Holy Spirit Seminary is the Major Seminary of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada. It also welcomes candidates from elsewhere. Its primary purpose is the preparation of candidates for ordained priesthood in the Catholic Church. This preparation for eparchial ministerial leadership embraces and promotes spiritual formation, theological education and field training. The Seminary pursues its calling to form candidates as responsible and apostolic persons for the service of the Church and world by fostering: faithful love for Jesus Christ, his Church and all people; commitment to hand on faithfully the tradition, teachings and history of the Church; commitment to the exploration of the mysteries of faith through sustained scriptural and theological inquiry; and communal life through faith, prayer and wisdom.
The need for a seminary in Canada had long been discussed by the Ukrainian Catholic Hierarchy of Canada. Before the establishment of Holy Spirit Seminary, candidates attended various Roman Catholic seminaries in Canada including Saint Paul Seminary (Ottawa), Saint Basil’s College (Toronto), Saint Augustine’s Seminary (Toronto), Saint Peter’s Seminary (Toronto), and Saint Joseph’s Seminary (Edmonton) while others attended Saint Josaphat’s Seminary and Saint Sofia College in Rome. Whereas the Basilian and Redemptorist Orders had their own scholasticates, there was no place of preparation for eparchial priests.
Holy Spirit Seminary was established here in Ottawa, Ontario in 1980. The former Basilian scholasticate at 520 Queen Elizabeth Driveway served as its first location. Very Rev. Joseph Andrijishyn was appointed Rector and in September 1981 the Seminary began receiving its first students. Seminarians studied philosophy at Ottawa University and theology at Saint Paul University. By 1983 the Seminary building became too small to accommodate all the students and an additional house at 72 Craig Street was purchased. When the Basilian Fathers made it known that they intended to sell the scholasticate building, the Seminary was relocated to its present location at 1030 Baseline Road, the former Augustinian Monastery.
In 1993, with his appointment as Moderator of the Patriarchal Tribunal in Lviv, Ukraine, Rev. Joseph Andrijishyn was succeeded as Rector by Rev. Andrew Wach of the Archeparchy of Winnipeg (1993-1996). He was, in turn, succeeded in 1996 by Rev. David Motiuk of the Eparchy of Edmonton (1996-2001). In 2001, Very Rev. Ken Nowakowski of the Eparchy of Saskatoon (2001-2007); he was followed by Rev. Andrei Kachur of the Eparchy of Saskatoon (2007-2009). Our current Rector is Rev. Michael Winn of the Archeparchy of Winnipeg.
Since the erection of Holy Spirit Seminary in 1981, well over 100 candidates have received all or part of their priestly formation in Ottawa; more than 60 have been ordained to the priesthood and now serve in various parishes across Canada.
The formation of candidates for the priesthood belongs to the whole Church, to you and to me. Please consider making a donation or leaving a bequest in your will to Holy Spirit Seminary. For more information, please contact Maria Onuferko at:
Holy Spirit Seminary, 1030 Baseline Road, Ottawa, ON K2C 0A6
Phone (613) 727-1255 • Fax (613) 727-1573 • hssottawa [-at-] gmail.com
Holy Spirit Seminary is the Major Seminary of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada. Its primary purpose is the preparation of candidates for ordination to the priesthood in the Catholic Church. This preparation for eparchial ministerial leadership embraces and promotes spiritual formation, theological education and practical field training.