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The Seminary of Edmonton

St. Joseph Seminary of Edmonton

St. Joseph Seminary
9828 - 84 Street NW 

Edmonton, Alberta, T6A 0B2

Contact: Fr. Stephen Hero, Rector
Ph.: (780) 392-2445, ext. 6222
Fax: (780) 461-3858
Email: seminary.edmonton@sulpc.org
Website: www.stjoseph-seminary.com

In 1927, His Excellency Henry Joseph O'Leary, Archbishop of Edmonton, opened the St. Joseph Seminary, which then hosted 26 seminarians in the building that previously housed the Scholasticate of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The Seminary moved in 1957 to a building on St. Albert Trail (currently Mark Messier Trail).

In 1990, the Canadian Province of the Priests of Saint Sulpice accepted the direction of the seminary and appointed as its first Rector Fr. Lionel Gendron, PSS, presently the Bishop of the Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil. He was succeeded by Fr. Marc Ouellet, PSS (1994), presently Cardinal-Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Fr. Jean Papen (1997), Fr. Luc Bouchard (2000), presently Bishop of St. Paul, Fr. Louis-Paul Gauvreau, PSS (2002), Fr. Lionel Gendron, PSS (2003) and Fr. Kevin Beach (2004). The current rector, Fr. Shayne Craig, PSS, directs the community since 2005 and is assisted by 3 Sulpicians and 2 diocesan priests.

In partnership with the Seminary since 1969, the Newman Theological College offers courses in theology and grants academic degrees. The comprehensive formation covers at least a period of five years: two years of formation and of theology at the Seminary, followed by a full year of pastoral internship, then a return to the seminary for a 3rd and 4th year. One can make preliminary studies in philosophy before entering theology either at the Newman Theological College by following two years of courses in philosophy, or at the Concordia University College by completing a B.A. in philosophy. Admission to the program of theology requires a previous university diploma.


The initiation to the ministry is carried out in three stages:
  • a first insertion in a pastoral environment parallel with studies: under the supervision of a qualified person, one lives an experience in a pastoral setting. A seminar of one semester completes this experience of integration through a theological reflection;
  • after the second year of theology, one full year of pastoral internship in the diocese of origin under the supervision of the local pastor;
  • during the third and fourth year of the seminary, an appointment to a parish on weekends. With the help of the pastor and of the director of pastoral formation, this stage is accompanied by a theological reflection and by learning different ways of living and of exercising the priestly ministry.
Since 1990, the number of seminarians has increased from 20 to 47. Currently there are  42 students in philosophy and in theology and 5 in pastoral year in their diocese.


The new
                building of St. Joseph Seminary

The new building
of St. Joseph Seminary.

A road development project of the City of Edmonton has compelled the community of the Seminary to abandon the building that housed it since 1957. The new building, under construction since 2008, is located near the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Edmonton. The community has moved into this new space in the end of summer of 2010.

ed @ Peter Krasuski Source http://www.sulpc.org/ed/sulpc_sem_edmonton_en.html

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