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Faith Sharing

Using prayer, shared experiences, and explorations of faith, we can enhance the spiritual life of ourselves, our College community and beyond.

Spiritual Formation

Spiritual formation is an integral component of every academic program at St. Mark's College.  Once a month, on the Saturdays that class is scheduled, students gather with the Campus Ministry team to discern their unique vocation through spiritual readings, professional workshops, and guided prayer and retreat opportunities. It is a way to build community, as well as to get students to connect their academic learning and their prayer lives.

All graduate students, alumni, and members of our neighbouring community are welcome. Learn More

Faith Development with BA Students

Committed to the care and development of the whole person, faith development is the intentional practice of setting aside time to engage in conversations about life, faith, and our own personal relationship with Jesus. Once a week, student cohorts gather with a member of the Campus Ministry team to grow in faith and community through spiritual readings, attending conferences, and participating in guided prayer and retreat opportunities. Learn More

Lenten Liturgy & Lunch 

Every Wednesday during Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, join the Community of St. Mark’s in prayer and dialogue about contemporary hot-button issues. This program will encourage all who are gathered to cultivate the world anew. Learn More

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Christians of all denominations and all persons of good will are invited to gather to pray for unity during the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Leadership Prayer Breakfast

This annual event, hosted by City in Focus, attracts over 1,000 people from all walks of life: public servants, business leaders, not-profit organizations and students. Together, we offer support and pray for those who serve in elected positions in our community. A Q&A session held after the breakfast concludes the program.

Every year, our students engage in this opportunity to gather with local leaders who have vast experience in prayer and action, participating in God’s work for good in our city and around the world.

Inter-faith

We welcome persons from all faith backgrounds. Inter-faith dialogue and collaboration at and from our campus enriches our community socially and spiritually. Aware that not all who belong to our community are Catholic and that we cannot meet everyone’s spiritual needs, we are committed to making connections with people who can.



For more information about faith sharing opportunities available on-campus, please contact the Campus Ministry Office.





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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

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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
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SUMMER INSTITUTE FAQ


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]



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