About Us

As a faculty of theology in a Catholic university founded by the Basilian Fathers, we are committed to theological teaching and research that is interdisciplinary, ecumenical, and sensitive to multi-faith and multicultural contexts.

Dr. John L. McLaughlin
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Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the Faculty of Theology in the University of St Michael’s College. For more than 60 years we have been preparing men and women, lay and religious, to serve the Church and the world. Our reputation for forming students through faithful and rigorous scholarship grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition is internationally recognized.

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.

The faculty and students of the Faculty of Theology are leading scholars in the fields of Biblical Studies, Church History, and Contextual, Ethical, Pastoral and Systematic Theology. Their research and teaching is acknowledged well beyond Canada’s borders. The Faculty includes the Elliott Allen Institute for Theology & Ecology and the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies (MASI), both of which expand the learning and research opportunities in the Faculty.

An active Student Life Committee contributes to a welcoming, supportive and intellectually stimulating community. Our graduates are engaged in ministry, chaplaincy, teaching, research, and countless forms of service to society in Toronto and around the world, living out our aim of being a centre for faithful and creative theology, today and tomorrow.

Good theologians never practice their craft in isolation, and we are a founding member of the Toronto School of Theology, which comprises seven theology schools representing the Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and United Church of Canada traditions, as well as professors and students from other Christian traditions.

The TST’s ecumenical context is complemented by our larger University of St Michael’s College academic community and its federation with the University of Toronto, which entails access to one of the largest research libraries in North America. Last but not least, there is so much to discover and learn in the multi-faith and multicultural city of Toronto.

Once again, welcome to the Faculty of Theology!

John L. McLaughlin, PhD

Interim Dean, Faculty of Theology
Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

Mission

We seek to form students for service in Church and society through faithful and rigorous scholarship grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition.

Identity

We are a Faculty of Theology engaged in the exploration and proclamation of the mystery of God in contemporary culture.

We are a Faculty of Theology engaged in the exploration and proclamation of the mystery of God in contemporary culture.

Like the University of St. Michael’s College, our identity is explicitly Christian and Roman Catholic, rooted in the heritage of the Congregation of St. Basil and expanded through cooperation with the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Loretto.

We commit ourselves to the faithful and creative interpretation and articulation of the biblical, liturgical, theological, ethical, pastoral, historical, and cultural dimensions of our Catholic faith for the sake of the Church in the world of today.

We reflect our Catholic identity in our faculty, our programs, and our commitment to the formation of our students for service in the Church and society.

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Values

The Faculty of Theology reflects the diversity of the Church and Canadian society.

Like the University of St. Michael’s College, our identity is explicitly Christian and Roman Catholic, rooted in the heritage of the Congregation of St. Basil and expanded through cooperation with the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Loretto.

Faithful to the Second Vatican Council, we are nourished by approaches emerging from our globalized context, including ecumenical, liberationist, feminist, ecological, and interreligious concerns. In the spirit of our Basilian heritage, we are guided by the principles of goodness, discipline, and knowledge.

Our commitment to diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, race, and culture is reflected in our students, staff, and faculty.

We strive to create a community of hospitality, equality, collegiality, and justice for all that fosters the intellectual, moral and spiritual development of its members. Our communal life hinges upon the habits of study and worship.

The Faculty of Theology reflects the diversity of the Church and Canadian society.

The future of the Faculty is shaped by our discernment of the evolving character and needs of the Church. Like any faculty in higher education, we need constantly to reflect on who we are, and what forms and preserves our identity.

We share the common commitment of USMC to be Canada’s leading English-speaking Catholic university. To realize this general mission, however, means we must articulate a specific mission that reflects our Catholic heritage and identity, and one that provides a rationale for each professor, staff member and student to pursue their work.

History

Since 1955, the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College has been preparing men and women, lay and religious, to serve the Church and the world. Our reputation for forming students through faithful and rigorous scholarship grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition is internationally recognized.

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.

As the graduate division of the University of St. Michael’s College, a Roman Catholic university established by the Congregation of St. Basil and federated with the University of Toronto, we offer both basic and advanced graduate degrees.

A long tradition of excellence in both teaching and research ensures that St. Michael’s remains a leader in theological education.

Our students have access to a wealth of programs and services, from the resources of one of the largest research libraries in North America to an active Student Life Committee dedicated to creating a welcoming, supportive and intellectually stimulating community.

A long tradition of excellence in both teaching and research ensures that St. Michael’s remains a leader in theological education.

A founding member of the Toronto School of Theology, we are located in the heart of downtown Toronto, one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the world. Both here in Toronto and around the world, you will find our graduates engaged in ministry, chaplaincy, teaching, research and countless forms of service to society, offering daily testament to our mission to be a centre for faithful and creative theology, today and tomorrow.

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Accreditation

The University of St. Michael’s College Faculty of Theology is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.