The Scarboro Foreign Mission Society is a Roman Catholic missionary society involved in mission overseas and in Canada.

Founded in 1918 by Fr. John Fraser, a priest of the Archdiocese of Toronto, Scarboro Missions’ initial purpose was to train and send missionary priests to China. In those early days, Scarboro Missions was known as the China Mission Seminary.

China’s government forced Scarboro missioners to leave the country in 1952. Following that traumatic event, our missioners gradually dispersed to various countries of the world — to countries in Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and more recently in Africa.

In keeping with the spirit of the Second Vatican Council and at the urging of lay Catholics, Scarboro Missions began accepting lay missioners in the 1970s. Today, Scarboro priests and lay missioners work side by side and in co-operation with other mission groups all over the world.

Our founder, Monsignor John Mary Fraser

Fr. John Fraser, the founder of Scarboro Missions, was born to a Scottish immigrant family living in Toronto in 1877. He finished his undergraduate studies at St. Michael’s College and wishing to study for the priesthood was sent to Collegio Brignole Sale in Genoa, Italy. Here, he met missioners returning from their work abroad and his own mission vocation was awakened.
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Historical Overview

Through the Years, is a decade-by-decade look at our story as told in the pages of Scarboro Missions magazine and its precursor China magazine from the inaugural issue in 1919 to the 1990s. Written by Grant Maxwell, this article appeared in two instalments in the January and February 1993 issues of Scarboro Missions magazine as part of the Society’s 75th anniversary celebrations.
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SFM Deceased: Those who have gone before us

From 1918 to 2008, more than 200 Canadian priests and more than 100 Canadian lay missioners have contributed their generous service and dedication to Scarboro Missions. A 58-page memorial booklet (in PDF format) was issued for Scarboro’s 90th anniversary celebrations on November 9, 2008. Please note that the names of the deceased appear in chronological order according to the date of their death. This memorial booklet is presently being updated to include the names of those who have died since the booklet was produced.

Pictures of the 90th Anniversary celebrations can be viewed in the Photo Gallery.