Established in 1960, St. Francis Seminary is the educational arm of the Community Catholic Church of Canada, offering pastoral training and formation for candidates seeking holy orders.
For residents of Ontario, St. Francis is also pleased to offer the Lay Pastoral Training program, preparing chaplains for community ministry including officiating at weddings.
St. Francis also offers many courses of interest for the general public presented by CCC clergy.
The call to ministry can be a challenging road for many. For some, university costs are prohibitive. Some have come to the understanding of their vocation later in life and feel it may be too late. For others, their faith community will not offer ordination because of their gender or sexual orientation.
Many wonderful, gifted people who have felt a call to serve Christ as Priest or Deacon have experienced the denial of their ministry and have settled for other helper roles in the church and community. We can help. If you have an earnest desire to serve the people of God, we will train and support you in your ministry.
The Community Catholic Church of Canada offers a spiritual home to those who, like the disciples, have heard Christ's invitation to follow him. We affirm those who feel that call to a sacramental life, who understand the grace and love of God available through Worship, Word and in the Bread and Wine. We support those who wish to minister among the people of God in a parish setting and those who feel the pull to assist and serve their community through Life Celebrations and visiting.
St. Francis Seminary offers a place of study and a caring community within the Church. We are affirming and inclusive, welcoming all who seek a connection with Loving Creator.
Congratulations to Chaplains Brad Owens and Brent Rice
Congratulations to the Reverends Joan, Kathryn, Thomas and Geraldine!
We gathered on October 17 for our last onsite gathering before the November Ordination. Diplomas were awarded, pictures were taken and the deacons-to-be got their first taste of being in the world dressed in clerics. Congratulations to Joan Spatuck, Kathryn Spatuck, Thomas Twose and Geraldine Walsh, our candidates. The next session begins May 29, 2016.
Please note - St.
Francis is not a residential seminary. Most of our clergy have come to
us later in life, when family and work responsibilities made
residential seminary impossible. To accommodate them, we offer classes
via distance with relatively few sessions onsite.
Path to The Priesthood
Are you seeking a spiritual home with a caring faith community.
Seeking Holy Orders
For those who already have an M.Div or other religious degree.