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Principal's Welcome Message

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 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.

The formal study of theology at St. Mark’s College has many dimensions: intellectual, vocational, and pastoral. They exist not as unconnected entities but as rich dimensions of the human questing for meaning, as St. Anselm would have it, “faith seeking understanding.”

To that end we provide an environment and a faculty that share in the larger and universal undertaking of our global church to respond in a discerning and faith-filled way to the “spirit of the times,” to bring a vital faith perspective to the diverse challenges of our era, deepening our connection to the centuries-old Catholic Intellectual Tradition, delving ever more deeply into the numerous spiritualities that distinguish our history.

If it is true that the Catholic university does the thinking for the church, then we have a daunting task, a necessary task, a task embedded in a Gospel vision, a task that ennobles as much as it humbles.


Dr. Michael W. Higgins

Principal, St. Mark’s College at UBC