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Meet the Team

The dynamic Campus Ministry Team provides opportunities for all who visit our campus to grow in knowledge and love of the Catholic faith

Alexandria Fung

Director, Office of Campus Life and Ministry

Alexandria (Lepore) Fung was born in London, Ontario. After graduating from King’s University College at Western University (BA, 2012), with honours in Catholic Studies, she continued studying theology at Saint Peter’s Seminary (MDiv). Mid-way through her graduate studies, Alexandria transferred to St. Mark’s College where she graduated with a Master's in Religious Education (MRE, 2016). While studying theology, Alexandria also gained experience working as a member of a university campus ministry team at King’s, first as a student intern and eventually as the Campus Minister to Youth (2008-2012). She re-assumed a campus ministry role, as Director of the Office of Campus Life and Ministry at St. Mark’s College and Corpus Christi College at the University of British Columbia (UBC), in November 2015.

Alexandria’s vision of ministry can be summarized with the words: relational and reciprocal. After leaving London,  she learned these fundamental values through her leading and learning from inter-faith groups, including co-members of King’s Center for Jewish-Catholic-Muslim-Learning (CJCML), and from Dene Aboriginal persons of one of Canada’s missionary dioceses, the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith. In the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, Alexandria co-founded and served as the Associate Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, participated as a member of the ecumenical Yellowknife Ministerial Association, and volunteered with marginalized teens living on Yellowknife’s streets, and those in prison (2012-2015).

With tremendous support from her husband, Erwin, Alexandria continues her studies to complete a Canadian Certificate in Catholic Youth Ministry Studies (CCYMS).

Fr. Robert Allore, SJ

Pastor - Chaplain

Fr. Robert Allore arrived at St. Mark’s Parish and the University of British Columbia (UBC) in January of 2012 after a decade on the campus of the University of Toronto. His university studies began in biology at the University of Ottawa. Upon completion of his studies in Ottawa, Fr. Rob moved to the University of Toronto where he obtained a PhD in Immunology. After several years of research activity, he joined the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), and was ordained to the priesthood in 2001. Before moving to Vancouver, Fr. Rob worked for several years at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital investigating the genetics of nervous system development. During those years, he also assisted the Catholic chaplain at the Newman Center, at the University of Toronto.

It is his pleasure and honour to be associated with the young and growing population of St. Mark’s and the Catholic chaplaincy at UBC. In particular, the Science and Faith Reflection group, which meets throughout the academic year, is one of his favourite projects at St. Mark’s.

Kevin Eng

Coordinator of Music Ministry

Kevin’s passion for teaching music and performing became a reality in 2005 when he left his full-time job in software development and began teaching, arranging, performing, and directing music full-time. Prior to that year, he had been performing as a musician for wedding ceremonies and special events, as a keyboard player in the orchestra for music theatre performances. Kevin was also involved in music ministry at Saint Paul’s Church (Richmond), as a piano player during Sunday Mass, and as worship leader for youth retreats.

Kevin currently serves as the Coordinator of Music Ministry at St. Mark's Parish at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and teaches music privately and at the Pacific Life Bible College (Surrey).

Kevin has had classical training in piano, and holds the Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT) teacher’s diploma.

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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


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]

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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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