Spiritual Life: Campus Ministry

Spiritual Life: Campus Ministry

At the University of St. Michael’s College, faith, religion, and spirituality are valued and engaged not only in the classroom, but across many aspects of the life of St. Michael’s community. Embracing these human realities and reflecting on their meaning is at the core of the Catholic Intellectual tradition, of which St. Michael’s is a part.

St. Michael’s comprehensive Campus Ministry plays a pivotal role in helping students, faculty, and staff to integrate faith, religion, and spirituality into their lives and the life of the community. It is central to the mission of St. Michael’s as a Catholic University, and the renewal of the Campus Ministry program is a key element in the St. Mike’s 180 strategic plan. 

A group of students outside St. Basil's Church

USMC Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry at St. Michael’s supports the students, staff, and faculty in their individual and collective spiritual growth and well-being. While offering some distinctively Catholic programming, Campus Ministry at St. Mike’s welcomes and supports people from all religious traditions, and provides multi-faith opportunities for spiritual growth through prayer, fellowship, intellectual pursuits, and community service. 

St. Michael’s Campus Ministry program is currently being reviewed and revitalized by the Office of the President. President Sylvester has assembled an Advisory Committee to ascertain the needs of the St. Michael’s community.

Campus Ministry Advisory Committee 

  • Jean-Pierre Fortin, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, University of St. Michael’s College Faculty of Theology 
  • Ann Mathew, Intern, U of T Multi-Faith Centre 
  • Fr. Morgan Rice, CSB; Pastor, St. Basil’s Parish 
  • Greg Rupik, Executive Assistant to the President, University of St. Michael’s College
  • Emily VanBerkum, Dean, Loretto College 

Campus Ministry Revitalization Survey

In December of 2020, the Advisory Committee distributed a survey to almost 5,500 members of the St. Michael’s Community—students, faculty, and staff—to give community members from diverse cultural backgrounds and religious, spiritual, and philosophical traditions an opportunity to share information about themselves and their vision of what Campus Ministry at St. Michael’s could be. A report on the survey results is being developed by the Advisory Committee.  

Timeline

June 2020: Formation of the Campus Ministry Advisory Committee

July–August: Comprehensive Campus Ministry research, formulation of mission statement in light of St. Mike’s 180

September–November: Creation of Campus Ministry Revitalization Survey, with consultation from UofT’s Multi-Faith Centre and Assessment Services

December: Distribution of Campus Ministry Revitalization Survey

January 2021: Assessment of Survey Results

February–March: Production of Report to President Sylvester with recommendations for USMC’s comprehensive campus ministry.

For other spiritual resources and opportunities, please see below.

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Resources

St. Basil’s Parish
St. Basil’s is the Collegiate Roman Church of the University of St. Michael’s College, and a fully-functioning parish. St. Basil’s offers regular liturgies, access to the sacraments, and opportunities to grow in faith and to serve in liturgical ministries or charitable activities.

St. Michael’s Faculty of Theology
The Faculty of Theology is the graduate division of the University of St. Michael’s College, and offers both basic and advanced graduate degrees. Accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, the Faculty of Theology is committed to a theological enterprise that is interdisciplinary, ecumenical, and attuned to multi-faith and multicultural contexts. Weekly liturgies ground the Faculty of Theology’s community in common prayer and fellowship.

The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute, an autonomous unit of the St. Michael’s Faculty of Theology, specializes in Eastern Christian Studies, including the theology, spirituality, liturgy, history, and ecclesial polity of the Eastern Christian Churches, both Orthodox and Catholic. A central aspect of the Sheptytsky Institute’s life is its Byzantine Rite Chapel of Sts. Joachim and Anna. All are welcome to its regularly scheduled worship.

The Faculty of Theology also offers public lectures on cutting-edge theological research and contemporary issues, which are regularly advertised on the St. Michael’s news feed.

Multi-Faith Centre
The University of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre supports the well-being of everyone on U of T’s campus and provides opportunities for people to learn from each other through interfaith dialogue, arts, and social justice, respecting everyone’s right to worship. Check out their website for information on upcoming events and services.

The Newman Centre Catholic Chaplaincy and Parish
The Newman Centre offers Catholic programming to the wider University of Toronto community, including regular liturgies, discussion groups, and opportunities for service.

Ecumenical Chaplaincy
Ecumenical Chaplaincy is Christian chaplaincy ministry “rooted in the traditions of The Presbyterian Church in Canada and The United Church of Canada, for the community studying, working and living at the University of Toronto.”

Campus Chaplains Association
The Campus Chaplains Association is a network of UofT chaplains representing the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Humanist, Indigenous, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Sikh, and Unitarian Universalist traditions. While these chaplains represent various faith and ethical traditions on campus, and work with students of those traditions, they are also available to any students (from any tradition or none) who are looking for spiritual care, ethical or existential conversation, or emotional support.

The Office of Catholic Youth
The Office of Catholic Youth provides training and support for young adult Catholic faith formation, as well as events such as Theology on Tap.

Archdiocese of Toronto
The University of St. Michael’s College is part of the Archdiocese of Toronto, under the pastoral leadership of our Chancellor and Cardinal Archbishop Thomas Collins. The archdiocesan website houses helpful resources and information on events throughout Toronto.