An Update on the Alliance
March 16, 2021
Dear Members of the St. Michael’s and Regis Communities:
We are writing to update you on the progress we have made in ongoing talks regarding a possible alliance between our two theological schools.
Each meeting of our committee shines a light on the benefits of a formal alliance—for students, for St. Michael’s and Regis, and for the Church.
A word about the enthusiasm and energy of the participants:
- Participants are fully engaged with the challenge of how best to build a new centre for Catholic theological excellence in Canada.
- Committee work is now focused on how the two institutions can accomplish a partnership rather than whether it can/will happen.
- Efforts are now moving from the aspirational to the practical.
- We remain committed to being as transparent and accessible as possible.
An update on the process:
- Our subcommittees have been working actively and diligently to clarify both the goals and the practical issues involved.
- Subcommittees have been encouraged to be as bold and ambitious as possible within their mandates.
- Subcommittees have been consulting widely with the Regis and USMC communities.
- The Steering Committee has held meetings with the individual chairs of the subcommittees to review their work.
- A recent roundtable with the Steering Committee and subcommittee chairs heard progress reports, identified overlapping issues, and examined outstanding issues.
- The Steering Committee expects to receive subcommittee reports in the second half of March.
Some of the practical issues under examination:
- Various governance options to address a greater alignment of Regis and the USMC Faculty of Theology are being discussed.
- The advantages of a greater integration of the two schools’ theology degree programs are becoming apparent.
- The Finance Subcommittee is developing a plan to achieve financial sustainability within 3-5 years, working with a financial model to incorporate different scenarios related to the first two points.
- The Facilities & Campus Resource and Spiritual Formation & Community Life subcommittees have canvassed the Regis and the St. Michael’s communities for input.
- Once the subcommittee reports are received, the Steering Committee will seek to consolidate and clarify decisions on issues such as timing and implementation.
- The Steering Committee’s principal objective is to make a proposal with specific, concrete recommendations to the Regis and USMC governing bodies by the end of June, 2021.
Don McLeod, C.S.B., and Peter Warrian
Co-chairs, Regis-USMC Steering Committee