St. Francis Seminary

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Welcome to St. Francis Seminary

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 communityWe 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. 

Ordination of 8 deacons and 2 priests, Nov 6, 2016

Commissioning of Lay Pastoral Chaplains May 15, 2016

Commissioning of Lay Pastoral Chaplains January 17

Commissioning of Lay Pastoral Chaplains Nov 29

Congratulations to Chaplains Brad Owens and Brent Rice

Ordination of Deacons Nov 1

Congratulations to the Reverends Joan, Kathryn, Thomas and Geraldine!  

Countdown to Diaconal Ordination

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.

Next Session Begins June 2017
 Training for the Diaconate

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 make residential seminary impossible. To accommodate them, we offer classes via distance with relatively few sessions onsite.

All candidates must apply and go through an interview process.  If accepted into the program, we require a police check, personal references, and baptism and confirmation papers.  While courses are available to all, only those who live in the Province of Ontario can receive a license to perform marriages.  While courses are held over Skype, several mandatory onsite sessions are involved with seminary training.