Regis College, Toronto

Regis College is a postgraduate theological college of the University of Toronto. Founded in 1930, it is the Jesuit school of theology in Canada and a member institution of the Toronto School of Theology.

Regis College
Symbol of Christ the King
Latin: Collegium Christi Regis
MottoAd maiorem Dei gloriam
Motto in English
For the greater glory of God
TypePontifical federated theological college
Established1930 (1930)
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Academic affiliation
ChancellorFr. Erik Orland, S.J.
PresidentFr. Thomas Worcester, S.J.
RectorFr. J. Conlin Mulvihill, S.J.
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Regis College began as the Jesuit philosophy college on Wellington Street in downtown Toronto in September 1930.[1] It then offered philosophy programmes to Jesuit scholastics preparing for priesthood. It was in 1943 that the programme of offerings was expanded to include theology. In 1954, the Jesuit seminary was formally named Collegium Christi Regis, The College of Christ the King. In 1956 Regis College was accredited as a pontifical faculty (a status it retains) by becoming the School of Theology of St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and thus became able to offer ecclesiastical degrees in theology.[2]

Bayview Avenue site

In 1961, the college moved to a new site on Bayview Avenue in Willowdale, Toronto. There, it taught exclusively theology. The 40 acre site, was offered to the Jesuits as a location for the college by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1958.[1][3]

In 1969, Regis College was one of the founding colleges of the Toronto School of Theology. Within its own federation, the University of Toronto granted all but the theology or divinity degrees.

In 1970, the college joined the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Membership of the association in 1980, 2001 and 2011.[2]

St. Mary Street site

In 1976, the college moved to St. Mary Street in Downtown Toronto, close to its present site.[3] The Bayview site was sold to Ontario Bible College, which became the Tyndale University College and Seminary in 2003. That year, it admitted its first non-Jesuit students.[2] Since 1978, by virtue of a change made in its charter, the University of Toronto has granted theology degrees conjointly with Regis College.[4] Regis College became a federated college of the University of Toronto. This arrangement was renewed for a further ten years in 2004.[2]

Present location

In August 2008, Regis College agreed to move to Christie House, on the corner of Wellesley Street and Queen's Park. It was formerly a female residence building for St. Michael's College administered by the Sisters of St. Joseph who ran St. Joseph's College School next door. The University of Toronto bought the site from the Sisters of St. Joseph and leases it to the college. Construction started to make the house suitable for the college in time for the start of the academic year in September 2009. As part of the leasing agreement with the university, the half of the building closest to the school was converted so that it could be used by the university's Faculty of Music.[5]

The building is located opposite the Parliament of Ontario. It is to the south of St. Michael's College and is next to buildings that previously housed the offices of Marshall McLuhan. The building itself was the former home of William Mellis Christie and after his death it was the residence of his son Robert Jaffrey. Robert Jaffrey had a secret room built in the house so his mistress could secretly live with him and his family. The mistress killed herself in this secret room, and is said to haunt the college.[6]


In the traditions of Jesuit spirituality, scholarship and service, Regis College promotes an integrated spirituality that emphasizes justice, critical dialogue and academic pursuits. As per all Jesuit institutions, it remains grounded in the concept of ad maiorem Dei gloriam, for the greater glory of God.

Regis College confers three major types of theological degrees: basic degree programmes, graduate degree programmes, and ecclesiastical degrees. Regis College offers degrees that are awarded solely by Regis College, and those that are conjointly awarded by Regis College, the Toronto School of Theology and the University of Toronto.

Civil degrees awarded conjointly by Regis College, the Toronto School of Theology and the University of Toronto

Civil degrees awarded by Regis College

  • Basic degree programmes

Ecclesiastical degrees awarded by Regis College

Faculty and alumni

Honor society

The Jesuit Honor Society's chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu was established at Regis College in 2000.

Films and TV series that have used Regis College

Regis College is a popular location for films and TV series and has been used in the past by various film and television production companies. For example:



  1. "History of the College". Regis College. Archived from the original on 24 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  2. "History of Regis College". Regis College. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  3. "Chronology". Jesuits in Canada. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  4. "University of Toronto" 2015.
  5. "Press Release". Regis College. Archived from the original on 24 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  6. "Ghosts of Campus Past". The Varsity. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  7. "Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  8. "Master of Arts in Ministry and Spirituality (M.A. in M.S.)". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  9. "Master of Divinity (M.Div.)". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  10. "Master of Arts in Theological Studies". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  11. "Master of Theology (Th.M.)". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  12. "Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  13. "Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Theological Studies". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  14. "Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.)". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  15. "Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.)". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  16. "Licentiate of Sacred Theology (S.T.L.)". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  17. "Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.)". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  18. "Appointments". Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  19. Fleischer, David (5 March 2015). "Reel Toronto: Disney's Ice Princess". Torontoist. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  20. "Who Is Clark Rockefeller? (TV Movie 2010)". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  21. Beyond the Screen – Sherlock Holmes
  22. "The Kennedys (TV Mini-Series 2011– )". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  23. "Skins (TV Series 2011)". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  24. "Warehouse 13 (TV Series 2009–2014)". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  25. "Nurse 3D (2013)". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  26. "Covert Affairs".
  27. "Lost Girl (TV Series 2010–2016)". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  28. "Pay the Ghost (2015)". Retrieved 17 October 2017.


"University of Toronto". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. 2015 [2012]. Retrieved 5 November 2017.

Further reading

Friedland, Martin L. (2013). The University of Toronto: A History (2nd ed.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-1-4426-1536-6.
Harris, Robin (1970). A History of University of Toronto. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
McKillop, A. B. (1994). Matters of Mind: The University in Ontario, 1791–1951. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-0-8020-0424-6.

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