Regis College, Toronto

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Regis College, Toronto
Regis College, University of Toronto.JPG
Queens Park entrance
Latin: Collegium Christi Regis
Motto Ad maiorem Dei gloriam
Motto in English For the greater glory of God
Established 1930
Type Federated theological college
Religious affiliation Society of Jesus
Chancellor J. Peter Bisson, S.J.
President John Costello, S.J.
Rector Con Mulvihill, S.J.
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Campus Urban
Affiliations TST, ATS
Symbol of Christ the King

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 began as the Jesuit philosophy college on Wellington Street in downtown Toronto in September 1930.[1] 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. In 1956 Regis College was accredited as a pontifical faculty (a status it retains) by becoming the School of Theology of St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and thus became able to offer ecclesiastical degrees in theology.[2]

Bayview Avenue site[edit]

In 1961, the college moved to a new site on Bayview Avenue in Willowdale, Toronto. There, it taught exclusively theology. The 40 acre site, was offered to the Jesuits as a location for the college by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1958.[1][3]

In 1969, Regis College was one of the founding colleges of the Toronto School of Theology. Within its own federation, the University of Toronto granted all but the theology or divinity degrees.

In 1970, the college joined the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Membership of the association in 1980, 2001 and 2011.[2]

St. Mary Street site[edit]

In 1976, the college moved to St. Mary Street in Downtown Toronto, close to its present site.[3] The Bayview site was sold to Ontario Bible College, which became the Tyndale University College and Seminary in 2003. That year, it admitted its first non-Jesuit students.[2] Since 1978, by virtue of a change made in its charter, the University of Toronto has granted theology degrees conjointly with Regis College.[4] Regis College became a federated college of the University of Toronto. This arrangement was renewed for a further ten years in 2004.[2]

Present location[edit]

In August 2008, Regis College agreed to move to Christie House, on the corner of Wellesley Street and Queen's Park. It was formerly a female residence building for St. Michael's College administered by the Sisters of St. Joseph who ran St. Joseph's College School next door. The University of Toronto bought the site from the Sisters of St. Joseph and leases it to the college. Construction started to make the house suitable for the college in time for the start of the academic year in September 2009. As part of the leasing agreement with the university, the half of the building closest to the school was converted so that it could be used by the university's Faculty of Music.[5]

The building is located opposite the Parliament of Ontario. It is to the south of St. Michael's College and is next to buildings that previously housed the offices of Marshall McLuhan. The building itself 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.[6]


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.

Regis College confers three major types of theological degrees: Basic Degree Programmes, Advanced Degree Programmes and Ecclesiastical Degrees.

Advanced Degree Programmes

Conjoint Basic Degree Programmes

Ecclesiastical Degrees

Faculty and alumni[edit]



  1. ^ a b History of the College from Regis College, retrieved 23 April 2014
  2. ^ a b c d History of Regis College from Regis College retrieved 27 April 2014
  3. ^ a b Chronology from Jesuits in Canada, retrieved 23 April 2014
  4. ^ University of Toronto from The Canadian Encyclopedia, retrieved 23 April 2014
  5. ^ Press Release from Regis College, retrieved 23 April 2014
  6. ^ Ghosts of Campus Past from The Varsity retrieved 24 April 2014
  7. ^ Appointments from, accessed 5 May 2013


  • 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)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°39′50″N 79°23′25″W / 43.6640°N 79.3902°W / 43.6640; -79.3902