Atlantic School of Theology

Atlantic School of Theology (AST) is a Canadian public ecumenical university that provides graduate level theological education and undertakes research to assist students to prepare for Christian ministries and other forms of public leadership.[3] It is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and its enrolment is approximately 160 degree and non-degree students.[2] Persons of all religious traditions, or none, are welcome to study at AST.

Atlantic School of Theology
Atlantic School of Theology (logo)
MottoExcellence in Ecumenical Theological Education
Typeecumenical university
PresidentNeale S. Bennet
Academic staff
9 full time; 12 sessional[1]
Canada660 Francklyn Street Halifax
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Canada B3H 3B5
ColoursBlue, Burgundy and White    


Atlantic School of Theology is a public ecumenical university that serves Christ's mission by shaping effective and faithful ordained and lay leaders and understanding among communities of faith.


Atlantic School of Theology was founded in 1971 and formally incorporated on June 28, 1974, by an Act of the Legislature of Nova Scotia.[1] Atlantic School of Theology is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission.

AST was formed in 1971 through a merger of the following institutions:

Theological education has been offered on the property in Halifax since 1878. AST occupies the former campus of Pine Hill Divinity Hall situated on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in eastern Canada.

The university received its charter to grant degrees in 1974 from the government of Nova Scotia. In 1975, fire destroyed the Holy Heart Theological Institute.[5] In 2002, AST and nearby Saint Mary's University signed a collaboration agreement.[3] The two universities remain independent.

Academic programs

AST's degree programs include the Master of Divinity - offered on campus (30 credits over 3 years) or in a blended campus/internet format (30 credits over 5 years, including a work placement) - and the Master of Arts (8 credits as a second theological degree or 18 credits as a first theological degree). The Master of Arts in Religious Studies and Theology is offered in collaboration with Saint Mary's University. The M.A. degree is usually pursued in preparation for doctoral studies, for vocational formation, or for personal enrichment. The M.Div. degree, which is usually pursued in preparation for service to faith communities, may also be undertaken at the Honours level (35 credits). Both M.Div. and M.A. students may choose to write a thesis.

Atlantic School of Theology's ecumenical degree programs also prepare students for chaplaincy in the contexts of health care, universities, prisons, and the military.

AST also offers a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (10 credits); an Adult Education Certificate in Theological Studies (4 components, fully online); a Diploma in Youth Ministry; and a Diploma in the New Evangelization. An expanding number of Continuing Education offerings is part of AST's non-credit programming.

Independent researchers and scholars, the public, area clergy, and those undertaking sabbaticals are welcome to make use of AST's library resources.


The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA) is jointly sponsored by Atlantic School of Theology and Saint Mary's University.

Notable alumni/ae

See also


  1. ^ a b "Facts About AST". Atlantic School of Theology. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Full-time plus Part-time Enrolment 2017-2018" (PDF). Association of Atlantic Universities. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  3. ^ a b "ABT's History". Atlantic School of Theology. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  4. ^ The Story of Atlantic School of Theology, 2010, retrieved 3 March 2018
  5. ^ Holy Heart Seminary 50th Anniversary from Beaton Institute, retrieved 3 March 2018

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Coordinates: 44°37′45.91″N 63°34′37.28″W / 44.6294194°N 63.5770222°W

Alliance of Nova Scotia Student Associations

The Alliance of Nova Scotia Student Associations (ANSSA) was the largest post-secondary student advocacy group in Nova Scotia, Canada and the largest student organization in the Atlantic Provinces. In 2012 it was renamed Students Nova Scotia. The organization historically represented 80-87% of the province's university students. It worked towards improved funding for education in Nova Scotia and the elimination of real and perceived financial barriers for university students.

ANSSA's member organizations were the Dalhousie Student Union, the Acadia Students' Union, the Atlantic School of Theology Students' Union, the St. Francis Xavier University Students' Union, the Saint Mary's University Students' Association, and the Cape Breton University Student Union.

Don Young (bishop)

Donald Arthur (Don) Young was the third bishop of Central Newfoundland: he held the See from 2001 until 2004.

Young was born in 1944 and educated at the Atlantic School of Theology and ordained in 1977. His first post was a curacy at Buchans.

Education in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax, Nova Scotia has the largest selection of education options in Atlantic Canada.

Eric Balcom

Eric Wilfred Balcom, (March 13, 1909 – May 31, 1989) was a businessman, political figure, and Companion of the Order of Canada.Born in Port Dufferin, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Balcom moved to Wolfville in 1938. He established two nursing homes there. Balcom then operated the Paramount Hotel and Cottages from 1942 to 1970. He was Mayor of Wolfville from 1950 to 1955 and ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Parliament in 1953.

Balcom was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in 1956, representing Kings North as a Liberal. He re-offered in the 1960 general election, but was defeated.Balcom was president of the Atlantic School of Theology, the Nova Scotia Kidney Association, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Wolfville Board of Trade.Balcom returned to Port Dufferin in 1970. He was appointed to the Order of Canada on June 20, 1983.In 1989, Balcom died as a result of a car accident.

Geoffrey Hall

Geoffrey M. Hall has been Dean of Fredericton since 1 September 2014.Geoffrey Hall was born in Woodstock NB on (1961-05-10) May 10, 1961, graduating from Woodstock High School in 1979. In 1986 he graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a degree in Education (BEd) with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in General Science. Admitted as Master of Divinity (MDiv - Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax) in 1990, he was ordained deacon that same year and priest in 1991.

He served in parishes of the Diocese of Fredericton: St. Philip's, Moncton, Central Kings, St. Paul (Saint John), the Tobique (Plaster Rock), Grand Bay and Ketepec (1993-2003), Archdeacon of St. Andrews (2001-2003) and Executive Assistant to the Bishop of Fredericton and Diocesan Archdeacon (2003-2014).

Higher education in Nova Scotia

Higher education in Nova Scotia (also referred to as post-secondary education) refers to education provided by higher education institutions. In Canada, education is the responsibility of the provinces and there is no Canadian federal ministry governing education. Nova Scotia has a population of less than one million people, but is home to ten public universities and the Nova Scotia Community College, which offers programs at 13 locations.

Laird Stirling

R. Laird Stirling (born August 22, 1938) is a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral district of Dartmouth North in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1978 to 1988. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party.Stirling was born in Noranda, Quebec. He attended the Atlantic School of Theology and McMaster University. He is a minister and has also worked as a hospital chaplain. He is married to Carolyn Wilson.Stirling entered provincial politics in the 1978 election, defeating Liberal cabinet minister Glen Bagnell by over 1,600 votes in Dartmouth North. In June 1979, Stirling was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Social Services. He was re-elected in the 1981 election, and was moved to Minister of Consumer Affairs in December 1981. Following his re-election in 1984, Stirling continued to serve as Minister of Cumsumer Affairs until February 1987, when he was moved to Minister of Environment. In November 1987, Stirling was shuffled again, becoming Minister of Municipal Affairs. He was defeated when he ran for re-election in 1988, losing to Liberal Sandy Jolly by 121 votes.

List of Canadian students' associations

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Mary Jo Leddy

Mary Jo Leddy, (born 1 February 1946) is a Canadian writer, speaker, theologian and social activist.

Leddy is widely recognized for her work with refugees at Toronto's Romero House. She began working for the centre as a night manager in 1991, and has been its director since then. .

In 1973, she was the founding editor of the Catholic New Times. She is author of the books "Say to the Darkness We Beg to Differ" (Lester and Orpen Denys, finalist City of Toronto Book Award), Reweaving Religious Life: Beyond the Liberal Model (Twenty Third Publications, 1990), At the Border Called Hope: Where Refugees are Neighbours (HarperCollins, 1997 and finalist for the Trillium Award, Radical Gratitude (Orbis Books, 2002), "Our Friendly Local Terrorist" (Between the Lines 2010) and "The Other Face of God: When the Stranger Calls Us Home" (Orbis 2011).

Leddy was the recipient of a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto with a thesis titled "The Event of the Holocaust and the Philosophical Reflections of Hannah Arendt." She studied under the direction of Emil Fackenheim, and she is currently a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto, and a board member of PEN Canada and Massey College. After thirty years as a member of the Roman Catholic Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, she left the congregation in 1994.

Leddy received the Human Relations Award of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews (1987), the Ontario Citizenship Award (1993), and the Order of Canada (1996).She has received several honorary doctorates:

D.Litt. - York University (1993)

D.Litt. - Mount Saint Vincent (1994)

LL.D - Windsor (1990)

LL.D. - Waterloo (1995)

DD - St. Andrew's

D.M. - Catholic Theological Union, Chicago (2008)

Honorary Fellow, University of St. Michael's College (2015)

DD - Atlantic School of Theology (2016)

Michael Shute

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Shute is a co-editor of Journal of Macrodynamic Analysis.

Northwest Arm

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Richard William Smith

Richard William Smith (born April 28, 1959) is a Canadian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the eighth and current Archbishop of Edmonton, having previously served as Bishop of Pembroke from 2002 to 2007.

Rosemary Godin

Rosemary Godin is a former Canadian politician and current writer and Christian minister. She was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in the 1998 provincial election. She represented the electoral district of Sackville-Beaver Bank as a member of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party (NDP). She served for one term before she was defeated in the 1999 election.

Following her defeat, she became disillusioned with the NDP and left the party. In the 2003 provincial election, she ran as a Liberal in the riding of Dartmouth North and lost to incumbent NDP Jerry Pye.

Godin is a graduate of Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario with a degree in Communication Arts and a graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton with a BA in English. A long-time advocate for single parents and the poor, she entered the Atlantic School of Theology in 2004 to study theology; she received an M.Div and was ordained by the United Church of Canada in 2009.

Godin continues to write for newspapers and magazines and is a full-time ordained minister with the United Church of Canada in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Russ Hatton

George Russell (Ron) Hatton (1932-2012) was a Suffragan Bishop in the Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Canada.Hatton was educated at the University of King's College. After a curacy at All Saints Cathedral, Halifax he was the chaplain at Dalhousie University. He was the incumbent at Lantz then the Director of the University Episcopal Centre, Minneapolis. He was the National Affairs Officer for the Anglican Church of Canada from 1972 to 1977 then President of the Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax.

He died on 14 January 2012.

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Students Nova Scotia

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Its six member associations represent close to 18,000 students on campuses across the province.

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William MacDougall

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He was born in Kentville, Nova Scotia, the son of James Lorn MacDougall and Gertrude Isabel MacLean, and was educated in Summerside, Prince of Wales College, the Pine Hill Divinity School (now the Atlantic School of Theology) and the University of Edinburgh. In 1966, he married Patricia Ann Campbell. MacDougall served congregations in Freetown and North Bedeque. He also taught a religious studies course at the University of Prince Edward Island.

He won the Assemblyman's MLA seat for 4th Prince in the 1978 provincial election by defeating Liberal incumbent Catherine Callbeck who would later serve as the province's Premier. In 1985, he resigned his seat to accept a transfer to a church in Middleton, Nova Scotia.

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