St. Philip's Seminary

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St. Philip's Seminary - The Oratory of St. Philip Neri
Motto Domus Mea Domus Orationis
Established 1984
Type Diocesan Seminary
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Rector Very Rev. Jonathan Robinson, Superior of the Oratory
Dean Fr. Paul Pearson, Cong. Orat.
Academic staff
Location Toronto, ON, Canada
Campus Urban
Colours Blue      and White     
Affiliations Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Parkdale, St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church (Toronto)

Saint Philip’s Seminary is an apostolate of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. It has been authorized to grant degrees by the province of Ontario. It accepts students for the priesthood who are sponsored by their diocese or by their religious order.[1]


The Philosophy Division of Saint Philip’s Seminary was founded in 1986. Gerald Emmett Cardinal Carter requested to provide a place for the philosophical preparation of seminarians for the Archdiocese of Toronto, especially those in residence at Serra House, the archdiocesan house of discernment. In the fall of 1988, a residential program providing intellectual training, spiritual and personal formation was made available to seminarians from Dioceses and Religious Communities. In 2007, a three-year course of studies with an expanded set of degrees was provided at the request of the Archdiocese of Toronto and St. Augustine's Seminary. The Congregation for Education in January 2011 instituted the three-year course of philosophical studies as the norm for seminarians.[2]


  • Seminarians need a program of philosophy of a high intellectual calibre, explicitly directed towards the subsequent study of theology;
  • Seminarians need a program of formation focussing upon the development of a clear understanding of and a deep love for the priestly vocation.[2]


The seminary has trained men for Roman Catholic priesthood and provided continuing education courses for adults in matters relating to the Roman Catholic faith since its inception. However, the Ontario legislature officially recognized the seminary as a degree-granting institution through the passage "An Act respecting The Oratory of Saint Philip Neri, 1990".[3]

Academic Programs

  • Bachelor of Catholic Thought (2 years)
  • Bachelor of Thomistic Thought (3 or 4 years)
  • Master of Theology (3 years)


  1. "Saint Philip's Seminary: Mission". Retrieved 25 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Seminary Catalogue, St. Philip's Seminary website, retrieved July 25, 2014
  3. Enabling Legislation, An Act respecting The Oratory of Saint Philip Neri, 1990, retrieved July 25, 2014

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