Rector’s Message

Fr. Edwin Gonsalves, RectorThe Sermon on the Mount offers us a template of the Christian life as well as summarizes our responsibilities to God and neighbour. On the beautiful plains of the Mount of the Beatitudes, the disciples listened intently to Jesus, who spoke with authority and conviction.

On this our 104th year, we at St. Augustine’s Seminary are filled with joyful anticipation as we faithfully transmit the teachings of Christ and the Church, in order to form disciples who will teach and defend the faith effectively.

Our primary mission is the formation and education of men to the Diocesan Priesthood for the Roman Catholic Church in English-speaking Canada. We also offer programs of study for the formation of candidates to the Permanent Diaconate. Serving the Church as a whole, we also provide various accredited graduate and diploma programs for lay men and women to help transform them into dedicated servants and faithful leaders in the Church.

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.

Called to have the mind and heart of Christ, we invite you to walk the 'plains' of St. Augustine's Seminary and discover how best to live out your God-given vocation. We trust that the Holy Spirit will inspire and teach you to live the life of the Beatitudes, through the guidance of our various study programs. May your journey of deeper union with Christ and the Church start with us.

To you whom God calls blessed….Welcome.

Fr. Edwin Gonsalves,
St. Augustine's Seminary