Accreditation

ST. AUGUSTINE'S SEMINARY ACT, 1983

 

St. Augustine's Seminary of Toronto which has been in existence since 1913, was incorporated in 1983 by an Act of the Provincial Legislature of Ontario to which royal assent was given on June 21st of that year. By virtue of this Act, St. Augustine's Seminary has the power to grant its own degrees in theology, including honorary degrees.

 

ST. AUGUSTINE'S AND THE CONGREGATION OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION, 1996

 

In July 1996, St. Augustine's Seminary was established by the Holy See through its Congregation of Catholic Education as an autonomous Theological Institute with the special faculty to grant the academic degree of the Baccalaureate of Sacred Theology [S.T.B.]. By this faculty, St. Augustine's Seminary's mission is greatly enhanced in priestly preparation and the overall academic Program. The Statutes were approved in 1996, 2002, and again in 2008 for a period of ten years.

 

ST. AUGUSTINE'S AND THE TORONTO SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY (T.S.T.)

 

St. Augustine's Seminary is a founding and charter member of the Toronto School of Theology (T.S.T.), a consortium of seven theological colleges and faculties providing both Masters and Doctoral Degree Programs, established in 1969.

 

The seven colleges are Knox (Presbyterian), Emmanuel (United Church), Trinity and Wycliffe (both Anglican), and the three Roman Catholic members: Regis, St. Michael's and St. Augustine's. Through the T.S.T., the member colleges co-operate effectively in sharing resources and facilities. A rich variety of resources from different theological traditions is made available to students in a manner that respects the identity and integrity of each tradition. Classes are held in the member colleges on the campus of the University of Toronto.  The colleges share a common academic timetable and all members of the T.S.T. have access to the library facilities of the colleges and to those of the University of Toronto.

 

Due to their specific responsibility to the Roman Catholic Church, the Roman Catholic colleges co-operate in a special manner in the Theological Department (Systematics and Ethics) to ensure that course offerings in these areas fulfil the requirements established by the Holy See and the Canadian Bishops. Thus, students of St. Augustine's take courses offered in the Theological Department only in the Roman Catholic colleges while they may avail themselves of the rich array of offerings in the whole T.S.T. through the Biblical, Historical and Pastoral Departments.

 

ST. AUGUSTINE'S AND THE ASSOCIATION OF THEOLOGICAL SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA [A.T.S.]

 

In 1980 St. Augustine's Seminary received full accredited membership in the Association of Theological Schools. St. Augustine's was the first diocesan Seminary in Canada to receive this recognition of its academic calibre and spiritual resources.

 

St. Augustine's is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the following degrees are approved: Master of Divinity [M.Div.], Master of Religious Education [M.R.E.] and Master of Theological Studies [M.T.S.]. St. Augustine's also has approval for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program.

 

The Commission contact information is:

The   Commission   on   Accrediting   of   the   Association  
of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada

10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275 USA

Telephone: 412-788-6505, Fax: 412-788-6510

Website: www.ats.edu

 

ST. AUGUSTINE'S AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

 

In 1978, the then federation of the Toronto School of Theology entered into an agreement with the University of Toronto in order to foster academic excellence and improve the resources available for theological education in Ontario. In the renewed agreements of July 1, 1983, July 1, 1989, July 1, 2001, July 1, 2004 and July 1, 2014, St. Augustine's Seminary, along with the other members of the consortium, agreed to grant degrees in theology conjointly with the University of Toronto.

 

Enrolment at St. Augustine's Seminary is open to all persons, whether seminarians or laity, who have met the admissions requirements including support and testimony of their Ordinary or his delegate in the case of seminarians or from a priest for all other cases through a Letter of Recommendation. Categories of enrolment include Ordinary (enrolled in the degree programme), Extraordinary (enrolled in courses for credit but not in the degree programme) and Auditor. Regulations for admission are set out in the Admission Policy of the Seminary.

For admission to S.T.B./M.Div. studies there is a requirement of an undergraduate degree, including a minimum of the Vatican required courses in Philosophy that are one-semester each. These disciplines are: History of Western Philosophy, Scholasticism, Metaphysics (Philosophy of Being and Natural Theology), Philosophy of Religion (Nature), Philosophical Anthropology (Philosophy of Man), Moral Philosophy, Critical Thinking (Logic) and Philosophy of Knowledge (Epistemology), without exception. Co-Curricular seminars include Political Philosophy and Philosophical Aesthetics. The minimal acceptable grade for Philosophy courses that are to be counted towards the above Philosophy requirement is normally a 60% equivalent.

 

Those lacking three or fewer courses of the completed Philosophy requirements may simultaneously take courses in this area early in their theological studies. The Admissions Committee normally requires that a full load of theological courses be postponed until the philosophical requirements have been met. 

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