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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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IMPORTANT NOTICE: CANCELLED EVENTS

In light of Cardinal Thomas Collins' letter to the faithful dated Tuesday, March 17, 2020 on COVID-19, the Office of Formation for Discipleship has decided to cancel our events for the rest of March and until the end May to ensure that we do our part to care for the community at large and the most vulnerable among us.

ONGOING EVENTS

Made for Greatness: Becoming Holy Disciples of Christ - POSTPONED

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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MARCH 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 Cycle 3 online seminars on a variety of topics related to our Catholic faith.

Download list of courses and seminars offered

DATE: April 19 to May 4, 2020

REGISTRATION CLOSES: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

COST$40US

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



Training for Lay Pastoral Visitors - CANCELLED

In light of Cardinal Thomas Collins' letter to the faithful dated Tuesday, March 17, 2020 on COVID-19, the Office of Formation for Discipleship has decided to cancel our events for the rest of March and until the end May to ensure that we do our part to care for the community at large and the most vulnerable among us.

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: Ella Okonkwo at (416) 934-3400 ext. 523 or eokonkwo@archtoronto.org



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 APRIL 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 Cycle 3 online seminars on a variety of topics related to our Catholic faith.

Download list of courses and seminars offered

DATE: April 19 to May 4, 2020

REGISTRATION CLOSES: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

COST$40US

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



An Evening at the Seminary - CANCELLED

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 - CANCELLED

In light of Cardinal Thomas Collins' letter to the faithful dated Tuesday, March 17, 2020 on COVID-19, the Office of Formation for Discipleship has decided to cancel our events for the rest of March and until the end May to ensure that we do our part to care for the community at large and the most vulnerable among us.

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: Ella Okonkwo at (416) 934-3400 ext. 523 or eokonkwo@archtoronto.org


Road to Emmaus Hiking Retreat - CANCELLED

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 - CANCELLED

In light of Cardinal Thomas Collins' letter to the faithful dated Tuesday, March 17, 2020 on COVID-19, the Office of Formation for Discipleship has decided to cancel our events for the rest of March and until the end May to ensure that we do our part to care for the community at large and the most vulnerable among us.

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: Ella Okonkwo at (416) 934-3400 ext. 523 or eokonkwo@archtoronto.org


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: Ella Okonkwo at (416) 934-3400 ext. 523 or eokonkwo@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: Ella Okonkwo at (416) 934-3400 ext. 523 or eokonkwo@archtoronto.org

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JULY 2020



AUGUST 2020

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, August 15, 2020
TIME: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE: Nativity of the Lord Parish, 480 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke
CONTACT: Ella Okonkwo at (416) 934-3400 ext. 523 or eokonkwo@archtoronto.org

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SEPTEMBER 2020

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, September 26, 2020
TIME: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE:  Nativity of the Lord Parish, 480 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke
CONTACT: Ella Okonkwo at (416) 934-3400 ext. 523 or eokonkwo@archtoronto.org

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OCTOBER 2020

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, October 3, 2020
TIME: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE: St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 191 Wade Gate, Thornhill
CONTACT: Ella Okonkwo at (416) 934-3400 ext. 523 or eokonkwo@archtoronto.org

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REGISTER ONLINE



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, October 17, 2020
TIME: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE: St. Bonaventure's Church, 1300 Leslie Street, North York
CONTACT: Ella Okonkwo at (416) 934-3400 ext. 523 or eokonkwo@archtoronto.org

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3rd Annual Parish Ministry Conference

Save the Date! On Saturday, October 31, 2020, we will be hosting our 3rd Annual Parish Ministry Conference at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale. Our conference will cover the landscape of parish ministry life with specialized tracks for catechesis, liturgy, family life, maturing adults, stewardship and ministers of care. Participants will be guided into a deeper understanding of their particular ministry, learn from leading experts, participate in discussions and share best practices. The day will end with the celebration of Mass with His Eminence, Cardinal Thomas Collins, as presider and homilist. Registration will open early in May at which time you will receive brochures and posters. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for the early bird rate and more information!

WHEN: Saturday, October 31, 2020
TIME: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale, 6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga
CONTACT: Ella Okonkwo at (416) 934-3400 ext. 523 or eokonkwo@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 March 18, 2020