St. Augustine's Seminary
|St. Augustine's Seminary|
|Motto||Solis Instar, Sola Regnet Caritas|
|Motto in English||May Love, Like the Sun, Reign Alone1|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic Church|
|Rector||A. Robert Nusca|
|Academic staff||11 full-time, 4 part-time and 26 adjunct|
|Location||Scarborough, Ontario, Canada|
|Colours||Burgundy and white|
St. Augustine's Seminary is the archdiocesan seminary of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto, and is located by the shore of Lake Ontario in Scarborough. The seminary is a member of the Toronto School of Theology.
St. Augustine's Seminary was established in 1913 to train diocesan priests. The entire funding for the building of the seminary was donated by Eugene O'Keefe, the wealthy Toronto brewer and philanthropist, though O'Keefe died months before its completion. The Beaux-Arts architecture structure is topped off with a copper clad dome. The architect was Arthur W. Holmes who designed numerous buildings in Toronto, such as St. Patrick's Church, Holy Name Church as well as St. Michael's College, part of the University of Toronto. He modelled the college chapel on the refectory of Queen's College, Oxford.2
In 1969 the Toronto School of Theology was created as an independent federation of 7 schools of theology, including the divinity faculties of St. Augustine's Seminary. Within its own federation, University of Toronto granted all but theology or divinity degrees. Since 1978, by virtue of a change made in its charter, the university has granted theology degrees conjointly with St. Augustine's Seminary and other Toronto School of Theology member institutions.3
Its nearby building for the seminary was unused. The space is currently used by Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School, whose doors opened in 1973.
St. Augustine's Seminary is the Major Seminary of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto. It also welcomes candidates from elsewhere. Although the main goal is the preparation of candidates for ordained priesthood in the Catholic Church the seminary also prepares men and women aspiring to other ministries in the Church.
St. Augustine Seminary and Institute of Theology offer the following programs which combine spiritual formation, theological education and field training:
- Pontifical Baccalaureate of Sacred Theology (STB) and Master of Divinity (MDiv)
- Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
- Master of Religious Education (MRE)
- Diploma programs in Theological Studies and Diploma in Lay Ministry
- Philosophy program
St. Augustine Seminary provides residence for candidates to the priesthood. Other students live in off-campus housing.
A list of notables buried at St. Augustine:
- Fergus Patrick McEvay, Archbishop of Toronto
- Neil McNeil, Archbishop of Toronto
- James Charles McGuigan, Archbishop of Toronto
- John Edward McCarthy, S.F.M
- "St. Augustine's Seminary". Canadian Heraldic Authority. Retrieved 2012-04-30.
- Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada 1800-1950 retrieved 4 February 2014
- University of Toronto