PRE-SEMINARY FORMATION PROGRAM
The Associates bi-weekly program is the primary discernment group for men considering diocesan priesthood in the Archdiocese of Toronto, and has been active for the last three decades.
MADE FOR GREATNESS:
BECOMING HOLY DISCIPLES OF CHRIST
Offered regionally, this program invites disciples to deepen their relationship with Jesus, grow in the universal call to holiness, and discover where the Lord might be leading. We'll walk the path of discipleship together to explore ways of living out the universal call to holiness in daily life, and the ways we are each uniquely called to build the Kingdom: through priesthood, consecrated religious life, holy marriage, or committed single life in Christ.
Groups meet in parishes throughout the archdiocese.
Called by Name engages parishes in our four pastoral regions throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto, allowing parishioners to nominate those individuals within their parish community whom they feel may have a call to the priesthood, religious life, or consecrated single life.
Totus Tuus is a fun-filled summer program dedicated to the Catholic faith formation of young people. In parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto, highly trained college students and recent graduates run week-long catechetical camps packed with skits, songs, and surprises for youth in grades 1-12. In giving themselves totally to God and neighbor, these college-age missionaries grow in openness to God's will for their lives.
AT THE SEMINARY
April 6, 2020
Have you ever thought about becoming a priest? Spending an evening at the seminary offers discerners a glimpse into the place where priestly formation begins. The evening includes Holy Mass in the beautiful seminary chapel, dinner, a talk by Director of Vocations Fr. Chris Lemieux, and a tour of the seminary. This event is for men in grade 12 and above; however, those aged 15-17 may attend if accompanied by a pastor-approved male chaperone. Registration is required.
PROJECT ANDREW DINNERS
The Project Andrew Dinners are gatherings hosted in the Pastoral Regions of our Archdiocese. The local Bishop gathers with priests and men from the local parishes for dinner and the sharing of vocation stories. This evening also allows the opportunity for Question & Answer with the Bishop & priests. There are several dinners happening in 2020:
In the Eastern Region Saturday February 8th
In Mississauga on Saturday February 15th
In North York (St. Edward the Confessor) on Saturday March 7th
In Barrie (St. John Vianney) on Saturday April 18th
In Richmond Hill (St. Mary Immaculate) on Saturday May 2nd
Please speak to your pastor or parish office to attend an event near you.
YOUNG DISCIPLES RETREAT FOR MALE & FEMALE YOUTH AGED 12-17
March 7, 2020
Young disciples aged 12-17, we have a retreat for you! The day includes recreation, lunch, Mass, and reflection talks on the Eucharist, holiness, and vocation. Registration is required and free of charge.
ROAD TO EMMAUS HIKING RETREAT
April 25, 2020
Spend a day with Fr. Chris and other Catholic men in God's great outdoors as we explore where the Lord might be leading us. The retreat includes witness talks, periods of silent reflection, Holy Mass, and snacks. We ask those attending to bring their own packed lunch. For men aged 18+. Registration is required.
COME & SEE WEEKEND
ST. AUGUSTINE'S SEMINARY
March 13-15, 2020
Many Catholic men consider the possibility of becoming a priest, but don’t go beyond thinking about it because of the many questions they may have. Twice a year, the Office of Vocations offers a weekend live-in experience, at St. Augustine's Seminary, to help men discerning the priesthood get answers to questions they have, to meet seminarians, and to pray for continued assistance in knowing God's will. We call them Come and See Weekends, and they are great opportunities to assist in your discernment.
The discernment retreat is an invitation for single, Catholic men who have a desire to cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Christ. This deepening leads to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives.
A Daily Prayer Commitment
Prayer changes everything. The Office of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Toronto warmly invites you to join the St. Joseph Vocation Society, a voluntary daily prayer commitment for vocations. There are no dues or meetings. In gratitude for your daily prayers for vocations, the Archdiocesan Director of Vocations will remember you in a monthly mass.