The Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary (RMMS) of the Archdiocese of Toronto
The first Redemptoris Mater Seminary was erected in Rome in 1987, under the inspiration of St. John Paul II.
In 1997, His Eminence Aloysius Cardinal Ambrozic decided to open a Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary in the Archdiocese of Toronto.
The first group of seminarians was sent to it after a vocational meeting in Porto San Giorgio in September of that same year. These were the humble beginnings that resulted in the official erection of the seminary in 1999, the first priestly ordination in 2004, and, after that, 25 ordinations in total; God willing, two more to come in May 2023.
The work of formation was first entrusted to Rev. Hector Vila, who in November 2015 was called to serve as Bishop of the Diocese of Whitehorse and was ordained bishop on February 7, 2016. Since then, Fr. Tomasz Skibinski was entrusted with that task.
As of today, 12 seminarians are being formed for the priesthood. Upon their ordination they will be incardinated into the Archdiocese of Toronto, keeping in them the missionary aspect of formation, ready to announce the Good News of the merciful love of God manifested in the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ to the ends of the world.
“It is not difficult to list the fruits of the Neocatechumenal Way: families who have been reconciled, are open to life, and are grateful to the Church, offer themselves to bring the proclamation of the Gospel to the ends of the earth…especially the poorest and most dechristianised areas. From these families are now springing up an enormous number of vocations.”
St. Pope John Paul II – 17th January 1994