Message from the Principal
Dear Students and Friends:
Welcome to St. Mark’s College, the “Catholic centre” of the University of British Columbia. We are the affiliated Catholic college of the University of British Columbia. Continuing in the tradition of our founders, the Basilian Fathers, we offer undergraduate and graduate programs for aspiring academics, Catholic teachers and other working professionals, as well as for those interested in
spiritual and intellectual development through Continuing Education. We play a crucial role at the UBC, offering small classes, accessible faculty and a community environment focussed on forming engaged, compassionate leaders of conscience.
The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) , the major accreditor of graduate theological education in North America, granted full accreditation to St. Mark’s College in 2018 following an eight-year, multi-phase process. Not all Colleges seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation. Full accreditation in the ATS helps establish St. Mark’s credibility in graduate theological education, and is a great achievement for our community.
The Catholic philosopher Etiénne Gilson remarked “Faith comes to intelligence as a light that overflows it with joy and inspires it with a certitude that does away with question.” St. Mark’s is a community steeped in the joy of the Christian message, and offering a wealth of resources, human and material, that proclaim the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition.
As a community of students, teachers, scholars, administrators and pastors, we are interested in meeting individuals where they are on the journeys of both life and faith. I invite you to visit us in person to learn more about how we can help you on your journey.
Dr. Peter Meehan
Principal, St. Mark’s College at UBC