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Feel free to peruse this list below to discover formation opportunities within the Archdiocese of Toronto. Click on the month for a quicker look!

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OCTOBER 2019

Made for Greatness: Becoming Holy Disciples of Christ

For single men aged 18+ who want to deepen their relationship with Jesus, grow in holiness, and discover where the Lord might be leading. As men walk this path of discipleship together, they'll explore the ways they are each uniquely called to build the Kingdom: through holy marriage, religious life, or priesthood.

Made for Greatness discipleship groups take place in parishes throughout the archdiocese. Check https://www.madeforgreatness.ca/ for specific locations and meeting times.

CONTACT: Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or vocations@archtoronto.org

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Archdiocesan Catechist Formation Program

Registration is now open for the 2019-2020 Catechist Formation Program. The program runs from October 27, 2019, to June 20, 2020. New courses and seminars have been added to allow for more specialization. See the new brochure at for all of the details or contact Connie Price at cprice@archtoronto.org or 416-934-3400, ext. 513.

This program is open to all Catechists, both new and experienced.

PREREQUISITE: Approval of the pastor, $250 refundable deposit*
PROGRAM BEGINS: Sunday, October 27, 2019
PROGRAM ENDS:  Saturday, June 20, 2020
REGISTRATION CLOSES: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

TO REGISTER CONTACT: Connie Price at 416-934-3400 ext. 513 or cprice@archtoronto.org

*The deposit will be refunded within one month of completion of the full program (by July 27, 2020)



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JANUARY 2020

Online Faith Formation Study Opportunity

Offered in Partnership with the University of Dayton, open to all members of the Archdiocese of Toronto

Registration is now open for the Online Catechist Formation Programme, run by the Office of Formation for Discipleship. The program begins on March 1. Prerequisites are the pastor's approval and the registrant's commitment to participate in both online courses and group gatherings.

Download list of courses and seminars offered

REGISTRATION CLOSES: Wednesday, February 26, 2020

For more information, contact Connie Price at cprice@archtoronto.org or 416-934-3400, ext. 513



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FEBRUARY 2020

Online Faith Formation Study Opportunity

Offered in Partnership with the University of Dayton, open to all members of the Archdiocese of Toronto

Registration is now open for the Online Catechist Formation Programme, run by the Office of Formation for Discipleship. The program begins on March 1. Prerequisites are the pastor's approval and the registrant's commitment to participate in both online courses and group gatherings.

Download list of courses and seminars offered

REGISTRATION CLOSES: Wednesday, February 26, 2020

For more information, contact Connie Price at cprice@archtoronto.org or 416-934-3400, ext. 513


Ministers of Care: Growing in Ministry Gathering

You and your team members are invited to attend our next Growing in Ministry Gathering.  This gathering will include a presentation by my colleague, Beverly O'Grady, on "Self Care for Ministers of Care" – how do we keep ourselves from absorbing the sadness and pain of those we visit?  We need strategies for letting go of the pain, by taking time to listen inside ourselves. These skills take time to develop and together we will practice a few techniques to help you keep yourself grounded in the face of pain and suffering. 

This gathering is also a great opportunity for Ministers of Care Coordinators, team leaders and members who are involved in: Ministry to the Sick & Elderly in homes, nursing homes or hospitals; Bereavement Ministry; and other caring ministries to connect with other leaders and members from various parishes for prayer, support, sharing and networking. We hope you and your team can join us.

This is open to current Ministry Leaders and Coordinators.

WHEN: Saturday, February 29, 2020
TIME:  10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 480 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke.

CONTACT: Sally Amaral at (416) 934-3400 ext. 518 or samaral@archtoronto.org

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MARCH 2020

Young Disciples Retreat

For both male and female youth aged 12-17, especially those engaged in parish service. This retreat features talks on the Eucharist, holiness, and vocation. Also included in the day are recreation, Mass, and lunch.

 This event is open to both male and female youth aged 12-17.

WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2020 
TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
CONTACT: Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or vocations@archtoronto.org


Come & See Weekend

This weekend live-in experience at St. Augustine's Seminary offers men discerning diocesan priesthood a closer look at seminary life with meals, prayer, the Sacraments, socializing, and recreation. The weekend also includes presentations by seminary professors, the Director of the Office of Vocations, and His Eminence Cardinal Collins.  

This event is open to men in grade 12 and above; those aged 17 may attend if parental consent is given. Registration is required.

WHEN: Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m. – Sunday, March 15 at 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: St. Augustine's Seminary, 2661 Kingston Road, Scarborough
CONTACT: Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or vocations@archtoronto.org

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Formation for Lectors

The Archdiocese of Toronto invites Lectors into a deeper understanding of the importance of the liturgical celebrations of the Church, and the Liturgy of the Word through formation sessions offered throughout the year. 

This session will cover topics such as:
  • The role of the Liturgy of the Word with a focus specifically on Sunday Mass.
  • The importance of the Proclamation of the Word of God.
  • The importance of Sacred Scripture in the Church.
  • How the Scriptures came to be and the Church’s interpretation.
  • The policies of the Archdiocese of Toronto, best practices, and practical tips.

Training is open to current Readers (Lectors) and clergy.

WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 2020
TIME: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE:  Precious Blood Parish, 1737 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough 
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org

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Ministry with Maturing Adults Network

You are invited to our next Ministry with Maturing Adults (50+) Network Meeting. All leaders involved in the Ministry with Maturing Adults or Seniors Ministries including parish staff, volunteer leaders, advisory committee members and potential leaders interested in this ministry are all welcome.

This Network Meeting will provide a great opportunity for the Ministry with Maturing Adults leaders and potential leaders to connect with leaders from various parishes for prayer, support, sharing and networking. This meeting will include presentations and sharing of best practices. Refreshments will be provided. We hope you can join us.

This is open to current Ministry Leaders and Coordinators.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
TIME:  10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: St. Luke's Parish, 39 Green Lane, Thornhill

CONTACT: Sally Amaral at (416) 934-3400 ext. 518 or samaral@archtoronto.org

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Formation for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

The Archdiocese of Toronto invites Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to participate in a formation session that reflects on the mystery of the Eucharist, theology of the Liturgy, and the specific duties of this ministry.

This session will provide time for participants to learn more about:
  • The theology of the Eucharist.
  • The Eucharistic Prayer and its importance in the Liturgy.
  • An overview of the role of the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion in the liturgy.
  • A review of the policies of the Archdiocese of Toronto and other best practices.

Training is open to current Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Clergy.

WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 2020
TIME: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE: St. David's Parish, 2601 Major MacKenzie Dr. West, Maple
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org

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Training for Lay Pastoral Visitors

These sessions will prepare participants to provide pastoral visits and/or bring Holy Communion to parishioners who are confined in their homes, nursing homes and hospitals due to illness or infirmity. Participants are required to attend both Saturdays and please bring your own lunch. 

Open to New and Seasoned Lay Pastoral Visitors

WHEN: Saturday, March 28 & April 4, 2020
TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Jerome's Parish, 8530 Chinguacousy Rd, Brampton
CONTACT: Sally Amaral at 416-934-3400 ext. 518 or samaral@archtoronto.org

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 APRIL 2020

An Evening at the Seminary

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 Fr. Chris Lemieux, Director of the Office of Vocations, and a tour of the seminary.

This event is open to men in grade 12 and above; however, those aged 15-17 may attend if accompanied by a pastor-approved or chaplain-approved male chaperone. Registration is required.

WHEN: Monday, April 6, 2020
TIME: 4:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Augustine's Seminary, 2661 Kingston Road, Scarborough
CONTACT: Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or vocations@archtoronto.org

 

RCIA Formation and Networking Day

For RCIA Coordinators, Catechists and Clergy

Our Catholic Faith: The Essentials and Teaching Tools


Topics include:

  •  what RCIA Rituals reveal about Catechesis and what is required to become a Catholic
  • overview of Adult Formation
  • review of tools and resources
  • time for large group discussion, sharing and questions
Speaker: Connie Price, PhD

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2020
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, 222 Ridley Blvd, Toronto
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org

COST: $30.00 and includes refreshments

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Road to Emmaus Hiking Retreat

The Office of Vocations invites all single men aged 18+ on a full-day discernment hiking retreat that includes prayer, reflection witness talks, Mass, and snacks.

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2020
TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CONTACT: Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or vocations@archtoronto.org



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MAY 2020

Training for Bereavement Ministry

These sessions will prepare participants to minister to the bereaved in a parish setting. Participants will engage in an interactive, two-day faith-based educational and spiritual learning opportunity. Participants are required to attend both Tuesdays and please bring your own lunch. 

Open to New and Seasoned Bereavement Ministers

WHEN: Tuesdays, May 5 & May 12, 2020
TIME:  9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Martin of Tours Parish, 1290 McBride Avenue, Mississauga

CONTACT: Sally Amaral at (416) 934-3400 ext. 518 or samaral@archtoronto.org

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Reclaiming Love 2020- Theology of the Body with Jason Evert (North Region)

The realities of masculinity, femininity, gender, and the relation of these to our identity are being questioned like never before.

Join us for the 2nd annual "Theology of the Body"-inspired series of talks led by Jason Evert, an internationally-known Catholic speaker, and author, as he leads the discussion beyond feelings to help us embrace an integrated understanding of the truth of our identity.

Speaking the truth in love, he shows how the recognition of what our biology reveals helps us to understand who God created us to be and to accompany others on their life's journey!

Tickets are $20 per person and available in the parish office or online at http://www.ocytoronto.org/reclaiminglove/.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
TIME:  7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: St. Mary's Parish, 65 Amelia Street, Barrie

CONTACT: Annalisa Parente at 416-934-3400, ext. 569 or aparente@archtoronto.org

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Reclaiming Love 2020- Theology of the Body with Jason Evert (East Region)

The realities of masculinity, femininity, gender, and the relation of these to our identity are being questioned like never before.

Join us for the 2nd annual "Theology of the Body"-inspired series of talks led by Jason Evert, an internationally-known Catholic speaker, and author, as he leads the discussion beyond feelings to help us embrace an integrated understanding of the truth of our identity.

Speaking the truth in love, he shows how the recognition of what our biology reveals helps us to understand who God created us to be and to accompany others on their life's journey!

Tickets are $20 per person and available in the parish office or online at http://www.ocytoronto.org/reclaiminglove/.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
TIME:  7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: St. Patrick's Parish, 5633 Highway 7, Markham

CONTACT: Annalisa Parente at 416-934-3400, ext. 569 or aparente@archtoronto.org

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Reclaiming Love 2020- Theology of the Body with Jason Evert (West Region)

The realities of masculinity, femininity, gender, and the relation of these to our identity are being questioned like never before.

Join us for the 2nd annual "Theology of the Body"-inspired series of talks led by Jason Evert, an internationally-known Catholic speaker, and author, as he leads the discussion beyond feelings to help us embrace an integrated understanding of the truth of our identity.

Speaking the truth in love, he shows how the recognition of what our biology reveals helps us to understand who God created us to be and to accompany others on their life's journey!

Tickets are $20 per person and available in the parish office or online at http://www.ocytoronto.org/reclaiminglove/.

WHEN: Thursday, May 21, 2020
TIME:  7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: St. Francis Xavier Parish, 5650 Mavis Road, Mississauga

CONTACT: Annalisa Parente at 416-934-3400, ext. 569 or aparente@archtoronto.org

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JUNE 2020

RCIA Formation and Networking Day

For RCIA Coordinators, Catechists and Clergy

RCIA Liturgies and the Community of Faith

Topics include:
  • what is The Restoration of the Catechumenate?
  • exploring the various Liturgical Rite and Rituals in the RCIA
  • how do the Rituals assist in Catechesis

WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 2020
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 782 Brown's Line, Etobicoke
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org

COST: $30.00 and includes refreshments

Speaker: Rebecca Spellacy, ThD

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Ministry with Maturing Adults Workshop

The Best is Yet to Be: The Spirituality of our Maturing Years

If we don't listen to the world's stereotypes, myths, and jokes about getting older, life is filled with possibilities, growth, depth, and joy, particularly in the things that matter. This day is for you: you who are maturing persons of integrity, touching the world with your tremendous love. We will explore ways to deepen the gift you are, to enjoy the precious moments we each have been given, to continue to develop your relationships with Jesus and the many loved people in your lives, and to celebrate the ways you give your special way-of-being to others which makes this world a more caring place. 


Open to all men and women in the second half of life (50+), including volunteers, parish leaders, parish staff, and priests are invited!


WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 2020
TIME:  9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: St. Mary's Parish, 66 Main St. South, Brampton

CONTACT: Sally Amaral at (416) 934-3400 ext. 518 or samaral@archtoronto.org

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NOVEMBER 2020

Family at the Heart of Formation

WHEN: Saturday, November 21, 2020
TIME: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
WHERE: To be announced 
CONTACT: Patrick Douglas at 416-934-3400 ext. 505 or pdouglas@archtoronto.org

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Last updated February 21, 2020