History and Overview of the Faculty
The Faculty of Theology is an academic community of faith and learning which is committed to the scholarly exploration of contemporary issues associated with social justice, ecumenism, ecological issues and globalism in theology examined through the lens of Vatican II. The Faculty carries out its mission in the context of its vision statement, Faithful and Creative Theology, Today and Tomorrow.
On behalf of the members of the Faculty of Theology, I extend a cordial invitation to you to consider meeting personal, professional or academic goals through theological study in a rich and diverse setting which includes all of the member Colleges of the Toronto School of Theology and the University of Toronto.
In the heart of the city, at the crossroads of diversity, the community that is the University of St. Michael’s College Faculty of Theology provides an opportunity and a setting for study and prayer and interaction with others who are open to sharing their faith, learning, questions and ministry as together you continue to explore the academic dimensions of your faith.
Professor Anne Anderson, c.s.j.
President & Vice-Chancellor
In 1978, St. Michael’s College entered into a contractual relationship with the University of Toronto whereby most degrees given within the Toronto School of Theology are conjointly conferred by the individual member colleges and the University of Toronto. As of 1 May 1979, the Faculty of Theology assumed governing responsibility for the Master of Arts (MA in Theology) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD in Theology) programs formerly conducted by the Institute of Christian Thought.
It is also a founding member of the Toronto School of Theology (TST), accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). The Faculty of Theology is a Graduate Division of the University of St. Michael’s College, the Roman Catholic University federated within the University of Toronto. Our identity is explicitly Christian and Catholic, rooted in the heritage of the Congregation of St. Basil.
We are a Faculty engaged in the exploration and proclamation of the mystery of God in contemporary culture. Our mission of teaching, service, research, and publication is accomplished in two spheres. First, within St. Michael’s and the wider Toronto School of Theology community, we are committed to excellence in our programs. Second, and more broadly, the Faculty serves four communities: the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, the academy, the Church, and society.
The Faculty of Theology also reflects the diversity of the Church and Canadian society. Faithful to the Second Vatican Council, we nourished by approaches emerging from our globalized context, including, ecumenical, liberationist, feminist, ecological and interreligious concerns.
The Faculty strives to be a centre of excellence in theological studies and ministerial leadership for the renewal of the Church and the transformation of the world. We are committed to create a community of hospitality, equality, collegiality, and justice for all. The future of the Faculty is shaped by our discernment of the evolving character and needs of the Church.
ATS Accreditation Status
The Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:
MDiv, MRE, MA in Catholic Leadership, MA (Theology), MTS, DMin, ThM, PhD, ThD
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