History and Tradition
The title of the school, "Regina Mundi", translated from Latin actually means "Queen of the World", in reverence to Mary, Mother of God. Our school motto, "Valeam Tibi Servire", means "That I may be worthy to serve you". The school colours of gold and blue signify the "Kingship of Christ, and the Queenship of His Blessed Mother". The three crowns on our school crest signify the concept of the Holy Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Regina Mundi actually began as a Junior Seminary. If you have had the opportunity to visit our library you would note wooden chairs with the letters "RMS" engraved on them. This is because our school was originally called "Regina Mundi Junior Seminary". We first opened our doors in 1963, with the intent of preparing young men who showed an interest in becoming a Priest. The original purpose of the school was to foster vocations for the Diocesan priesthood, and to provide a firm basis for religious studies.
Regina Mundi was established by Bishop John Cody in 1963 as an institution for the training of candidates for the diocesan priesthood. Father Joseph Finn was appointed as Rector of the Junior Seminary and placed in charge of the six priests and two laymen charged with the responsibilities of nurturing the spiritual, physical, intellectual, and social development of students in preparation for study at a senior seminary. Sixty young men who expressed a desire to be a priest were admitted to Regina Mundi in the first year.
It was a much different time when RMC was a seminary. The day began at 6:45a.m. with mass. At 7:40 breakfast was served, and at 8:40 it was back to the Chapel for the Rosary. Students then went off to class for the remainder of the day. At night, students were at study hall from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., and lights were out by 9:45. The students were allowed to return home for one long weekend a month, and families were invited to visit the boys every other Sunday.
In 1967 a fairly major change took place. The school was re-named Regina Mundi College, and it became a boy's boarding school. It was run in much the same way as the Junior Seminary, but now the clientele was drawn from all over the world. RMC catered to a number of boys who came from Canada, the United States, South America, Central America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
The focal point of R.M.C. is the Chapel, which has a seating capacity for 250 with a small balcony at the rear. The gymnasium was built to the north east and served as an auditorium for 900 people. A third wing accommodated other classrooms and science laboratories, as well as four student activity rooms. A few religious sisters performed light house keeping duties at the college and resided in a small convent on site.
In 1983 a fairly momentous decision changed the direction of Regina Mundi College forever. Regina Mundi College was incorporated into the London and Middlesex County Roman Catholic School Board. At that time, Catholic Central was the only Catholic secondary school in London. Due to the fact that there was a significant growth of interest in Catholic Education, it became quickly obvious that another school was urgently needed. Regina Mundi Catholic College became a co-ed school for the first time. The boarders were undoubtedly pleased that girls would be coming to the school! The boarding school continued until 1987, when it was decided to end the boarding component of the school. For the first time, RMC became a full time Co-ed day school.
In 1988 Regina Mundi Catholic College went through a major reconstruction. A new double gym and library were added, and the dorms on the second and third floors were changed into classrooms. ARMO (Association of Regina Mundi Old boys) Hall was changed into what is now the school's Technological Studies wing.
The last major change occurred in 1998 when the new London District Catholic School Board was created.
Regina Mundi College has been a significant feature on the London landscape for a number of years, and has produced a number of fine graduates who have gone on to significant careers. A number of graduates went on to become priests, including Father Martin Royackers, Father Pasquale Stilla, Father Clare Coleman, Father Jim Higgins, Father Tery Runstedler and Father Dave Boutette. One of our graduates, Mr. Edmund Ho, was appointed the Administrator for Macau when the territory was returned from Portugal to China. Other notable graduates include Jennifer Hedger (TSN announcer), Jason Williams (NHL player), Jason DeVos (professional soccer player), Steve Patterson (comedian), Ingrid Kavelaars (actor), Monique Kavelaars (Olympian), Brandon Prust (NHL player), Neil Rooney (Post Doctoral Researcher), Liz Trinnear (Host for MuchMusic and CTV's eTalk) and Brendan Evans (Crown Attorney).
Our unusual history has created an unusual situation for us. We have former students who were only a part of the boarding school, former students who experienced the boarding school and the day school and former students who only experienced the day school. The former boarding students have established an Alumni Association. It is called ARMO (Association of Regina Mundi Old Boys). They have been fairly active in the school. On Saturday, October 22, 2005, they held a boarding school reunion that was very well attended, made a donation to the Regina Mundi Catholic College Memorial Garden, and each year they provide bursaries for RMC students. The ARMO Bursary Committee is made up of 3 individuals. Mr. Dan Van Londersele, (a Simcoe area Businessman/Politician who chairs the committee), Mr. Larry Hemeryck (a Simcoe area Accountant who acts as the Treasurer), and John Dumanski (a Simcoe area farmer who acts as Secretary). These gentlemen solicit funds, invest funds, and watch over funds on behalf of the Alumni Association. All income from investments is given back to Regina Mundi Catholic College in the form of award bursaries. Every year the Alumni Association gives out 6 awards to graduating students of Regina Mundi Catholic College.