On Jan 6, 1932, Archbishop James McGuigan called on Fr. Celestine, Superior of the St. Francis friary in Regina, to discuss with him plans for opening a major seminary in Regina. Archbishop McGuigan asked for the Franciscans to forego the closed retreats that they had been offering and instead use their house for the education and formation of future priests. The Franciscan’s house at 2107 McIntyre Street, which the Franciscans had moved into in June 1931, was considered an ideal location for a seminary.
After careful discussions, on July 2, 1932, the Provincial, Fr. Ambrose, sent a telegram:
Province has accepted Regina Cleri Seminary. Also accorded Father Celestine spiritual director. Definitorium meets next Friday and will nominate a professor. Ambrose. Provincial.
Preparations moved along quickly. Along with appointing professors, the friars also worked to paint, varnish, and repair the house for the opening of classes. The Franciscan community moved out into the annex, leaving the whole of the building for seminary purposes.
Regina Cleri Major Seminary officially opened its doors on Sep 13, 1932 and the first classes took place on Sep 21, 1932 with 18 seminarians registered.
Left page: The autographic registration of the first directors, professors, and seminarians of Regina Cleri Seminary, 1932
Right page: Newspaper clippings featuring the opening of the Seminary and a photograph of the building on 2107 McIntyre Street