effort is divided according to gifts and responsibilities.
  • Priest-faculty members reside in the student residence and thereby provide presence and guidance.
  • Priest-faculty members serve as spiritual directors for the candidates, meeting regularly with the Director of Spiritual Formation for ongoing development of goals, approaches and methods of direction.
  • Priest-faculty members moderate the class year groups.

The Director of Spiritual Formation co-ordinates the overall program for the candidates, ensuring the students the availability of personal spiritual direction, the selection of themes appropriate to the formation needs of the class year groups, the invitation of guest speakers to address the seminary community, the arrangement of retreats and retreat directors, and the overall spiritual life of the seminary.

The Human Formation Counselor is a full-time member of the Formation Council responsible for promoting the human formation, growth, maturity and freedom of every candidate. This work begins with the co-ordination of the students' psychological assessments at the time of admissions and continues with the availability for individual counseling through the formation process as each seminarian may desire.

Other professional personnel are drawn upon for specialized aspects of the program, including professional psychologists and counselors outside of the seminary who are available for personal growth issues for individual students.


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