University description (as per official university website)
At the invitation of Henry Marshall Tory, first president of the University of Alberta, the Catholic community founded an affiliated College on the University campus in 1926. There was a pressing need for Catholic post-secondary education in the province, and Archbishop John Joseph O'Leary responded to this need by inviting the Christian Brothers to take over the College administration.
The College housed up to 100 men in very close quarters and provided university courses in Christian apologetics, ethics and philosophy. Beginning with the College's first rector, Brother Rogatian, Christian Brothers on staff were members of several faculties in the early years of the University.
When in 1963 the Brothers relinquished control, Archbishop John Hugh MacDonald invited the Basilian Fathers to assume responsibility for St. Joseph's. During the next decades, Campus ministry gained a greater visibility on campus while the College considerably expanded its academic offerings.
In most Catholic educational institutions, lay women and men have assumed ever greater responsibilities, and St. Joseph's College is no exception. In administration, academics, and pastoral care, lay persons are living out their baptismal calling in a visible and dynamic way.
St. Joseph's College is a university community established by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton and affiliated with the University of Alberta. The College is committed to discover, integrate, and disseminate truth, as revealed by God, discerned by reason, experienced in community.
To realize this mission, Saint Joseph's College
offers courses in Christian theology and philosophy to students enrolled in all University programs
celebrates God's blessings through Eucharistic liturgy and communal prayer
serves the University community through campus ministry
creates an environment conducive to individual and group study and research
calls forth involvement in all facets of student life
provides an on campus residential experience for men and women
seeks to further dialogue with the University and the wider community