“I am extremely grateful for my time of study and formation at the Toronto Oratory. My knowledge of Christ grew immensely because of the excellent philosophy and fundamental theology taught here, and so my love for Christ also grew. The familial environment of St Philip’s, the parish life of Holy Family Church, the examples of the Fathers, and the interaction with seminarians from every part of the globe and type of religious life were all valuable things to experience.”
–Daniel Malone, 2018 graduate, St Philip’s Seminary
On May 14, 2018, fifteen seminarians graduated from various programs offered by St Philip’s Seminary: twelve in philosophy, two in fundamental theology, and one in theology proper. Professors, family and friends, and fellow students gathered to mark this important step in the formation of these seminarians for the priesthood. There was a beautiful sung English Mass followed by a reception and awards ceremony. Awards were given for the best overall marks to Br Matthew Buckley of the Brisbane Oratory-in-Formation, for the best marks in the comprehensive examinations to Br James Tabarelli of the London Oratory, and for the most valuable contribution to community life to frater Anselm Rodriguez of St Michael’s Abbey in California. Each responded with a gracious speech, thanking Oratorians, other seminary professors, and the parish community for their invaluable support.
St Philip’s Seminary is deservedly well-known for the academic quality, orthodoxy, and well-rounded character of the education and priestly formation it provides. These graduates will now go on to future studies and to ordination with a strong philosophical and theological formation, which is essential to proposing the Catholic faith in the modern world. The pastoral experience gained through participation in the Oratory’s various apostolates will reinforce their future priestly work. The spiritual formation, particularly in the life of prayer which the Oratorian fathers provide through regular spiritual direction and retreats, will be indispensable as these graduates mature in the Christian life and prepare for their ministry of evangelization.
For over 30 years, St Philip’s Seminary has provided this significant service to the Church. To date, the seminary has graduated over 250 seminarians from 14 countries, over 200 of whom have since been ordained priests. The Fathers of the Toronto Oratory are proud to play such an important role in the formation of future priests, and because of the prayerful support and generosity of its benefactors this work will continue for many years to come.