Regis College, Toronto
|Regis College, Toronto|
|Latin: Collegium Christi Regis|
|Motto||Ad maiorem Dei gloriam|
|Motto in English||For the greater glory of God|
|Type||Federated theological college|
|Religious affiliation||Society of Jesus|
|Chancellor||J. Peter Bisson, S.J.|
|President||John Costello, S.J.|
|Rector||Robert Foliot, S.J.|
|Location||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
Regis College is a theological college of the University of Toronto, founded in 1930 and affiliated with the Society of Jesus. It is an entirely postgraduate college and a member institution of the Toronto School of Theology.
Regis College had its genesis as the Jesuit seminary in downtown Toronto in 1930. It then offered philosophy programmes to Jesuit scholastics preparing for priesthood. It was in 1943 that the programme of offerings was expanded to include theology. In 1954 the Jesuit seminary was formally named Collegium Christi Regis, The College of Christ the King; then, in 1956 Regis College was accredited as a pontifical faculty (a status it retains) and thus became able to offer ecclesiastical degrees in theology.
In 1969, Regis College was one of the founding colleges of the Toronto School of Theology. Within its own federation, University of Toronto granted all but theology or divinity degrees. Since 1978, by virtue of a change made in its charter, the University of Toronto has granted theology degrees conjointly with Regis College.
In the traditions of Jesuit spirituality, scholarship and service, Regis College promotes an integrated spirituality that emphasizes justice, critical dialogue and academic pursuits. As per all Jesuit institutions, it remains grounded in the concept of ad maiorem Dei gloriam, for the greater glory of God.
The building was the former home of William Mellis Christie and after his death it was the residence of his son Robert Jaffrey. Robert Jaffrey had a secret room built in the house so his mistress could secretly live with him and his family. The mistress killed herself in this secret room, and is said to haunt the college.
Regis College confers three major types of theological degrees: Basic Degree Programmes, Advanced Degree Programmes and Ecclesiastical Degrees.
Advanced Degree Programmes
- Master of Arts in Theology (M.A.)
- Combined Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Theology (M.Div./M.A.)
- Master of Theology (Th.M.)
- Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (Ph.D.)
- Doctor of Theology (Th.D.)
Conjoint Basic Degree Programmes
- Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.)
- Licentiate of Sacred Theology (S.T.L.)
- Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.)
Faculty and alumni
- Bernard Lonergan, SJ (1904–1984), philosopher, theologian, and economist
- Frederick Crowe, SJ, philosopher and theologian
- Robert M. Doran, SJ, philosopher and theologian
- Mary Jo Leddy, CM, writer, activist and social critic
- John Navone, SJ, theologian, author, educator, Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome
- Gill Goulding, CJ, Associate Professor of systematic theology and spirituality; papally-appointed Expert for the October 2012 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization
- Martin L. Friedland 'The University of Toronto: A History' (Toronto: University of Toronto Press © 2002)
- Robin Harris 'A History of University of Toronto' (Toronto: University of Toronto Press © 1970)
- Professor Brian McKillop, 'Matters of Mind: The University in Ontario, 1791-1951' (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press ©1951)
- Regis College, University of Toronto
- Lonergan Research Institute, Regis College
- Toronto School of Theology, Toronto
- Robert M. Doran's Website
- The Little Red Umbrella News Story