Our two largest fundraising ventures are related to each other. The first project (Renovatio) is the building of a new seminary residence, chapel, and classrooms at St Philip's Seminary. St Philip's Seminary is run by the Toronto Oratory, and trains seminarians from all over the world, the majority of whom are from the USA and Canada. In supporting this work of St Philip's, we are helping to build up the Church in the USA and Canada and further afield.
Our other main project has been the installation of paintings by Ken Woo in Holy Family church where the seminarians of St Philip's serve, sing, and pray. We are convinced that a sound liturgical formation is important for future priests.
In addition to helping to complete the new seminary building, we are convinced of the ongoing importance of the sacred music program and the liturgical vestments studio at the Toronto Oratory for the enhancement of Catholic worship. Increasingly the beauty of their weekly music and liturgical arts is being made available to a wider audience via the internet.
The Toronto Oratory, moreover, has begun to broadcast talks, night prayers, and the annual Oratory Summer School for the education and formation of laity. Due to restrictions on travel during the current pandemic, St Philip's Seminary developed online philosophy and theology courses for seminarians. The Oratory's 2020 Appeal seeks donations to increase their capacity for these internet apostolates.