Saint Paul University

Saint Paul University (French: Université Saint-Paul) is a bilingual Catholic Pontifical university federated with the University of Ottawa since 1965. It is located on Main Street in Canada's capital city, Ottawa, Ontario. Fully bilingual, it offers instruction in both of the country's official languages: French and English. The university has been entrusted for over a century and a half to the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. In August 1866, the university was endowed a civil charter that was passed by the government which was then called the Province of Canada. It later received a pontifical declaration promulgated by Pope Leo XIII on 5 February 1889.[1]

Saint Paul University
Université Saint-Paul
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Guigues Hall, Saint Paul University
Pontifical university
Established1848; 175 years ago (1848)
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate)
Academic affiliations
University of Ottawa, AUCC, IAU, AUFC, ACU, CBIE, NDEA (International affiliate)
ChancellorReverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa
RectorChantal Beauvais
Undergraduates374 full-time + 258 part-time
Postgraduates332 full-time + 106 part-time
223 Main Street
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45°24′29″N 75°40′34″W / 45.4081°N 75.676°W / 45.4081; -75.676Coordinates: 45°24′29″N 75°40′34″W / 45.4081°N 75.676°W / 45.4081; -75.676


In 1848, Joseph-Bruno Guigues, the first bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa, established the College of Bytown. In 1856, the college was officially entrusted to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and, in 1866, it was renamed the College of Ottawa. The institution would later rewrite its pontifical charter in keeping with the Apostolic Constitution of Pope Pius XI, and also rewrote its civil charter around the same time. Its rewritten civil charter was approved by the Government of Ontario in 1933, when it was officially renamed the University of Ottawa, and its revised pontifical charter was approved by the Holy See in 1934. On July 1, 1965, by an act of the Ontario Legislature, the institution previously known as the University of Ottawa was renamed Saint Paul University, which retained its civil and pontifical charters, while a new corporate body, to be known as the University of Ottawa, was created to inherit the majority of the university's holdings.


Undergraduate programsEdit

Graduate programsEdit

Research centers and institutesEdit

  • Research Centre for Vatican II and 21st Century Catholicism
  • Centre for Religious Education and Catechesis
  • Research Centre in Public Ethics and Governance
  • Centre for Research on Conflict
  • Sophia Research Centre
  • Lonergan Centre

Research chairsEdit

  • Research Chair for Religious History of Canada
  • Chair in Christian Family Studies
  • Mercy and Presentation Sisters Chair


  • Jean-Léon Allie Library and Archives
  • Office of Research and Ethics
  • Office of Admission, Registrar and Student Services
  • Alumni and Development Office
  • Internship Office
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre
  • Centre for Canonical Services (CCS)
  • Multiservices Centre
  • Computer and Distance Education Services
  • Pastoral Services
  • Recruitment and Communications Services
  • Financial Services
  • Facilities Services
  • Human Resources Services
  • Food and Conference Services

Jean-Léon Allie Library and ArchivesEdit

The collection contains over 500,000 volumes, 1,000 current periodicals and some 100,000 microforms.


The library began on April 27, 1937, as the library of the University of Ottawa's seminary. The late Father Jean-Léon Allie, O.M.I., was its founder and first Chief Librarian. After occupying that post for more than 40 years, Father Allie continued to devote all his energies to the Library, as Acquisitions Librarian, then as University Librarian Emeritus, until his death on November 26, 1996.

Starting with only four books, the library began immediately to grow through generous donations from other religious institutions, as well as through the founder's judicious purchases, to become the largest of its kind in Canada. The excellent quality of the library has long been recognized by scholars in philosophy, medieval studies and theology. As early as 1963, in a survey conducted for the National Conference of Canadian Universities and Colleges, Edwin E. Williams of Harvard University stated: "Ottawa (i.e. Saint Paul University) has nationally outstanding collections for philosophy and religious history, with advanced research holdings for work in ... medieval studies."

The organization of the collection follows that of the Library of Congress mixed the Lynn-Peterson Classification System.


The university is a member of the Association of Colleges and Universities of the Canadian Francophonie, a network of academic institutions of the Canadian Francophonie.[2]

It was announced from autumn 2017, that St. Paul's, will begin offering, a joint distance learning, Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL) and joint civil masters in canon law with St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, Ireland.


See alsoEdit



  • Schlitt, Dale M.; Saint Paul University. (2008). Université Saint-Paul : hier, aujourd'hui et demain = Saint Paul University : yesterday, today and tomorrow. Ottawa: Université Saint-Paul = Saint Paul University. ISBN 978-0-919261-60-0.

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