COVID-19 Response

The Impact Of The Pandemic On St. Augustine’s

Many people have been calling and writing us asking how St. Augustine’s Seminary has been impacted by the current global pandemic related to the Covid-19 virus. We thank you for your ongoing support and concern.

The pandemic has definitely had an impact on the day-to-day operations of the Seminary. 

  • The Ordinations for the Archdiocese of Toronto, originally scheduled for May 9, have been postponed until a yet-to-be-determined date in August.

  • The Permanent Diaconate Ordinations, which were to take place on May 23, have also been postponed until a later date.

  • St. Augustine’s closed its doors to the public in mid-March. Seminarians, students, faculty and staff were all well at the time, but the decision was made following public health guidelines.

  • Seminarians have gone home or to parishes nearby.

  • Staff were instructed to work from home.

  • Students and seminarians are completing their course studies and exams on-line using the University of Toronto’s on-line learning portal.

As the situation is changing rapidly, please check in with us about any upcoming events at the Seminary as dates may change.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers for St. Augustine’s Seminary. Know that we are keeping you and your family in our prayers. Please follow public health guidelines regarding Covid-19 and how best to protect yourself and others.

May our Lord, Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, and St. Augustine be with us and protect us. 

(March 31, 2020 rev.) 

Message from TST:

Announcements about Fall Semester Classes at Toronto School of Theology: Principles in effect until December 31, 2020.

We have received many questions from students and prospective students about Fall classes. It will be several weeks before the University of Toronto announces plans for Fall; however, TST is in regular conversation with the University and understands itself to be consistent with the U of T’s goals by announcing the following:

  • Our primary organizing principle will be providing access to classes and extra-curricular responsibilities that allow students to make progress with their degrees and to engage with their fellow student and college communities in this exceptional time of pandemic and its aftermath.
     

    In light of this we are actively planning for the following:

  • To provide for Fall 2020 remote access to all classes, except practicums, and to communicate decisions about the scope of remote access for future academic terms in consultation with the University of Toronto and public health directives.
  • To work with students, including those who anticipate health care-based practicums, to fulfill curricular requirements in appropriate ways.
  • To work with international students who have met admission requirements but do not have a visa and/or study permit in hand, or who cannot travel to Toronto, to begin classes through remote access.
  • To work with our librarians to make research access available. 

Students should stay in touch with their faculty advisors and administrators when they need more information.

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