St. Joseph's College, Edmonton

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St. Joseph's College
The coat of St. Joseph's College
Motto Quaecumque Vera Doce Me
(Teach Me Whatsoever Things Are True)
Type Public / Catholic
Established 1926
President Rev. Terry Kersch, C.S.B.
Administrative staff
19 (academic),
14 (administrative)[1]
Location 11325 89 Avenue NW
, Alberta, Canada
T6G 2J5
Campus Urban
Type Affiliated college of the University of Alberta
Website St. Joseph's College
St. Joseph's College on the north campus of the University of Alberta.
Chapel of St. Joseph's College.

St. Joseph's College is a Catholic, undergraduate, liberal arts college on the University of Alberta campus. It also serves as a residence and place of worship. It is affiliated with the University of Alberta and the Archdiocese of Edmonton, and is currently operated by the Basilian Fathers. Its courses, residences, and campus ministry services are open to all University of Alberta students, and all of its courses are 3-credit University of Alberta Arts electives. 

St. Joseph’s College is committed to engaging with and promoting the Church’s traditional openness to exploring the unity of Faith and Reason. Its academic programs are supported and enhanced by a worshipping community, campus ministry programs, and residences for both male and female students. An inclusive community open to all, the College strives to contribute to the building of a world in which the common good of all is of paramount importance.[2]


St. Joseph’s College courses are all 3-credit University of Alberta Arts electives. Additionally, it offers a B.A. Minor in Christian Theology, as well as a Certificate in Catholic Education. The College’s course topics include Christianity & Culture, History, Ethics, Religious Education, Scripture, Theology, Philosophy, and Experiential Learning, including International Service Learning courses that involve service trips to Guatemala, Colombia, and Bethlehem.


St. Joseph’s College has both men’s and a women’s residences that are open to all University of Alberta students, regardless of their cultural, spiritual, or academic backgrounds.

The men’s residence, founded in 1926, accommodates 63 students, and offers private, fully furnished bedrooms, a full meal plan at the College’s cafeteria, and common study areas. Known for being a unique and close-knit community, the St. Joe’s Rangers participate actively in the University of Alberta campus intramural programs and have a long history of winning championship titles. Notable residents include former Prime Minister of CanadaJoe Clark.

The St. Joseph’s College Women’s Residence was founded in 2006. Called Kateri House, after the First Nations Catholic Saint, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the residence recently expanded to accommodate 284 female students. Its building has 24 hour security, fully furnished 1, 2 & 4 bedroom suites, an optional lunch meal plan shared with the men's residence and common study areas. The Kateri Islanders also participate in the University of Alberta campus intramurals.

Campus Ministry[edit]

The St. Joseph’s College Campus Ministry program aims to care for students’ spiritual and emotional health. It offers community-building activities, ecumenical & interfaith events, retreats, spiritual & pastoral counselling, and numerous volunteer opportunities. Its mentorship program pairs first-year students with older student mentors who support them throughout their transition into university life. St. Joseph’s College Campus Ministry also hosts the University of Alberta’s Catholic Students Association, a student-run Catholic group that strives to foster a community that is supportive, active, and welcoming to all.


The St. Joseph’s College Chapel provides mass on both Sundays and weekdays. Its Sunday masses include a thriving children’s liturgy program and music ministry. It offers the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesdays from 11:30-12:00, or by appointment.


  1. ^ "Staff". St. Joseph's College. 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-09-14. Retrieved 2006-12-20. 
  2. ^ "St. Joseph's College Identity and Mission" (PDF). 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 

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Coordinates: 53°31′28″N 113°31′29″W / 53.524473°N 113.524652°W / 53.524473; -113.524652