Principal's Welcome Message

Dear Students and Friends:

On behalf of the faculty, staff and Board of Directors, I would like to welcome you to St. Mark’s College at the University of British Columbia. As the Catholic college affiliated with UBC, we have the distinct advantage of welcoming you into an inclusive and dynamic community, founded by the Basilian Fathers and now working in the Jesuit, Ignatian tradition. St. Mark’s College offers 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 our Continuing Education program.

We are especially celebrated for our small class sizes and for the dedicated focus we have on our students, which ensures that they are connected meaningfully to our community, and that they are never just a number.

St. Mark’s College was granted full accreditation in 2018 by The Association of Theological Schools (ATS), the major accreditor of graduate theological education in North America. St. Mark’s College prides itself on preparing learners for the real world, ready to tackle the important theological questions of our times, and understanding that this foundation underpins all that we do in our communities, both locally and internationally. Our goal is to help everyone engage deeply in spiritually rich understandings informed by our two-thousand-year-old Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

The formal study of theology at St. Mark’s College is based on the conviction that everything we do connects us more fully with the world at large in a meaningful and transformative way. As Pope Francis has himself put it, “You cannot speak of Catholic education without speaking about humanity.”

Thank you for choosing St. Mark’s College. We look forward to having you here.


Dr. Gerry Turcotte

Principal, St. Mark’s College at UBC