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Saint Paul University

Saint Paul University
Guigues Hall, Saint Paul University
Established 1965
Type Public
Pontifical university
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate)
Chancellor Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa
Rector Chantal Beauvais
Students 733
Undergraduates 170 full-time + 260 part-time
Postgraduates 260 full-time + 90 part-time
Location Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Campus Urban
Affiliated university University of Ottawa
Affiliations AUCC
NDEA (International affiliate)

Saint Paul University (French: Université Saint-Paul) is a Catholic Pontifical university federated with the University of Ottawa. It is located on Main Street in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and is entrusted to the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The enabling legislation is a civil charter passed by the government of the then-Province of Canada in August 1866, and a pontifical declaration promulgated by Pope Leo XIII on 5 February 1889.[1] Like the University of Ottawa, Saint Paul University is a fully bilingual institution, offering instruction in English and French.


  • History 1
  • Programs 2
    • Major institutions and other major subdivisions 2.1
  • Mission 3
  • Partnership 4
  • Alumni 5
  • See also 6
  • Bibliography 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


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 university's civil faculties.

Although the government wished to preserve the university's Christian character, it was felt that a separate institution would better fulfill the needs of the city's Catholic community. The two universities became federated, and while Saint Paul University retains the authority to grant its own degrees, it reserves the right to jointly award degrees with the Senate of the University of Ottawa.


The university currently houses four faculties: Human Sciences, Philosophy, Theology and Canon Law. Within these faculties are housed programs in 19 disciplines, ranging from the undergraduate to the doctoral level. Such disciplines include: Anglican Studies, Biblical Studies, Canon Law, Canonical Practice, Conflict Studies, Counseling and Spirituality, Eastern Christian Studies, Ecclesiastical Administration, Ethics, Group Facilitation, Ministry, Pastoral Theology, Philosophical Theology, Philosophy, Public Ethics, Religious Education, Social Communications, Spirituality, and Theology.

Major institutions and other major subdivisions

The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Eastern Christian Studies, including the Eastern Orthodox, non-Chalcedonian, Assyrian, and Eastern Catholic churches.


Deschatelets Residence, Saint Paul University

Saint Paul University offers education for both the laity and candidates for ordination in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Eastern Catholic Churches. The Bachelor of Theology and Master of Pastoral Theology (similar to the Master of Divinity) are the standard ordination-track degrees.


The university is a member of L'Association des universités de la francophonie canadienne, a network of academic institutions of the Canadian Francophonie.[2]


See also


  • 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.  


  1. ^ About SPU - History
  2. ^ AUFC

External links

  • Official website
  • Future Students Portal
  • Housing and Residence Website
  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada profile
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