COVID-19 Info and Updates   Learn More »

Formation for Lay Ministry Scholarship

The new Formation for Lay Ministry Scholarship will support the ongoing formation of people serving in a variety of parish and non-parish ministries within the RCAV. Recipients of this new scholarship will receive full tuition and fee remission for foundational courses. Multiple scholarships are available.

Recipients will join a community of adult learners serving in a variety of contexts and roles and will cultivate essential theological and pastoral skills for faithful and effective ministry in an increasingly complex and diverse world. Recipients of the scholarship will have the option of counting both courses towards the College’s Graduate Certificates or Master of Arts programs in Pastoral Studies or Religious Education.

Lay ministers serving in the Archdiocese of Vancouver who have demonstrated involvement in ministry are encouraged to submit their completed applications online by November 30. Successful applicants will be notified by December 13. For more information, please contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille

View the application
Application due November 30, 2021, 11:59 PM

Details of Award

Recipients of this scholarship will receive full tuition and fee remission for any two of the following three foundational courses:


This introductory course explores a variety of interrelated themes in theological method and reflection from a Catholic perspective, including: the nature of revelation, faith, tradition and theology; the relationship between faith and reason; the mediation of revelation in scripture, liturgy and the dogmatic traditions of the Church; and the nature and role of the magisterium, infallibility, the development of doctrine, and the sensus fidei.


This course provides students with a solid foundation in the study of the Bible that will support their ministry and future studies. This course covers both the Old and New Testaments in their own contexts, thematic parallels between them, and gives attention to how the Catholic intellectual tradition engages these textual traditions.


This course explores a variety of interrelated themes in the history, theology and practice of ministry, including: ministry in the New Testament and in the history of the church; Vatican II and contemporary theologies of ministry; formation and spirituality for ministry; the nature of charism and vocation; the practice of ministry and theological reflection; and ethics for pastoral ministry.

Terms and Eligibility

  1. Recipients must meet the admission requirements of St. Mark’s College.
  2. The Scholarship is open to all lay persons who have demonstrated involvement in ministry (e.g. RCIA, PREP, Youth Ministry, marriage preparation, catechesis, faith-sharing, prison ministry, social justice ministry, etc.) in the RCAV. Applicants may serve as volunteers or as employees who receive a stipend or salary for their ministry.
  3. This Scholarship is open to those who are not already eligible for the Archbishop’s Scholarship for Leadership in Catholic Education. Those who teach within CISVA are encouraged to apply for the Archbishop's Scholarship.
  4. Preference will be given to applicants who are new to the College.
  5. In order to receive funding for their second course, recipients must first successfully complete (defined as attaining a course grade of 70% or better) their first course.

print_r( $wpdb_results[0] );
Array ( [meta_value] => a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:27:"content-area_editor_content";s:2856:"

Summer Institute

Ready to be inspired and kickstart your own learning? Take advantage of the St. Mark’s Summer Institute, where you will attend virtual classes in real-time over a three-week period and then have many weeks left in which to finish coursework at your own pace. New and returning students have the option of completing a Catholic Core course, an elective course, or both.

Courses run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 5-23, 2021. Students have until late August to complete their coursework.

The Summer Institute offers all who are interested - including those who work in education, parish ministry, healthcare, and other professions - the opportunity to engage deeply in reflection and discussion and earn course credits, in a more intensive format than the usual three-month term.

SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture (Fr. Nick Meisl)
Morning class, 8:30am - 12:00pm
Courses run weekdays from July 4-15, 2021.

Discover a basic introduction to Scripture for students without previous background in Scripture. This course covers both the Old and New Testaments in their own contexts, thematic parallels between them, and gives attention to how the Catholic intellectual tradition engages these textual traditions.

Afternoon class (Elective course) – More details to come


Spotlight on student experience

"Deciding to take the Catholic Core Courses at St. Mark’s College, particularly during Covid-19, has been one of the smartest decisions of my life. At first, I felt some trepidation as I last undertook an academic course 9 years ago; however, the entire experience has been so positive and enlightening, I am delighted I did and would definitely encourage others to undertake them as well.

The learning environment is very collegial and supportive; in our classes, our contributions were always valued, not only by the professors, but also by our classmates. It is a wonderful way of learning from each other and forming new relationships. My teaching ministry will definitely be informed by my study at SMC: I am actually looking forward to sharing what I have learned with my students and colleagues. My faith life and appreciation of the liturgy has benefitted, too, from these studies on Scripture and Theology and the readings we have done in class; my choice of bedtime reading material now isn’t novels but the Bible and Apostolic Exhortations! Every Christian Education teacher should take the Catholic Core at St. Mark's College - it’s a great place to learn and grow in your faith!"

- Ann Marie McGrath, Educator
Summer Institute 2020[/letter]

[button link="" newwindow="true"]Register for Courses[/button]



Is it required that I come to Vancouver for the Summer Institute courses?

No. Attending classes virtually is always an option we offer to students who live outside of Metro Vancouver.
This year, due to COVID-19, all students will be taking their Summer classes virtually through live online courses.

Synchronous, asynchronous, online, virtual, Zoom. So many new terms - how will my classes be offered?

Many people hear “online class” and think of a series of pre-recorded lectures and online interaction with no real-time interaction with a human. That’s not how our courses are offered.

Your classes will be virtual. The live online courses taking place in a digital classroom with real-time instruction and opportunities for face-to-face interaction with your professor and classmates.

Classes run on weekdays for three weeks in July on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be a daily live lecture and class time. There may be required readings before each class and most other coursework is completed after classes end. You will have until late August to complete papers and other coursework.

Throughout the course you will be interacting with your professor and fellow classmates.

How do I access my online courses?

St. Mark’s College uses an online learning platform through UBC called Canvas. After you have registered for the course, you will be contacted by the Registrar's Office with instructions for accessing your course materials. If you have questions, please contact Chisom Onwuli at [email protected].

Will I be able to talk to my instructor and classmates?

Yes. The course design and video software allows for two-way interaction. You will be able (even encouraged) to interact with your professor and classmates and engage in discussions.

What is the cost of taking a Summer Institute course?

The Summer Institute courses are full 3-credit courses. The tuition cost can be found on the Tuition and Fees webpage.

As many of our students previously paid tuition in person, there are also special instructions on how to pay tuition during COVID-19.

How do I get the readings and books for my courses?

The list of required textbooks can be found through the online textbook list.

Readings may be shared directly by your professor or accessed through the libraries of St. Mark’s College and UBC.

Do I qualify for admission?

We have admission categories to accommodate various backgrounds including those with no previous post-secondary education, or those who wish to take classes as “auditing students” without going through the full application process. Visit our Admission Requirements webpage for more information.

If you’d like to speak to someone about starting your studies with St. Mark’s College, email [email protected].

More Questions?

Contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille
Email: [email protected]

";}} )
print_r( $meta_value );