They are a new reality in the Church, and there are currently
100 of them established around the world. The men who enter these seminaries come from all over the world, offering themselves
for the service of the Church and the society in which they live. The priests formed in these diocesan seminaries are both
diocesan and missionary. This means that, at the discretion of their Bishop, and according to the needs of the Church, they
will fulfill their ministry in the diocese to which the seminary belongs or be sent anywhere in the world.
Seminarians need time
and preparation so that they may willingly fulfill God's call to the priesthood. Therefore, the Archdiocese of Toronto opened
a missionary seminary in order to welcome these new vocations that are so greatly needed in our society today. On June 21, 1999, His Eminence, Aloysius Cardinal Ambrozic, officially founded a Redemptoris
Mater Missionary Seminary (RMMS) for the Archdiocese of Toronto. For the time being, the RMMS of Toronto shares the premises
of St. Augustine's Seminary in Scarborough.
The seminarians at the RMMS of Toronto first undertake the study of English as a second
language. They then pursue philosophical studies at St. Philip's Seminary and theological studies at St. Augustine's Seminary in the Toronto School of Theology. To sponsor the seminarians, RMMS relies on the generous donations
of benefactors, who share in and support this work of God for the Church. As a non-profit charitable organization, the Seminary
issues income tax receipts to benefactors and donors, upon request