Accreditation & Governance


Newman Theological College (NTC) is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).

NTC is considered a freestanding private college within the post-secondary educational system of Alberta. It has been empowered to confer academic degrees, diplomas and certificates in the field of religious sciences. The charter was granted on April 29, 1969, during the second session of the 16th Legislature (Private Bill #4). It was updated by an act of Alberta Legislature on November 15, 1993 by the Newman Theological College Continuance Act.

In 1972 NTC became an associate member of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). In 1988 NTC was granted the status of candidacy in view of a self-study and ATS visitation. Initial accreditation as a member of the ATS was granted in January 1992. Accreditation was extended in 1996, in 2007, and most recently in 2017. We are accredited by the Commission of Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:

The Commission contact information is:
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Telephone: 412-788-6505
Fax: 412-788-6510

The college offers other programs, not accredited by the ATS, which are appropriate expressions of the College’s mission and offer important opportunities for initial ministerial formation and personal enrichment. These programs include the following:

The Mission Statement, which was revised by the Board of Governors in November 2017, guides the life of the College.

The ATS acknowledged the College for its commitment to inculturation. The Enculturation program for priests who have recently emigrated to Canada addresses language comprehension, issues relevant to immigrants, and pastoral ministry in the Canadian context and demonstrates an assurance by the College to respond to the needs of the Church in Western Canada.

The College gives priority to the over-arching goal of developing theological understanding. The programs have clearly articulated goals and objectives, exhibit educational integrity, and are directed towards accomplishing the College’s mission. The rich variety of graduate and satellite programs clearly demonstrate the commitment of the College in its outreach to the larger community and are compatible with the College’s primary purpose of providing theological education.

The members of the faculty of Newman Theological College constitute a collaborative community of faith and learning. The teaching faculty are well qualified, nationally and internationally trained, and committed to the mission of the College. The College is also assisted in its mission by a large variety of well qualified and experienced sessional instructors.


The Board of Governors

The Board of Governors, as the major governing body of the Newman Theological College Corporation, oversees the governance of the College's operations and its financial administration. The Board also appoints the President of the College.

2019-2020 Membership


Most Rev. Richard Smith - Archbishop of Edmonton, Chair

Dr. Jason West - President

Rev. Stephen Hero - Rector for St. Joseph Seminary

Board Members

Mr. Salvatore Amelio - Vice-Chair and Governance Chair
Mrs. Tracey Bailey
Sr. Zoe Bernatsky - Faculty
Mrs. Meagan DeRoo McConnan, CA - Finance Chair
The Honourable Mr. Justice Kevin Feehan - Chancellor
Mr. Brian Holdsworth
Rev. Terry Kersch, C.S.B. - St. Joseph College Representative
Mr. Jamie McNamara
Dr. David Peacock
Mr. Jonathan Quist - NTCSA President
Mr. Ryan Risling
Mrs. Patti Walsh - Foundation of St. Joseph Seminary & Newman Theological College Representaive

The Academic Senate

The Academic Senate of Newman Theological College is responsible for the educational policies of the College. It concerns itself with policy making in areas such as curriculum programs and institutes, admission standards, awarding of degrees, diplomas and student bursaries.

2019-2020 Membership


Dr. Jason West - President

The Honourable Mr. Justice Kevin Feehan - Chancellor

Rev. Stephen Hero - Rector for St. Joseph Seminary

Dr. Ryan N.S. Topping - Vice-President and Academic Dean

Mrs. Maria Saulnier - Registrar


Elder Elizabeth Letendre
Mr. Jonathan Quist - NTCSA President
Sr. Anne Rajotte - Women Religious
Rev. Kris Schmidt - Council of Priests
Ms. Sandra Talarico - Faculty
Ms. Lisa Turchansky - ECSD School Trustee
Rev. Stephen Wojcichowsky - Ukrainian Catholic Diocese

The Foundation of St. Joseph Seminary & Newman Theological College

Charitable Registration Number 89348 1465 001

The Foundation is established to carry on all activities dedicated to the advancement of the following goals: theological education, priestly formation of seminarians, and other purposes of a charitable nature beneficial to Newman Theological College and St. Joseph Seminary and to the community as a whole. Its goals are to raise and distribute funds for the purpose of carrying out the missions of the Seminary and College in conformity with the policies established by the Board of Governors of Newman Theological College and the Board of Regents of St. Joseph Seminary.

Board of Governors

Most Rev. Richard Smith - Archbishop of Edmonton, Chair
Dr. Jason West - NTC President
Rev. Stephen Hero - St. Joseph Seminary Rector
Patti Walsh - Treasurer

Mary Beth Jankovic
William Kenny
Joe Ladouceur
Mark Anielski
Ave Spratt

Foundation Staff

Connie Lunde - Executive Director
Jamie Hodgson - Development
Anna Jaremko - Events & Design Coordinator
Joan Harrison - Planned Giving
Maria Baca - Events & Design Coordinator
Jennifer Dela Cruz - Administrative Assistant