History and Mission



St. Augustine's Seminary was established in 1913 as one of the first major Seminaries established in English-speaking Canada for the training of diocesan priests. From the time it was founded, the Seminary has been a renewing source of study and reflection enabling men of faith to mature both in knowledge and commitment.


The specific apostolate of St. Augustine's is the preparation of candidates for ordained priesthood in the Catholic Church. The Program of priestly formation is guided by the official documents of the Roman Catholic Church: particularly by Vatican II's Decree on Priestly Formation, the Basic Norms for Priestly Formation of the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, The Program of Priestly Formation of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Apostolic Constitution Sapientia Christiana of Pope John Paul II and Pastores Dabo Vobis, the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II, Ratio Fundamentalis Gift of Priestly Vocation and the Apostolic Constitution Veritatis Gaudium of Pope Francis, as well as the pertinent canons of the Code of Canon Law, and the various guidelines of ecclesiastical authorities.



St. Augustine's Seminary is the Major Seminary of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto. It also welcomes candidates from elsewhere. Its primary purpose is the preparation of candidates for ordained priesthood in the Catholic Church. This preparation for diocesan ministerial leadership embraces and promotes spiritual and human formation, theological education and field training. The Seminary is also mandated to form men and women aspiring to other ministries in the Church.


The Seminary pursues its calling to form candidates as responsible and apostolic persons for the service of the Church and world by fostering:

  • faithful love for Jesus Christ, his Church and all people
  • commitment to hand on faithfully the tradition, teachings and history of the Church
  • commitment to the exploration of the mysteries of faith through sustained scriptural and theological inquiry
  • communal life through sharing faith, prayer and wisdom.

The Seminary's mission is undertaken in the context of committed ecumenical engagement as a founding member of the Toronto School of Theology, affiliated with the University of Toronto.

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