Rector’s Message

Welcome to St. Augustine's Seminary of Toronto!

Fr. Edwin Gonsalves, Rector

St. Augustine's Seminary begins its 107th year of formation of men for the priesthood and permanent diaconate. Various formation programs are also available for lay men and women who seek a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith.

This year’s theme especially focuses on the Holy Spirit who is the principal agent of formation. He is the Counselor, Advocate, Paraclete and the one who leads and guides us. The Spirit of truth leads us in forming minds and hearts to learn the beauty of our Catholic faith and share it with the people we serve. The Spirit of wisdom and understanding provides the necessary arguments to engage with the modern world.

St. Augustine's Seminary is authorized by the Holy See's Congregation of Catholic Education to confer the Baccalaureate of Sacred Theology. We are among the founding members of the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto and are proud to continue our commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence in theological studies within a context of ecumenical dialogue.

In 1913, Mr. Eugene O’Keefe donated generously towards the building and establishment of the Seminary. Today St Augustine's Seminary continues to enjoy the prayerful and generous financial support of the people of Archdiocese of Toronto, alumni, lay organizations like the Knights of Columbus, Serra Club and the Catholic women’s league. The prayers and financial contributions assist us greatly in being able to continue our mission. For the past three summers, thanks to the generosity of all our benefactors in the Archdiocese of Toronto and beyond, we have been able to upgrade our facilities with en-suite rooms, air conditioned chapel, dining room, and meeting rooms. These needed improvements will now allow us to host many events during the summer.

St. Augustine's Seminary is committed to a high quality of authentic Catholic education and making a difference in the life of our students. The bulletin offers the various programs of study made available here in the Seminary and we hope that it will assist you along your faith journey.

The goal of Catholic education is to see the truth more clearly. Our professors are faithful to the teaching Magisterium of the Church and are committed to the students’ positive learning experience. I invite you to use this bulletin to discover the many faith-filled opportunities offered here at St. Augustine's Seminary. Join us as we seek a deep friendship with Christ, the Church and emerge as bold witnesses in a post-modern world; and may “the Holy Spirit - that is in us, that accompanies us, that transforms us, be triumphant within us”. – Pope Francis


Fr. Edwin Gonsalves,
Interim-President & Rector 
St. Augustine's Seminary of Toronto

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