St. Peter's Seminary (Diocese of London, Ontario)

St. Peter's Seminary is a Roman Catholic seminary located in the Diocese of London, Ontario, Canada. The seminary is a fully accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada. St. Peter's Seminary is the major seminary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of London in Ontario. It is affiliated with King's University College, a Catholic affiliate of The University of Western Ontario. The current rector of St. Peter's Seminary is Father Denis Grecco.

St. Peter's Seminary
St. Peter's Crest.png
Motto"I will give you shepherds according to mine own heart"
- Jeremiah 3:15
TypeTheological college and seminary
AffiliationRoman Catholic
RectorFather Denis Grecco
DeanDr. John Dool
1040 Waterloo Street
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N6A 3Y1
ColoursBlue and gold
AffiliationsKings University College,
Western University, ATS

St. Peter’s Seminary is Canada's oldest English-speaking Roman Catholic diocesan seminary. Since it was founded by the Diocese of London in 1912, the seminary has produced more than 1,000 priests (including 23 who became bishops) and has educated permanent deacons and lay graduates.


Seminary building c. 2012


Gates of St. Peter's Seminary c. 2012

St. Peter's seminary was founded by the Right Reverend Michael F. Fallon, OMI, who was the bishop of London at the time.[1] The seminary opened its doors on September 15, 1912.[2] The students were initially housed and taught in the Bishop's Residence, which later became the rectory of St. Peter's Cathedral Basilica. However, this building is no longer present.

The 25-acre riverside site on which the Seminary stands was donated by Sir Philip Pocock, from a prominent London Catholic family. The Seminary is constructed of Credit Valley stone, and is designed in the Collegiate Gothic style. The cornerstone of the present building was laid by Bishop Fallon on May 31, 1925, and the official opening of the St. Peter's Seminary building was celebrated on September 29, 1926.[2] The main entrance rotunda features a marble statue of St. Michael the archangel, carved in Rome and presented from Bishop Fallon upon the Seminary’s opening.


The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas was dedicated on June 18, 1930. A new wing was added to the building in 1957, which houses the auditorium, library and recreational facilities.[3] In 1968 the chapel was renovated. The seminary interior was renovated in 1970. In 1983 the library was doubled in size, and the main floor of the building renovated. In 1987 St. Peter's Seminary purchased the St. Thomas Scholasticate, the former house of formation for students of the Congregation of the Resurrection. The renovated and newly named Aquinas House was opened on the 27 October 1991 and housed transitional deacons in the formation program. Aquinas House currently houses workshops in formation, summer institutes, retreats and other programs for ministry.


Bishop Ronald Fabbro, CSB, Bishop of London, announced that St. Peter's Seminary would undergo a full modernization and restoration in 2015.[4] The renovations were to upgrade the interior, including 60 seminarian rooms, as well as new faculty suites, offices, classrooms, and common spaces. In addition, the exterior stonewalls and slate roof were restored, and modern heating and cooling systems were installed.[5] The $30-million renovation was funded by a $23-million contribution from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton, and $7 million of revenue generated from the seminary's land sale to King's University College.[6][7]


These programs are currently offered at St. Peter's Seminary:[8]

Degree programsEdit

Non-degree programsEdit

  • Lay Leadership Program
  • Breaking Forth Certificate Programs

Diocesan programsEdit

St. Peter's Seminary FoundationEdit

St. Peter's Seminary Foundation is a public charitable organization whose sole purpose is to fundraise for St. Peter's Seminary so as to help build its faith and its future. The foundation does this by acting as a vehicle for fundraising, creating conditions for effective fundraising, mobilizing community support and exercising exemplary fiduciary and stewardship practices.[9]

Notable alumni (Bishops and Cardinals)Edit

St.Peter's Seminary has graduated a number of notable alumni who have been elevated to the rank or bishop; they include:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "St. Peter's Seminary | London Public Library". Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  2. ^ a b Prieur, Rev. Michael (2010-04-23). "Seminary a vision of sunshine". The London Free Press. Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  3. ^ "Mission and History - St. Peter's Seminary". Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  4. ^ "St. Peter's Seminary to undergo $30 million renovation". Diocese of London. Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  5. ^ Thompson, Chris (2015-10-30). "Bishop Fabbro announces $30 million restoration of London's St. Peter's Seminary". Windsor Star. Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  6. ^ "$30M renovation for St. Peter's Seminary in London". CTV News - London. 2015-10-29. Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  7. ^ LeBel, Jacquelyn (2015-10-29). "London's St. Peter's Seminary Announces $30-Million Renovation". (CFPL AM) AM 980. Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  8. ^ St. Peter's Seminary Programs Archived 2009-03-31 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ St. Peter's Seminary Foundation[permanent dead link]

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Coordinates: 43°00′44″N 81°15′10″W / 43.0121°N 81.2528°W / 43.0121; -81.2528