A New Vision for Catholic Theological Education
Fratelli tutti, the latest encyclical from Pope Francis, is inspiring discussions between the University of St. Michael’s College and Regis College on how an alliance between the two schools could offer enhanced theological education in service to students, the Church, and the world.
In Fall 2020, representatives of the Governing Council of Regis College, and the Collegium of the University of St. Michael’s College, met to explore a mutual desire to renew long-standing discussions regarding a closer institutional relationship between the two Catholic institutions. The meetings led to the establishment of a Steering Committee to oversee, on behalf of the two governing bodies, the formulation of an alliance between Regis and St. Michael’s.
The work of the Regis-USMC Steering Committee, its sub-committees, and the deliberations of the respective governing bodies, will be guided by the following shared principles.
- The commitment to forge a world-class centre of excellence in Catholic theological study whose mission is to promote teaching, research, and formation to serve the needs of the Church and society, here in Canada and globally;
- The commitment to consult all stakeholders (including the administration, the faculty, staff, students and alumni/ae, of each institution, as well as the sponsoring religious orders/ congregations). The continuation and cultivation of a cordial relationship with the Archdiocese, while keeping the Cardinal informed of plans and on-going developments;
- The commitment to orient governance of Regis and St. Michael’s to a deepening union for the sake of enhancement of their mission.
Progress Report from the Steering Committee (April 23, 2021)
The Steering Committee has received all sub-committee reports. The reports represent an enormous amount of hard work, and have contributed to significant progress toward our objectives. The Steering Committee has struck a drafting committee to prepare a report that will be presented to both the St. Michael’s College Collegium and the Regis College Governing Council in mid-June 2021.
About Regis College
Regis College is the Jesuit Faculty of Theology at the University of Toronto and one of North America’s Roman Catholic ecclesiastical faculties.
About the University of St. Michael’s College
The University of St. Michael’s College is a Catholic institution of higher learning that is federated with the University of Toronto, one of the world’s leading research universities.
About the Alliance
On September 25, 2020, representatives from Regis College and the University of St. Michael’s met for a preliminary conversation about a closer relationship.
The Steering Committee established five sub-committees to explore the potential forms of a Regis & St. Michael’s future alliance.