Undergraduate Certificate in Catholic Studies

The Certificate in Catholic Studies has been designed for those who want to explore Catholicism's rich intellectual, spiritual, moral and cultural traditions and living heritage.


The Undergraduate Certificate in Catholic Studies consists of five courses (15 credits) and is open to students across all academic specializations. Whether you are seeking to deepen your understanding of Catholicism, aspire to engage with your faith, or just want to learn something new, the Undergraduate Certificate in Catholic Studies program has something to offer you.

Student journeys

There is more than one path toward the Certificate in Catholic Studies. This Certificate can complement coursework from a variety of disciplines and benefit students with different academic interests and professional goals. You might be interested in the Certificate in Catholic Studies if...

  • You are studying biology with the hope of being a science teacher in the Catholic school system.
    Your current degree may not have room for faith-based electives but theology is important to you. The Certificate in Catholic Studies would allow you to deepen your faith journey in a liberal arts learning environment.

  • You are completing an undergraduate degree in psychology and you want to be prepared to work with Catholic and Christian communities.
    The Certificate in Catholic Studies is an additional credential that would set you apart from other applicants in your future job applications.

  • You currently attend Corpus Christi College and have already completed three of the five courses necessary for the Certificate in your first two years of study.
    You have completed more than 50% of the certificate! You are transferring to a larger public university such as UBC or SFU but would like to complete the Certificate. You would only need to take two more courses at St. Mark’s College.

  • Certificate Requirements

    The Certificate in Catholic Studies consists of five courses. Choose courses from the following four categories – both courses in the Required Category must be taken; choose one from each of the other three categories:

    • Required Courses—Both courses must be taken


      • RELG 204: Explorations in Catholicism
      • THEO 402: God, Christ, Church*

      *THEO 402 is the preferred course. THEO 400 and 401 are possible options – with permission from the Dean of Theology.


    • Category 1—Choose one course


      • RELG 101: Introduction to the Old Testament
      • RELG 102: Introduction to the New Testament
      • RELG 201: Themes in Scripture
      • Another undergraduate scripture course – with permission from the Dean of Theology


    • Category 2—Choose one course


      • RELG 207: World Religions
      • RELG 200: Modern Catholic Social Teachings
      • RELG 208: Major Shapers of the Christian Tradition (Augustine to Aquinas)
      • RELG 209: Major Shapers of the Christian Tradition (Ignatius of Loyola to Merton)
      • RELG 225: Christianity and Science: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
      • RELG 240: Explorations in Catholicism
      • Another RELG course – with permission from the Dean of Theology


    • Category 3—Choose one course


      • THEO 405: Liturgy and Sacramental Life
      • THEO 435: Catholic Ethics
      • ENGL 320: Modern Catholic Literature and Culture (12 credits 1st and 2nd year ENGL prerequisite required)
      • HIST 330: Early Church History: Ideas and Their Development (12 credits 1st and 2nd year ENGL prerequisite required)
      • HIST 425: Modern Church History (12 credits 1st and 2nd year ENGL prerequisite required)
      • Other possible 300 or 400 level courses – with permission from the Dean of Theology



    Tuition and Fees

    The most up-to-date tuition and fees for undergraduate courses can be found under "Admissions."

    View Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

    If you are registered at another BC post-secondary institution where you pay for health and dental, U-Pass, etc, you are not required to pay those fees at St. Mark’s College. 

    Admissions Requirements for the Undergraduate Certificate in Catholic Studies

    Applicants should be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student in a post-secondary institution or a recent graduate.

    All applicants must submit:
    • (I) A letter of intention. The document should be about 1-2 pages and must contain the following: description of your academic/professional experiences and involvements and how these have prepared you to succeed in the program; your educational goals and expectations in the program; and any other experiences relevant to the program.
    • (II) Transcript of academic record from all post-secondary institutions attended (Original copies must be sent directly to St. Mark's College from the granting institution)
    • (III) Non-refundable application fee

    Please note that there are no references needed for this program.

    Applications should be submitted via MyLion.

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    Questions

    Our Admissions Counsellors are happy to discuss the program with you. Connect with them!
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 604-822-4463 (main College line) or 604-314-5403

    Are you seeking a robust, flexible, and cost-effective formation to enrich your faith and ministry?


    The Continuing Education Certificate in Theology (CECT) allows lay ministers, leaders, and other students who do not wish to obtain a Graduate Certificate the opportunity to gain a robust biblical and theological formation which will enrich their faith and ministry (e.g., PREP, RCIA, Youth and Young Adult Ministry).

    This flexible and cost-effective program allows for more active engagement with the course content than is possible by auditing courses, as students taking courses for a CECT are required to complete readings and an integration assignment for each course, for which they receive feedback from their instructor. Compared to a Graduate Certificate, the financial investment of a CECT is significantly lower and academic credit is not offered since the academic requirements are not as rigorous. Those who take courses towards a CECT will join a vibrant community of learners composed of others pursuing a CECT, as well as individuals working towards a graduate-level credential and auditors.

    For each course taken at the CECT-level, students will receive either a pass or fail. Those who successfully complete the following 15 credits of study at the CECT-level (readings and integration assignment required for each course) will be granted a CECT at the Convocation ceremony:

    Required courses (9 credits):

    • THEO 501: Foundations of Theology
    • SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture
    • THEO 530: Christian Morality OR THEO 525: Theology of Ministry

    Electives (6 credits) obtained in one of the following three ways:

    • 1. Any two, 3-credit courses taken at the CECT-level
    • 2. Any four, Continuing Education 15-hour courses taken at the CECT-level
    • 3. Any one, 3-credit course at the CECT-level and any two, Continuing Education 15-hour courses taken at the CECT-level


    Please note that courses taken at the CECT-level do not give advance credit for graduate courses.

    What is the cost of the CECT?

    For each course taken, CECT students are charged the audit tuition rate ($550) plus a $100 marking fee for a 3-credit course or $50 marking fee for a Continuing Education 15-hour course. The only other fee CECT students are assessed is the registration fee.

    Why St. Mark’s College?

    Forming ministers and leaders has been central to the mission of St. Mark’s College since its inception in 1956. An affiliated theological college at UBC, St. Mark's College is a centre of excellence for Catholic higher education in British Columbia. It is the only Catholic institution in British Columbia that grants theological degrees (graduate and undergraduate) and that is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), the major accreditor of graduate theological education in North America. In recent years, the College has been entrusted by Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver (RCAV) to assist with the formation of candidates for the Permanent Diaconate and has partnered with the Catholic Independent Schools of the Archdiocese of Vancouver (CISVA) to form Catholic teachers and administrators.

    By offering all courses synchronously online via Zoom, St. Mark's College seeks to make theological education accessible to adult learners while allowing for real-time interaction among students and with instructors. The result is a dynamic community of learners in which persons from a variety of ministerial backgrounds grow and reflect together on the relationship between the Christian tradition and their practice of ministry. Our instructors are accessible to students for virtual or in-person meetings outside of class time. In addition, each year during our Summer Institute, students have the opportunity to take a selection of classes in-person. All St. Mark's College instructors who teach theology have received a mandatum from the Archbishop of Vancouver and are knowledgeable about the ecclesial reality of the local church.

    Questions?

    Please contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille at St. Mark’s College for information
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 604-822-4463 Ext. 129


    Summer Institute

    A Community of Faith and Learning
    July 4-15, 2022


    Come learn and pray in a vibrant community of faith at St. Mark's College on the beautiful University of British Columbia campus. This year's Summer Institute includes both graduate and continuing education courses, liturgies, a special workshop and BBQ, and other opportunities for learning and discussion.

    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.

    Public Workshop

    • Perspectives on Truth, Reconciliation, and the Catholic Church (Friday, July 8)


      Perspectives on Truth, Reconciliation, and the Catholic Church
       Deacon Rennie Nahanee
      Friday, July 8, 2022
      6:30pm–8:00pm
      Free and open to all - Register on Eventbrite

      Come learn from and be inspired by Deacon Rennie Nahanee as he shares with us his rich experience in fostering reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. A Squamish Nation Elder and Catholic Deacon, Deacon Rennie served as Coordinator of First Nations Ministry for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Recently, Deacon Rennie has been working to integrate Squamish language and culture into the liturgy and services at the St. Paul’s Indian Church on the Squamish Mission Reserve in North Vancouver, an initiative which has captured local and national attention. 

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    Courses for Graduate Credit or Continuing Education (Auditing)

    Classes take place from July 4 - 15, with work due until late August.
    20% course discount applies to seniors 65 years and over upon verification by the College Admissions Department.


    • THEO 585: Local Church, Global Catholicism (July 4-15)


      THEO 585: Local Church, Global Catholicism
      Hansol Goo
      Monday-Friday, July 4-15, 2022 (2 weeks)
      8:30 am–12:00pm
      $1,110 for graduate credit tuition (plus additional student fees) | $555 for continuing education (audit)

      What does it mean to be a Catholic in culturally diverse Vancouver? The Catholic Church professes that the universality of faith is expressed in the particularity of the local church. By examining this claim through historical, theological and pastoral lenses, students will gain an understanding of the rich diversity in global Catholicism.

      Hansol Goo is a PhD candidate in Theology at University of Notre Dame. Her research and teaching interests include contemporary liturgical and sacramental theology, spirituality, ritual studies, material culture, and theology of immigration. Hansol holds a Licentiate degree in History and Cultural Heritage of the Church from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Her most recent publication “Benedict XVI and Sacred Art: Suffering and Conversion through Seeing the Truth” is published in Italian in Papi e l’Arte: Tra Religione, Estetica, e Spiritualità (G&B Press, 2022).

      To register for graduate courses for credit, you must first be a student of St. Mark's College. Learn about our Admissions Requirements and How to Apply. Contact [email protected] for more information.
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    • SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture (July 4-15)


      SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture
      Fr. Nick Meisl
      Monday-Friday, July 4-15, 2022 (2 weeks)
      1:30pm–5:00 pm
      $1,110 for graduate credit tuition (plus additional student fees) | $555 for continuing education (audit)

      This course provides students with a solid foundation in the study of the Bible that will support their ministry and future studies. SCRI 505 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.

      Fr. Nick Meisl is an Assistant Professor at Corpus Christi and St. Mark’s Colleges where he teaches the Bible. In addition, he serves in parish and high school ministry. He completed his License from the Pontifical Biblical Institute and is currently a PhD candidate at Durham University.

      To register for graduate courses for credit, you must first be a student of St. Mark's College. Learn about our Admissions Requirements and How to Apply. Contact [email protected] for more information.
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    Continuing Education Courses

    Registration has closed for the following Continuing Education courses. If you are interested in these topics and/or future Continuing Education offerings at St. Mark's College, please contact [email protected]ollege.ca.
    • Catholic Music through the CenturiesDr. Carl Bear
    • Evangelization: Theory and Practice - Fr. Davide Lanzani
    • Let the Children Come to Me: Children and Childhood in Early ChristianityDr. John Martens

    Questions?

    See our Frequently Asked Questions below for more information about the Summer Institute.
    For other questions, contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille ([email protected]).


    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

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the benefits of attending the Summer Institute in person?

    Attending the Summer Institute at our St. Mark’s College campus at UBC allows you to be part of our vibrant community of faith and learning. Whether you have been taking virtual courses over the last two years or are just beginning your educational journey at St. Mark’s College, the Summer Institute is an opportunity to build deeper connections with your classmates, instructors, and other members of the St. Mark’s community, both in and out of the classroom, and take part in activities that facilitate meaningful encounter and dialogue.

    What living accommodations are available on campus?

    While St. Mark’s College does not provide housing for students, there are a variety of short-term accommodation options around the UBC campus. Students seeking short-term accommodations during the Summer Institute can contact the following resources directly to reserve a room:
    We encourage you to plan your accommodations early, as space is limited and other conferences and summer programs may be taking place at the same time on the UBC campus.

    What if I can’t attend the Summer Institute in person? 

    If you are interested in taking a for-credit course at the Summer Institute virtually, please contact [email protected].

    Public workshops, continuing education, graduate courses, courses for audit - what’s the difference?

    • A public workshop is open to everyone who wishes to attend, whether or not they are students at St. Mark’s College.
    • Graduate courses (for credit) are open to registered students at St. Mark’s College and involve both in-class lectures, discussions and outside coursework. Credit earned upon successful completion of a course can be applied to a graduate program at St. Mark’s College. Current students can register for graduate courses via My Lion. If you are not yet a student but would like to begin your graduate studies at St. Mark’s College, please review our admissions requirements and application process. Questions? Contact [email protected].
    • Auditing a graduate course is an option for those who are not interested in pursuing a graduate program but who are interested in a particular graduate course. Students who audit a course will not earn graduate credit. They are expected to participate fully in class lectures and discussions but will not be assigned additional assignments outside of class.
    • Continuing education courses are available to anyone with an interest in furthering their learning, whether or not they are students at St. Mark’s College. 

    Where can I find the course materials I need? Will I need to purchase course materials?

    The textbook list for graduate courses will be available on our website in advance of the Summer 2 term. 

    How do I get to the Summer Institute?

    The Summer Institute will be held at St. Mark’s College at UBC, located at 5935 Iona Drive. The UBC campus is readily accessible via public transit, and the UBC Bus Loop is just a ten-minute walk from our campus.

    For those who wish to drive to the College, please note that there is no public parking at the College. There are various options for paid parking at UBC, including the North Parkade, which is a ten-minute walk from our campus. Limited paid parking is available across the street at the Carey Centre, and parking passes must be paid for at the Carey Centre Reception desk.

    What happens if a course I signed up for is cancelled?

    Some courses may be cancelled in the event of low registrations. We encourage you to register by mid-June to ensure the course you would like to take has the minimum number of students needed to move forward. If St. Mark's College has to cancel a course, you will be given a full refund.

    Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Culture

    Are you looking for a degree that supports your intellectual, moral and spiritual formation?


    Inspired by St. Mark’s College’s commitment to authentic Christian humanism, the Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Culture is a four-year liberal arts program that explores the nature of the good life. The BA in Theology and Culture aspires to form engaged citizens and disciples committed to the integration of faith and reason; to encounter and dialogue; and to the development of an ‘integral ecology’ that connects love of God, neighbour, and creation. 

    This program supports the formation of the whole person: intellectual, moral, and spiritual. In this holistic program, students develop their individual potential and discern their distinctive gifts and talents in service to the common good. The focus on the integration of knowledge and practice finds unique expression in the opportunities for service, personalized advising, the BA Seminar, and the BA Capstone. 

    Through a study of the liberal arts including theology, English, and history, students will investigate classical and contemporary texts and perspectives with an eye to cultivating a range of multidisciplinary tools and skills essential for interpreting and responding to the ‘signs of the times’ (GS, #4). Students in the BA in Theology and Culture are prepared for future careers in a number of fields, including social and community services, ministry, and education (elementary, secondary, Catholic, public).

    The BA in Theology and Culture is well-suited for aspiring educators who want to teach in Catholic, faith-based, or public schools. It is recognized by UBC’s Faculty of Education, which means graduates are eligible to apply to the teacher preparation (BEd) program at UBC. Learn more

    Students who intend to pursue graduate studies in theology at the Vancouver School of Theology (VST) can take advantage of an innovative pathway made possible through a partnership between St. Mark’s College and VST. Learn more

    Need help with your application? Contact a recruiter!

    Key features of the BA in Theology and Culture

    Liberal Arts Focus

    A liberal arts education cultivates the essential skills of critical and creative thinking, as well as an ability to communicate. These skills will benefit all students. This program fosters exchanges between the Catholic intellectual tradition, the humanities and the social sciences.

    Learning Environment

    Students in the BA benefit from smaller class sizes, from a dedicated team of professors and advisors working across the liberal arts, and from a strong cohort identity that allows them to learn with and from one another.

    Service Learning Opportunities

    Students in the BA program have a number of service learning opportunities. In second and third year, students may choose to do a non-credit placement in a Catholic social service institution, or Catholic school.

    Volunteer service is also encouraged throughout the years of the degree, whether service to the College community, or through charitable organizations such as the Door is Open, L’Arche, or other non-profit organizations.

    BA Seminar in Theology and Culture

    The BA Seminar in Theology and Culture invites students to reflect personally and collectively on a range of contemporary issues, exploring these topics in dialogue with the Christian tradition.

    BA Capstone

    In their final year students will complete the BA Capstone, an experiential learning project. The capstone provides opportunities for students to explore their interests in areas such as teaching, ministry, social services, non-profit organizations, and more. Students who hope to become teachers will have the opportunity to do a pre-practicum in a Catholic school.

    Courses

    The Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Culture provides a liberal arts education cultivating the essential skills of critical and creative thinking, as well as an ability to communicate. This program fosters exchanges between the Catholic intellectual tradition, the humanities and the social sciences.

    For the first two years of the program, students are cross-enrolled at Corpus Christi College where they can choose from a wide array of courses. In third and fourth year, students take courses exclusively with their BA cohort. Throughout the degree students engage in a range of experiential learning activities within the school and greater community.
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    St. Mark’s College is the right place for you

    Location - Learn on the UBC campus

    St. Mark’s is located right on the UBC campus. That means we can offer our students the ‘best of both worlds’.

    The experience of a big university campus – UBC – and many of the services and amenities UBC offers plus the experience of a smaller campus at St. Mark’s providing a more accessible, supportive learning environment, with smaller classes by design. Students are also eligible to take a UBC course as a visiting student.

    Benefit from Your UBC Affiliate Status

    As a St. Mark’s student, you are also a UBC affiliate student. That means you can take advantage of many UBC services:
    •    Centre for Accessibility
    •    Counselling
    •    Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
    •    Libraries
    •    Recreation facilities
    •    U-Pass
    •    And much more

    Participate in UBC Events and Clubs

    While at St. Mark’s, you can attend UBC events like Storm the Wall and Student Nights at the Pit. You can also participate in organized UBC clubs, and organized intramural sports at UBC, such as volleyball, Ultimate, and more, in addition to the clubs at St. Mark’s.

    Enjoy a vibrant community life

    You can access our St. Mark's Student Life programs for social, personal, and spiritual support. Enjoy the Running Club, Pizza Days, Pumpkin Carving, International Food Forums, and much more. 

    At the heart of our community is the St. Mark’s Parish, where liturgical services are offered throughout the week. The Pastoral team provides numerous opportunities for spiritual formation, service learning, and one-on-one guidance.  

    Specialized Support Programs to Help You Succeed

    Develop the skills you need to achieve your educational and career goals.

    Get from Point A to Point B

    If you already know what your end-goal is, we will help you get there.
    If you do not know what your end-goal is yet, our program can help you figure out your educational and career goals – because we are committed to your success. Our experiential learning will give you the chance to try out different ideas, and our dedicated advisors will work directly with you.

    Be a Name, Not a Number

    You will be assigned your own academic advisor for individual attention and academic support. Professors will know you by name, and are often able to offer academic and career guidance. Through the volunteering and field-based experiences, you can get ideas of potential jobs. You can also find job opportunities at our Career Development Centre.

    Scholarships and Financial Aid

    We offer a dedicated Financial Aid Advisor to help you navigate our scholarship and bursary application process, and apply for government financial aid programs.

    A True Community Beyond the Classroom

    Much more than time in the classroom.

    Make a Difference

    We focus on fostering:
    •    Academic confidence
    •    A nurturing community
    •    Positive values
    •    Social justice in action
    •    Leadership skills

    You will be joining a highly engaged group of students who are active members of their cohort, school and community.

    Beyond the classroom, you can take advantage of experiences dedicated to building all important ‘soft-skills’ through active involvement – such as networking, on-the-job experience, campus life, teamwork and leadership skills.

    Our students are encouraged to give back and make a difference in the world. You can take courses on pressing social issues, travel on service-learning trips, and give back to the less fortunate through a multitude of volunteer opportunities.



    Foundations of the Catholic Faith: Theology for Ministry

    Are you currently involved in or discerning a call to lay ministry?


    Foundations of the Catholic Faith: Theology for Ministry at St. Mark’s College will deepen your understanding and appreciation for the Catholic tradition. Reflect on and respond to your baptismal calling to serve the Kingdom of God in the Church and in the world in a welcoming learning environment. The knowledge and skills developed over the course will not only benefit you, but also the communities you serve.


    Build towards a Master's degree


    If you are thinking about studying graduate theology and this is your first theology course, THEO 500: Theology for Ministry could be counted as the elective toward your master's degree.

    Speak with the dean to learn more and to get permission to take the course for credit: [email protected]


    Course goals

    1. To cultivate one’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ;
    2. To develop a basic understanding of and deepening appreciation for the core elements of the Catholic tradition;
    3. To reflect, both individually and collectively, on the relationship between course content, Christian living and ministerial practice;
    4. To understand and articulate one’s identity as a disciple and minister called to serve the Kingdom of God in Church and world;
    5. To develop further one’s personal spirituality and to cultivate skills for theological reflection, prayer and discernment essential to effective ministry in the 21st century;
    6. To develop an appreciation for life-long learning and spiritual growth.


    About the Instructor

    Dr. Nick Olkovich is an Assistant Professor and holds the Marie Anne Blondin Chair in Catholic Theology at St. Mark’s College. He has served as an RCIA Director, Youth Minister and Parish Catechist.


    Questions?

    Please contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille at St. Mark’s College for information on the next Foundations of the Catholic Faith offering.

    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 604-822-4463 Ext. 129

    Summer Institute

    A Community of Faith and Learning
    July 4-15, 2022


    Come learn and pray in a vibrant community of faith at St. Mark's College on the beautiful University of British Columbia campus. This year's Summer Institute includes both graduate and continuing education courses, liturgies, a special workshop and BBQ, and other opportunities for learning and discussion.

    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.

    Public Workshop

    • Perspectives on Truth, Reconciliation, and the Catholic Church (Friday, July 8)


      Perspectives on Truth, Reconciliation, and the Catholic Church
       Deacon Rennie Nahanee
      Friday, July 8, 2022
      6:30pm–8:00pm
      Free and open to all - Register on Eventbrite

      Come learn from and be inspired by Deacon Rennie Nahanee as he shares with us his rich experience in fostering reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. A Squamish Nation Elder and Catholic Deacon, Deacon Rennie served as Coordinator of First Nations Ministry for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Recently, Deacon Rennie has been working to integrate Squamish language and culture into the liturgy and services at the St. Paul’s Indian Church on the Squamish Mission Reserve in North Vancouver, an initiative which has captured local and national attention. 

      launchRegister - Free to all



    Courses for Graduate Credit or Continuing Education (Auditing)

    Classes take place from July 4 - 15, with work due until late August.
    20% course discount applies to seniors 65 years and over upon verification by the College Admissions Department.


    • THEO 585: Local Church, Global Catholicism (July 4-15)


      THEO 585: Local Church, Global Catholicism
      Hansol Goo
      Monday-Friday, July 4-15, 2022 (2 weeks)
      8:30 am–12:00pm
      $1,110 for graduate credit tuition (plus additional student fees) | $555 for continuing education (audit)

      What does it mean to be a Catholic in culturally diverse Vancouver? The Catholic Church professes that the universality of faith is expressed in the particularity of the local church. By examining this claim through historical, theological and pastoral lenses, students will gain an understanding of the rich diversity in global Catholicism.

      Hansol Goo is a PhD candidate in Theology at University of Notre Dame. Her research and teaching interests include contemporary liturgical and sacramental theology, spirituality, ritual studies, material culture, and theology of immigration. Hansol holds a Licentiate degree in History and Cultural Heritage of the Church from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Her most recent publication “Benedict XVI and Sacred Art: Suffering and Conversion through Seeing the Truth” is published in Italian in Papi e l’Arte: Tra Religione, Estetica, e Spiritualità (G&B Press, 2022).

      To register for graduate courses for credit, you must first be a student of St. Mark's College. Learn about our Admissions Requirements and How to Apply. Contact [email protected] for more information.
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    • SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture (July 4-15)


      SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture
      Fr. Nick Meisl
      Monday-Friday, July 4-15, 2022 (2 weeks)
      1:30pm–5:00 pm
      $1,110 for graduate credit tuition (plus additional student fees) | $555 for continuing education (audit)

      This course provides students with a solid foundation in the study of the Bible that will support their ministry and future studies. SCRI 505 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.

      Fr. Nick Meisl is an Assistant Professor at Corpus Christi and St. Mark’s Colleges where he teaches the Bible. In addition, he serves in parish and high school ministry. He completed his License from the Pontifical Biblical Institute and is currently a PhD candidate at Durham University.

      To register for graduate courses for credit, you must first be a student of St. Mark's College. Learn about our Admissions Requirements and How to Apply. Contact [email protected] for more information.
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    Continuing Education Courses

    Registration has closed for the following Continuing Education courses. If you are interested in these topics and/or future Continuing Education offerings at St. Mark's College, please contact [email protected].
    • Catholic Music through the CenturiesDr. Carl Bear
    • Evangelization: Theory and Practice - Fr. Davide Lanzani
    • Let the Children Come to Me: Children and Childhood in Early ChristianityDr. John Martens

    Questions?

    See our Frequently Asked Questions below for more information about the Summer Institute.
    For other questions, contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille ([email protected]).


    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

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the benefits of attending the Summer Institute in person?

    Attending the Summer Institute at our St. Mark’s College campus at UBC allows you to be part of our vibrant community of faith and learning. Whether you have been taking virtual courses over the last two years or are just beginning your educational journey at St. Mark’s College, the Summer Institute is an opportunity to build deeper connections with your classmates, instructors, and other members of the St. Mark’s community, both in and out of the classroom, and take part in activities that facilitate meaningful encounter and dialogue.

    What living accommodations are available on campus?

    While St. Mark’s College does not provide housing for students, there are a variety of short-term accommodation options around the UBC campus. Students seeking short-term accommodations during the Summer Institute can contact the following resources directly to reserve a room:
    We encourage you to plan your accommodations early, as space is limited and other conferences and summer programs may be taking place at the same time on the UBC campus.

    What if I can’t attend the Summer Institute in person? 

    If you are interested in taking a for-credit course at the Summer Institute virtually, please contact [email protected].

    Public workshops, continuing education, graduate courses, courses for audit - what’s the difference?

    • A public workshop is open to everyone who wishes to attend, whether or not they are students at St. Mark’s College.
    • Graduate courses (for credit) are open to registered students at St. Mark’s College and involve both in-class lectures, discussions and outside coursework. Credit earned upon successful completion of a course can be applied to a graduate program at St. Mark’s College. Current students can register for graduate courses via My Lion. If you are not yet a student but would like to begin your graduate studies at St. Mark’s College, please review our admissions requirements and application process. Questions? Contact [email protected].
    • Auditing a graduate course is an option for those who are not interested in pursuing a graduate program but who are interested in a particular graduate course. Students who audit a course will not earn graduate credit. They are expected to participate fully in class lectures and discussions but will not be assigned additional assignments outside of class.
    • Continuing education courses are available to anyone with an interest in furthering their learning, whether or not they are students at St. Mark’s College. 

    Where can I find the course materials I need? Will I need to purchase course materials?

    The textbook list for graduate courses will be available on our website in advance of the Summer 2 term. 

    How do I get to the Summer Institute?

    The Summer Institute will be held at St. Mark’s College at UBC, located at 5935 Iona Drive. The UBC campus is readily accessible via public transit, and the UBC Bus Loop is just a ten-minute walk from our campus.

    For those who wish to drive to the College, please note that there is no public parking at the College. There are various options for paid parking at UBC, including the North Parkade, which is a ten-minute walk from our campus. Limited paid parking is available across the street at the Carey Centre, and parking passes must be paid for at the Carey Centre Reception desk.

    What happens if a course I signed up for is cancelled?

    Some courses may be cancelled in the event of low registrations. We encourage you to register by mid-June to ensure the course you would like to take has the minimum number of students needed to move forward. If St. Mark's College has to cancel a course, you will be given a full refund.

    VST Track - BA Degree in Theology and Culture

    St. Mark’s College and the Vancouver School of Theology (VST) have launched an innovative new pathway for students without an undergraduate degree who are aspiring to pursue graduate studies in theology at VST.


    Within the St. Mark’s College Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Culture, students can complete an undergraduate degree and take up to eight VST graduate courses in the foundations of theological, pastoral and biblical study to meet advanced program requirements for VST master's degree programs.

    Throughout the degree, all undergraduate students take courses together and participate in a Seminar in Theology and Culture. In third and fourth year, the VST Track students take the eight foundations courses at VST.

    Upon successful completion of the St. Mark’s undergraduate program, students are eligible to pursue admission into a master's degree program at VST (MDiv, MATS, MAPPL, MA IIS) with advanced standing, having already completed the equivalent of one year in VST’s foundation courses.

    Note: Completion of the St. Mark’s BA in Theology & Culture does not guarantee admission to a VST graduate program. Full application and consideration by the VST Admissions committee is required, normally in the final term of undergraduate studies.

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    “Our new partnership with St. Mark’s College gives us the ability to ready students for master’s level study at VST in the neighbourhood. Because VST professors teach in the last year of this undergraduate program through St Mark’s, we extend the period of student formation and provide direct entry to our master’s level programs. This agreement reflects our ecumenical commitments and gives a profound witness to our common faith and commitment to excellent education."

    -Rev. Dr. Richard Topping, VST Principal



    “This ecumenical partnership is a joyous moment for the Community of St. Mark’s at UBC and the Vancouver School of Theology. It reflects our shared interest in engagement and encounter, and our belief that there is more that unites us than divides us.”
    -Dr. Peter Meehan, St. Mark's College Principal


    Contact

    Need help with your application? Contact a St. Mark's College or VST Recruiter to review your course history and eligibility.

    St. Mark’s College
    Email: [email protected]

    Vancouver School of Theology
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 604-822-6502




    Spiritual Formation Schedule

    The Ignatian spiritual formation program is designed to help students, faculty and staff harmonize head knowledge with heart knowledge; integrate academic understanding with their lived faith experience, deepening and enriching the experience of each, and informing the dialogue between study, prayer, and ministry. The program is grounded in scripture and offers many methods for praying with scripture, encountering the living Word of God, and discerning God's everlasting invitation to us as we journey on the path to holiness. Students who will serve as deacons, educators, administrators, and leaders in other ministerial capacities receive tools for sharing these prayer methods with their respective audiences.  

    Fall 2020 

    September 12
    Lectio DivinaThrough prayerful reading and discussion of selected scripture, students will deepen their understanding of encountering the Word of God through the prayer method of lectio divina.
    September 26
    Season of CreationThrough prayerful reading of selected scripture texts and Pope Francis' message for the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, students will explore their own role in caring for creation. 
    October 17
    Principle and FoundationThrough prayerful reading of selected scripture texts and various translations of St. Ignatius of Loyola's Principle and Foundation, students will examine their primary identity as a beloved child of God and how the interplay of their various secondary identities affects their relationships with God, self and others. 
    October 31
    Saints & Our Call to HolinessIn preparation for All Saints Day, students will examine a few saints and look at how their prayer and their mottos reflect their interior attitudes as well as their lived expressions of their faith; explore a few examples of ordinary but holy men and women doing extraordinary things for God; and allow quiet time to reflect on how the saints, individually and as a communion, inspire us and accompany us today.  
    November 14ExamenStudents will learn how to pray St. Ignatius of Loyola's Examen or Prayer of Awareness as a way to be attentive to the presence and invitation of God in their daily life, to give God thanks for blessings, to seek forgiveness and healing, and to trust in God's accompaniment in the day to come. 
     November 28Advent Gospel ContemplationThrough prayerful reading of a selected Advent Gospel pericope, students will learn how to pray with Gospel contemplation, entering into the scene with Jesus and encountering the Living Word of God, and talking with Jesus as a trusted friend.


    Winter 2021

    January 9
    Graced HistoryStudents will pray with selected scripture passages as an entry to reflecting on God's presence, activity and blessing in their lives.
    January 16Graced HistoryStudents will pray with selected scripture passages as an entry to reflecting on God's presence, activity and blessing in their lives.
    February 6
    Voice of GodStudents will learn how to discern God's voice in the Ignatian tradition, with scriptural examples of how God has spoken to others as models for our own attentiveness to God's calling.
    February 20The Name of God is Mercy Through prayerful reading of selected scriptural passages and relevant excerpts from Pope Francis' book, The Name of God is Mercy, students will begin to explore how we can "be merciful as your Father is merciful" (Lk 6:36).
    March 6
    The Name of God is Mercy Through prayerful reading of selected scriptural passages and relevant excerpts from Pope Francis' book, The Name of God is Mercy, students will begin to explore how we can "be merciful as your Father is merciful" (Lk 6:36).
    March 27Holy Week Contemplation Through prayerful reading of a selected Holy Week Gospel pericope, students will learn how to pray with Gospel contemplation, entering into the scene with Jesus and encountering the Living Word of God, and talking with Jesus as a trusted friend.


    Summer 1 2021

    April 10The Fire WithinThrough prayerful reading and discussion of selected scripture and relevant texts, students will identify how our fundamental human need, our longing for intimacy, informs our daily decisions.
    April 17The Fire WithinThrough prayerful reading and discussion of selected scripture and relevant texts, students will identify how our fundamental human need, our longing for intimacy, informs our daily decisions.
    May 8Amazon SynodThrough prayerful reading and discussion of selected scripture and Easter Season reflections on the Amazon Synod by participants, students will have an opportunity to synthesize the experiences of the synod with their own socio-cultural contexts. 
    May 29Amazon SynodThrough prayerful reading and discussion of selected scripture and Easter Season reflections on the Amazon Synod by participants, students will have an opportunity to synthesize the experiences of the synod with their own socio-cultural contexts. 
    June 12Year-end ExamenStudents will have an opportunity to review prayerfully their year through God's eyes with the Prayer of Examen.
    June 19Year-end ExamenStudents will have an opportunity to review prayerfully their year through God's eyes with the Prayer of Examen.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    You have questions, we have answers.


    When are classes offered?

    Courses are offered through weekly, synchronous (live), virtual classes. Certain classes are available for in-person delivery for students who prefer to come to campus.

    I don't live in Vancouver. Can I study from a distance?

    Yes. Synchronous video of the class is available to all students and course work can be done through our learning management system, Canvas. Students are able to engage with the professor and classmates as the classes will be synchronous (live) rather than pre-recorded lectures.

    If I come from a distance, is there somewhere that I can stay overnight on campus?

    Yes, distance students often rent rooms at Carey Centre, which is across the street from St. Mark's College.

    How long will it take me to complete a Master's degree?

    The length of time for completion of a Master's degree depends on how students schedule their course load. Typically, a graduate degree can be completed in 3-4 years. A majority of our students are employed full-time and this often influences how they space out course loads. 

    If a student annually takes two (2) courses in fall, two (2) courses in winter and one (1) course in summer term, they will be able to finish their programs in 3 years.

    I want to take a course but do not intend to pursue a graduate program. Can I audit a course? 

    Yes, many of our credit courses can be taken as audit courses. Auditing a course allows a student to take a class without seeking a grade or credit for a course. Students are expected to do the readings in order to prepare for in-class sessions. Students who audit a course do so for the purposes of self-enrichment and academic exploration. To discuss registration in a course as an auditing student, contact an Admissions Counsellor.

    I do not have a Bachelor's degree. Can I still apply for graduate program?

    Yes. Applicants without an undergraduate degree may apply as non-traditional learners. Under special circumstances, some students may be admitted without a first degree at the discretion of the Dean of Theology. Such applicants must write a history explaining how their work, volunteering, leisure activities, courses have contributed to their learning and preparation to take graduate theological courses. The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada limits the number of students admissible without a first degree to a specific percentage per program.

    Do you have a course catalogue available?

    Yes. All available courses are listed on our website or you can view the PDF Course Catalogue.

    Is financial assistance available for graduate students?

    Yes. Students are eligible for government loans and St. Mark's College has scholarships available. Meet with our Financial Aid Officer to explore ways to fund graduate education.

    When are the application deadlines?

    St. Mark's College offers year-round admissions. Apply at anytime. The start dates for each semester will dictate when a student can begin the first class, if they are accepted. 
    Semesters: Fall (September), Winter (January) or Summer (April)

    What is the right program for me?

    Deciding which program is right for you can be a daunting decision. St. Mark’s offers programs in Pastoral Studies, Pastoral Ministry for the Permanent Diaconate, Catholic Educational Leadership, Religious Education, and Theological Studies, each with a mix of core and concentration courses.

    Review each program
    and contact one of our Admissions Counsellors to discuss the program options and find out which is the best fit for you.




    Frequently Asked Questions

    You have questions, we have answers.


    Do I automatically get into UBC's Faculty of Education after completing the BA in Theology and Culture?

    Those who have graduated with their B.A. from St. Mark's must apply to UBC's Faculty of Education (or elsewhere) as any other student does. The B.A. is recognized by the Faculty of Education at UBC.

    Part of the St. Mark's B.A. program is the focus on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR) with internship experiences in second year, and a pre-practicum in 4th year. These experiences give students a competitive advantage when applying to the Faculty of Education.

    How will this degree help me get a teaching job in Catholic schools in British Columbia?

    The BC Catholic school boards recognize this degree as giving a solid religious foundation for those preparing to be teachers, as well as a solid academic formation.

    What can I expect from first and second year?

    Expect to take sixty credits over the first two years. It is possible to take 5 courses each in Fall and Winter terms, leaving yourself free from May-August, or it is possible to spread courses throughout three or four terms and take fewer courses each term. Speak with an advisor to plan your schedule.

    What can I expect from third and fourth year?

    Third and fourth year consist of 63 credits, thus it is more than a full load of courses. Because of the way the courses are structured, expect to take 2 third year courses during your second or third year Summer term.
    In your third year, 5 courses per term (Fall & Winter)
    Spring (May-June) between third and fourth year, 2 courses
    Fourth year,  4 courses per term (Fall & Winter) plus pre-practicum course (3 credits) over Fall & Winter Term

    What is a Co-curricular Record (CCR)

    A Co-curricular Record (CCR), in addition to one's academic transcript, tracks skills gained through activities completed by a student throughout their program, specifically activities that record growth in teaching as well as spiritual development.

    The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) allows students to find meaningful volunteer and work opportunities on and off campus, and have their experiences documented on an official, printed post-secondary record.


    Meet Our Faculty

    St. Mark's College is blessed to have dedicated faculty that are committed to excellence in Catholic higher learning.

    Benefit from the long and rich Catholic Intellectual Tradition through a rigorous intellectual discourse between yourself and our passionate faculty members. With degrees from Oxford, Gregorian University, Cambridge, Catholic University of America and other respected institutions, our faculty are ready to help you in the search of understanding and knowledge. 

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who is a deacon?
    A Catholic deacon is an ordained minister who shares in the apostolic work of the Archbishop. The title "deacon" comes from the Greek word "diakonos," which means "servant." The vocation of deacon carries the profound responsibility to pour out one's life in service to others, just as Christ who came "not to be served, but to serve."

    Why does the Church need deacons?
    The Second Vatican Council emphasized the Church as Servant to all humanity, in its every condition, weakness and need. As a response to this vision, the Church restored the order of deacons as a concrete sacramental sign of our Lord Jesus Christ, in and at the service of the world. Through his ministry, the deacon serves as a reminder and a challenge to all the baptized, who are called to imitate Christ in their care for others. As Blessed John Paul II said, "the service of the deacon is the Church's service sacramentalized."

    What do deacons do?
    Through their ordination, deacons share, to a lesser extent, in the threefold apostolic ministry of the bishop: a ministry of Word, of Sacrament, and of Charity. Deacons are official teachers and preachers of the Gospel, they preside at celebrations of baptism, funerals, matrimony and they visit the infirm, the imprisoned, and the needy. They do not celebrate Mass, hear confessions, or anoint the sick.

    Do all deacons eventually become priests?
    No. The diaconate was restored as a permanent order, not simply a step to becoming a priest. Men who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood are often ordained to the diaconate. If they are later ordained priests, they do not stop being deacons, in the same way that a man does not cease to be a priest should he be ordained a bishop.

    What is the difference between a deacon and a priest?
    Deacons are ordained "not for the priesthood, but for service." The permanent diaconate is not a lesser version of the priesthood, but a unique vocation unto itself. Unlike a priest, a deacon may have a wife, a family, and a secular job; they are particularly called to bring Christ's service outside of church buildings and ecclesial structures, into their workplaces and family lives.

    May a married man be ordained a deacon?
    Yes, married men may be ordained deacons. Once ordained, however, a man may not marry. Both men who are single at ordination and deacons who are widowed after ordination have an obligation to celibacy. Understanding and valuing celibacy is thus an important matter for all deacons, married or single.

    How is a married candidate's family involved?
    Married men who wish to become deacons must be married for a number of years and have shown stability in their commitment. Moreover, they require the express written consent and support of their wives. Deacons with children must have already provided for, or must continue providing for their children; their ministry must not unduly affect their family life. A deacon's wife and children are of good reputation, leading strong Catholic lives in and outside the home.

    What is expected of the wife of a deacon?
    The wife of a diaconal candidate must be willing to participate, to the extent required, in her husband's formation, in order to understand the possible impact on her and on their family. The wife of a deacon is not obligated to any official or public ministry once her husband is ordained. There is no single model for her to follow and she may choose her level of involvement in ministry freely. Many wives are and continue to be heavily involved in ministry, but this involvement flows from their baptismal call as Christians, not as a result of their husbands' ordination.

    Do deacons quit their jobs to work for the church full-time?
    The majority of deacons remain employed at their secular jobs, but some deacons may be hired part-time or full-time to hold various positions within the Church as the Archbishop deems necessary. They are paid in the same manner as laypeople.

    How will a married deacon find time for ministry with a job and a family?
    It is important to remember that the deacon extends the sacramental presence of Christ's service outside of the church and into the secular world. A deacon is just as engaged in his ministry when he is at home or at work; he is a permanent and public sign of Christ the Servant, not matter where he is, or what he is doing. That being said, each deacon will collaborate with his family, his employer, his pastor, and his bishop on how to meet the needs of his ministry.

    Is there an age limit for deacons?
    In the Archdiocese of Vancouver, candidates must be between the ages of 35 to 65 at the time of their ordination.

    Do candidates need to have university degrees?
    Candidates to the diaconate need not hold university degrees, but they require the educational preparation to complete the academic theological component of the formation program, which is currently entrusted to St. Mark's College.

    How are candidates trained for the diaconate?
    The formation program rests on four pillars: human, spiritual, theological, and pastoral. Candidates build upon their existing human qualities to prepare for ministry, further developing the ability to work collaboratively with others, the capacity to relate to others' feelings maturely and appropriately, and the willingness to grow in the virtue of chastity.

    Spiritual formation will consist of study days and annual retreats, days of recollection, and the regular guidance of a spiritual director. Candidates are expected to deepen their existing spiritual life through frequent participation in the celebration of the Eucharist, regular reception of the Sacrament of Penance, constant reflection on Holy Scripture, and dedication to the public prayer of the Church, the Liturgy of the Hours.

    The academic component of theological formation will consist of a Diploma in Pastoral Studies. Candidates are placed in one of two streams based on their past academic work. The Graduate Diploma stream requires the work of a three-credit graduate course, and can later be used towards a Master's Degree. Those in the Diploma stream may not use their courses toward a degree, as they are assigned less work, chiefly one integrative assignment per course. Candidates who meet the requirements of the Graduate Diploma must pursue it, unless, for serious reason, the Director permits them otherwise. Diploma candidates may likewise be accepted to the Graduate stream if they qualify as "non-traditional learners."

    The foundation of pastoral formation is supervised fieldwork, which integrates all the components of the formation program. Fieldwork is assigned according to the needs of the individual candidate, including: proclamation and preaching of the Word, homiletics, catechesis, liturgical ministry; liturgical ministry, the administration of the sacraments and sacramentals, service at the altar; works of charity and social justice, work in prisons, hospitals, and social service agencies; and servant leadership, guidance of small groups, volunteers, movements.

    Technical subjects that pertain to specific ministerial activities may also be included in the program: psychology, catechetical pedagogy, sacred music, information technology and so on.

    How long does it take to complete the formation program?
    Diaconal candidates undergo at least four years of formation. The first phase is a one-year period called the aspirancy path. Aspirants and their wives take part in a six-weekend "Human and Spiritual Formation for Aspirancy" program, Friday to Sunday, to assist them in their discernment. The formation takes place in a residential setting, and no formal reports are made on performance or sharing during the workshops. During this period, the aspirant and his wife take time to assess how their lives and their family impacted if he proceeds to ordination. Unmarried aspirants use this time to discern their readiness to commit to celibacy.

    The second phase, the candidacy path, lasts at least three years. Aspirants and their wives must first write to the Archbishop requesting admission and expressing consent to the candidate path of formation. The Advisory Committee makes a recommendation to the Archbishop, who meets with each aspirant and selects those to be admitted to candidacy. Candidates with some theological preparation may be dispensed from courses covering material already studied.

    When does the formation take place?
    The formation of candidates will take place on weekends, evenings, and holidays. Courses at St. Mark's College will take place during formation weekends from September to June during the candidacy phase, but may include courses during the aspirancy phase. There will be a directed reading program during the summer months.

    During the final three years of formation, the candidates spend one weekend together each month (Friday evening to after lunch Sunday). They are also involved in reading and online study throughout the month, and may be asked to attend other seminars or events, along with an annual retreat.

    How are deacons assessed in their readiness for the diaconate?
    Each year of the candidacy, formation personnel will assess the candidate's readiness for ordination: his understanding of the diaconal vocation with its responsibilities and obligations, his human and affective maturity, his growth in the spiritual life, his knowledge of theology, and his practical skills in pastoral ministry. Psychological testing will be administered to all candidates at least before the beginning of the third year of the program. At the completion of each stage of formation, the candidate's spouse will be interviewed by a panel of two members of the Advisory Committee, at least one of whom will be a woman.

    How can I learn more about becoming a deacon?
    Contact the Director of the Permanent Diaconate Program, Msgr. Gregory Smith, who coordinates the overall application process. Msgr. Smith will review what you (and your wife) need to know, and will advise you to schedule an appointment with your pastor to seek his recommendation. Your pastor must confirm that you are: a practicing Catholic for at least five years, of good moral character and reputation, living married or celibate life conscientiously, involved actively in the parish or an ecclesial movement, and living a deep spiritual life by frequent attendance to Mass and participation in additional spiritual activities.

    What happens next?
    If your initial application and pastor's letter suggest that you are a suitable candidate, the Director arranges a tape-recorded Deacon Perceiver Interview to identify your talents and gifts for the diaconate. After the interview, the Director will meet with you (and your wife) to discuss the results as well as any other questions or concerns the two of you may have.

    Suitable candidates are then given a formal application form and two confidential reference forms. Applicants must submit these forms, along with documentation confirming the applicant's age, identity, residency, academic achievement, and any previous theological formation, as well as a personal statement requesting admission into the program, a signed statement from the wife of a married applicant indicating consent for his application, recent photographs of the applicant and his wife, a consent form regarding psychological consultation, and a criminal record check. A medical report from the applicant's physician may be requested. A suitable married couple will interview the applicant and his wife in their home and provide a formal report to the Director and the committee.

    Who chooses the candidates for the diaconate?
    After completing the application process, the applicant is interviewed by three members of the PDP Advisory Committee, using a standard questionnaire. The Advisory Committee makes one of three recommendations to the Archbishop: immediate acceptance, deferral, or refusal. The Archbishop communicates his decision to the applicant by letter.

    What are the key qualities of a deacon?
    Deacons nurture a deep interior life and friendship with Christ that enables them to meet and balance their ministerial, work, and family obligations. Discerning a vocation to the diaconate requires prayer, dialogue and evaluation, as well as the involvement of the candidate, his family, and his parish. With the assistance of many, the Archbishop examines each individual's suitability using objective criteria that rely on the Church's tradition and recognize the particular pastoral needs of the Archdiocese.

    Information from the Permanent Diaconate Office of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver

    Who can become a permanent deacon?

    Diaconal candidates are:

    • Catholic males who have been baptized and practicing the faith for at least five years
    • Between the ages of 35 and 65 by ordination
    • Of good moral character and reputation
    • In a valid, stable marriage, or living celibately if unmarried or widowed
    • Actively involved in their parish or in an ecclesial movement
    • Of sound physical and psychological health
    • Economically stable and self-sufficient
    • Residents of the Archdiocese of Vancouver
    • Living a deep and sacramental spiritual life, as evidenced by their frequent attendance at Mass, reception of the Sacrament of Penance, and participation in spiritual exercises and retreats.


    In addition, married candidates must have the consent and support of their wives, who must be willing to participate in their formation as needed. Diaconal candidates will seek the recommendation of their pastor, who will attest to the above traits, and express judgment as to their suitability to begin formation. Candidates from all cultural, professional and educational backgrounds are welcome.

    Information from the Permanent Diaconate Office of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver

    The Permanent Diaconate

    The Permanent Diaconate is a distinct vocation, or calling, to imitate Christ in His service to all humanity, to bring the world to Christ and Christ to the world.

    The diaconate was established at the time of the apostles. In the early Church, some men were called to become deacons, ordained ministers who served the people of God under the direction of the Bishop. As a response to the recommendations of the Second Vatican Council, the Bishops of Canada reactivated the order of permanent deacons in 1969. In February 2011, Archbishop J. Michael Miller officially restored the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

    Deacons are called to serve. The title “deacon” comes from the Greek word “diakonos,” which means “servant.” Though all Christians by baptism are called to “diakonia,” or service, deacons serve as a public sacramental sign of Christ in and at the service of the world.

    Like a priest, a permanent deacon is a member of the clergy who shares in the ministry of the Bishop. Unlike a priest, he may also have a wife, a family, and a secular job. 

    Read Archbishop Miller's Pastoral Letter on Restoration of the Permanent Diaconate Program (February 2011)

    What do permanent deacons do?

    A permanent deacon is just as engaged in his ministry when he is at home or at work. He is a permanent sign of Christ the Servant, no matter where he is, or what he is doing. Permanent deacons do not celebrate Mass, hear confessions, or anoint the sick; they extend the sacramental presence of Christ’s service outside of the Church and into the secular world. Diaconal service is modeled after the threefold apostolic ministry of the Bishop:

    Ministry of Charity
    A permanent deacon personally serves the poor, the aged, the sick, and the imprisoned, bringing the Gospel to all those in need. He preaches and practices social justice.
    Ministry of Word
    Permanent deacons proclaim the Gospel and preach at liturgical celebrations. They provide catechetical instruction, adult faith formation, and sacramental preparation.
    Ministry of Sacrament
    Permanent Deacons assist priests during Mass, administer baptisms, witness marriages, preside at funerals and wakes, officiate at Benediction and lead community prayer services.

    Information from the Permanent Diaconate Office of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver



    Graduate Programs

    Are you ready to deepen your faith, ask the important questions, and open your mind in an environment of critical enquiry?


    As the College’s mission statement highlights, programs offered are designed to prepare graduates who think rigorously in order to act rightly and serve humanity better.

    St. Mark’s offers programs that are oriented primarily towards ministerial leadership: Pastoral Studies, Catholic Educational Leadership, Religious Education, and Theological Studies.

    All graduate programs begin with a focus on the Catholic theological heritage, offering core courses in Foundations of Theology, Christology and Trinity, Christian Morality, Scripture, and Liturgy and Sacraments.

    Each program then focuses on concentration courses to build professional experience. The experiential programs of Catholic Educational Leadership, Pastoral Studies, and Religious Education then end with a field-based experience which aims to blend theological knowledge with professional experience.

    These degrees serve the fields of education, social services, healthcare and other forms of chaplaincy are part of the mission of the Church, which are foundational to much of the social, educational, and healthcare infrastructure of our province and nation.

    Specializations and degree options

    We offer specialized graduate programs in four distinct areas. Students can complete a graduate certificate of 15 credits, a graduate diploma of 24 or 27 credits, or a master's degree of 39-42 credits. Each master's degree requires the completion of core and concentration courses, culminating in a field-based learning experience, research paper, or a thesis.

    Catholic Educational Leadership

    Attain a critical and constructive understanding of responsible and ethical leadership in educational organizations, to be exercised in the light of faith and the Church. Learn More.

    Pastoral Studies

    Prepare for ministry, learn to integrate theology with ministry practice, and help foster spiritual lives. Learn More.

    Religious Education

    Equip yourself with a deeper understanding of Catholic theology, greater competence in the teaching of religion, stronger leadership in religious education programs, and an enriched spiritual life. Learn More.

    Theological Studies

    Develop a theological foundation that is faithful to the Catholic tradition, sensitive to beliefs of other faith traditions, and aware of the contemporary culture. Learn More.

    Permanent Diaconate

    The formation program of diaconal candidates rests on four pillars: theological, human, spiritual, and pastoral

    THEOLOGICAL formation

    St. Mark's College provides the theological formation for those studying for the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Candidates are placed in one of two streams, graduate diploma and non-graduate diploma, based on their previous education. 


    In 2012, the first group of diaconal candidates started academic studies at St. Mark’s, which the Archbishop asked to partner with the Archdiocese to provide an “intensive theological formation that prepares the candidates for ministry and will also nourish their spiritual life.”

    Human, Spiritual and Pastoral formation

    Human formation refers to the development of skills that help candidates relate to and work with the diverse people of God.

    Spiritual formation consists of retreats, study days, spiritual direction, and commitment to the public prayer of the Church, the Liturgy of the Hours.

    Pastoral formation brings together all components into supervised fieldwork that targets the needs of the candidate: homiletics, catechesis, liturgical ministry, work in social service agencies, hospital and prison visits, guidance of parish groups, volunteers and movements. Formation takes place on evenings and weekends.





    Undergraduate Courses


    Below is a list of the 300 and 400 level courses you can take with St. Mark's College. The Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Culture has required courses as well as the opportunity for some electives.

    Students in first and second year are cross-enrolled at Corpus Christi College for 100 and 200 level courses. These courses are viewable on the Corpus Christi College course listing webpage.

    Senior (300 And 400) Level BA in Theology and Culture Courses

    Explore our courses by subject, or view a full list of undergraduate course descriptions.
    View Course Descriptions

    • Education

      • EDUC 410: Religion in Curriculum and Life of the School
      • EDUC 420: History of Catholic Education in Canada
      • EDUC 430: The Catholic School Teacher: Pre-Practicum Experience
    • English

      • ENGL 310: English Grammar and Usage
      • ENGL 312: History of the English Language (6 credits)
      • ENGL 316: Chaucer and the Middle Ages
      • ENGL 318: Old English Poetry in Translation
      • ENGL 319: English Renaissance and Reformation Literature
      • ENGL 320: Modern Catholic Literature and Culture
      • ENGL 415: Children’s Literature After 1900
      • ENGL 416: Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature
      • ENGL 417: Studies in Contemporary Canadian Aboriginal Literature
      • ENGL 418: Topics in Indigenous Literatures
      • ENGL 421: Tragedy & Film
      • ENGL 448: Shakespeare, Genre, and Religion
    • History

      • HIST 301: British Columbia (6 cr)
      • HIST 311: Britain and European Relations 1750 – 1850
      • HIST 312: Britain and European Relations 1850 – 1918
      • HIST 314: Brian and European Relations 1918 – 1945
      • HIST 313: Britain and European Relations 1945 – present
      • HIST 330: Early Church History: Ideas and Their Development
      • HIST 401: Modern East Asia
      • HIST 420: Topics in Canadian History: Indigenous-Settler Relations in 17th – 21st Century Canada
      • HIST 425: Modern Church History
    • Religious Education

      • RLED 410: Philosophy of Catholic Education
      • SPIR 437: Leadership and Spirituality
    • Theology

      • THEO 310: Vocation, Ministry and Service-Learning
      • THEO 321: The Prophets in The Hebrew Bible, Ancient Near East, and Today
      • THEO 402: God, Christ, Church
      • THEO 405: Liturgy and Sacramental Life
      • THEO 435: Catholic Ethics
      • THEO 451: Biblical Studies
      • THEO 490: Capstone Reflection Seminar




    Our Courses


    Explore our courses by subject, or view a full list of graduate course descriptions.
    launchView Course Descriptions 

    • Catholic Educational Leadership

      • CALR 510: Leadership and Aims of Catholic Education (3.0 Credits)
      • CALR 520: Leadership and Administration in Catholic Schools (3.0 Credits)
      • CALR 521: Catholic Educational Institution (3.0 Credits)
      • CALR 526: Curriculum, Assessment and Evaluation in Catholic Schools (3.0 Credits)
      • CALR 528: Current Issues in Catholic Education (3.0 Credits)
      • CALR 600: Field Based Learning Project/Reflection Seminar (3.0 Credits)
    • History

      • HIST 505: History of the Church (3.0 Credits)
    • Pastoral Studies

      • PAST 501: Pastoral Ministry: The Other
      • PAST 502: Preaching and Liturgical Celebrations (1.5 Credits)
      • PAST 510: Pastoral Ministry: Self (3.0 Credits)
      • PAST 520: Pastoral Theology (3.0 Credits)
      • PAST 530: Ethics in Leadership
      • PAST 530: Ethics in Leadership (3.0 Credits)
      • PAST 532: Spirituality and Liturgical Pastoral Theology (3.0 Credits)
      • PAST 542: Grief and Bereavement (3.0 Credits)
      • PAST 600: Field Based Learning Project/Reflection Seminar (3.0 Credits)
    • Philosophy

      • PHIL 501: Philosophical Themes of Catholic Theology (3.0 Credits)
    • Religious Education

      • RLED 500: Curriculum and Instruction in Religious Education (3.0 Credits)
      • RLED 512: Catechetics (3.0 Credits)
      • RLED 514: Theories of Religious Development (3.0 Credits)
      • RLED 520: Organizational Leadership (3.0 Credits)
      • RLED 600: Field Based Learning Project/Reflection Seminar (3.0 Credits)
    • Scripture

      • SCRI 500: Introduction to the Old Testament (3.0 Credits)
      • SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture (3.0 Credits)
      • SCRI 510: Introduction to the New Testament (3.0 Credits)
      • SCRI 516: Johannine Literature (3.0 Credits)
      • SCRI 521: St. Paul’s Epistles (3.0 Credits)
      • SCRI 532: Torah (3.0 Credits)

    • Spirituality

      • SPIR 501: Introduction to Spirituality (1.5 Credits)
      • SPIR 537: Leadership and Spirituality (3.0 Credits)
      • SPIR 542: Spiritual Traditions in Christianity (3.0 Credits)
      • SPIR 544: St. Ignatius and the Spiritual Exercises (3.0 Credits)
      • SPIR 548: Introduction to the Art and Science of Spiritual Direction (3.0 Credits)
      • SPIR 581: Selected Topics in Spirituality (3.0 Credits)
    • Theology

       
      • THEO 500: Theology for Ministry (3.0 Credits)
      • THEO 501: Foundations of Theology (3.0 Credits)
      • THEO 510: Christology &Trinity (3.0 Credits)
      • THEO 520: The Church (3.0 Credits)
      • THEO 522: Introduction to Catholic Social Teachings (3.0 Credits)
      • THEO 525: Theology of Ministry (3.0 Credits)
      • THEO 526: Christianity and World Religions (3.0 Credits)
      • THEO 530: Christian Morality (3.0 Credits)
      • THEO 540: Liturgy and Sacraments (3.0 Credits)
      • THEO 542: Spirituality of Lay Ministry (1.5 Credits)
      • THEO 550: Foundations of Christian Religious Experience (3.0 Credits)
      • THEO 551: Ecclesiology of Vatican II (3.0 Credits)
      • THEO 560: Christian Anthropology (3.0 Credits)
      • THEO 562: Augustine as Pastor (3.0 Credits)
      • THEO 570: Canon Law for Ministry (3.0 Credits)
      • THEO 581: Foundations of an Ecological Theology (3.0 Credits)
      • THEO 585a: Selected Topics in Theology: Local Church, Global Catholicism (3.0 Credits)
      • THEO 602: Directed Research Project (3.0 Credits)



    St. Mark’s College offers graduate Certificates & Diplomas in Theological Studies, Religious Education, Pastoral Studies, and Catholic Educational Leadership. Students can apply to the program in one of these areas.

    St. Mark’s College offers graduate Certificates & Diplomas in Theological Studies, Religious Education, Pastoral Studies, and Catholic Educational Leadership. Students can apply to the program in one of these areas.

    St. Mark’s College offers graduate Certificates & Diplomas in Theological Studies, Religious Education, Pastoral Studies, and Catholic Educational Leadership. Students can apply to the program in one of these areas.

    St. Mark’s College offers graduate Certificates & Diplomas in Theological Studies, Religious Education, Pastoral Studies, and Catholic Educational Leadership. Students can apply to the program in one of these areas.

    St. Mark’s College offers graduate Certificates & Diplomas in Theological Studies, Religious Education, Pastoral Studies, and Catholic Educational Leadership. Students can apply to the program in one of these areas.

    St. Mark’s College offers graduate Certificates & Diplomas in Theological Studies, Religious Education, Pastoral Studies, and Catholic Educational Leadership. Students can apply to the program in one of these areas.

    St. Mark’s College offers graduate Certificates & Diplomas in Theological Studies, Religious Education, Pastoral Studies, and Catholic Educational Leadership. Students can apply to the program in one of these areas.

    St. Mark’s College offers graduate Certificates & Diplomas in Theological Studies, Religious Education, Pastoral Studies, and Catholic Educational Leadership. Students can apply to the program in one of these areas.

    Catholic Educational Leadership

    Develop organizational skills and management skills, to be exercised in the light of faith and the Church.

    This program is designed for the preparation of administrators in Catholic schools. The program combines reflection on the Catholic theological tradition with leadership theory and practice in the context of Catholic educational ministry.

    Build towards a Master's degree. Credits earned at one level can count towards requirements of a higher level program. Students can start with a Graduate Certificate, build to a Graduate Diploma and then to a Master's degree.

    • Master in Catholic Educational Leadership (39 credits)


      Program Goals

      This program is designed to:
      (1)    foster a deeper understanding and integration of Catholic theology and its connection to Catholic educational leadership;
      (2)    develop the knowledge and skills required for effective educational leadership in Catholic schools;
      (3)    encourage growth in personal and spiritual maturity. 

      CORE COURSES (15 credits)

      PHIL 501: Philosophical Themes of Catholic Theology
      THEO 501: Foundations of Theology
      SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture
      THEO 530: Christian Morality
      THEO 551: Ecclesiology of Vatican II

      CONCENTRATION COURSES (18 credits)

      THEO 525: Theology of Ministry

      And five of the following courses:
      CALR 520: Administration and Leadership in Catholic Schools
      CALR 521: Catholic Educational Institution
      CALR 526: Curriculum, Assessment and Evaluation in Catholic Schools
      CALR 528: Current Issues in Catholic Education
      CALR 510: Leadership and Aims of Catholic Education
      SPIR 537: Leadership and Spirituality
      THEO 585: Selected Topics in Theology

      ELECTIVE (3 credits)

      Any 500-level SMC course

      Note: Students can take an elective course with the other Theological Colleges, with approval from the Dean of Theology.
       

      RESEARCH METHODS (no credits)

      MTHD: Basic Research Skills Modules


      CAPSTONE (3 credits)

      CALR 600: Field-Based Learning Project


      Learning Outcomes

      Students who have successfully completed this program:
      • Students demonstrate an ability to conduct informed biblical interpretation within the Catholic tradition and will demonstrate an understanding of the Church’s teaching and practice from historical, doctrinal, and systematic perspectives;
      • Students demonstrate a thorough understanding of the principles of Catholic educational leadership and develop pastoral skills essential to their application in diverse contexts;
      • Students demonstrate capacities for theory-praxis integration and for theological reflection in the context of Catholic educational leadership.

    • Graduate Diploma in Catholic Educational Leadership (24 credits)


      The Graduate Diploma programs consist of 24 credits of core and diploma specific course work.

      12 Credits from the Core Courses (*including required)
      12 Credits of Concentration Courses

      CORE COURSES (12 credits)

      PHIL 501: Philosophical Themes in Catholic Theology
      THEO 551: Ecclesiology of Vatican II
      THEO 501: Foundations of Theology*
      THEO 510: Christology – Trinity
      THEO 530: Christian Morality*
      THEO 540: Liturgy and Sacraments
      HIST 505: History of the Church
      SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture

      CONCENTRATION COURSES (12 credits)

      THEO 525: Theology of Ministry*

      AND THREE of the following courses:
      CALR 520: Administration and Leadership in Catholic schools
      CALR 521: Catholic Educational Institution
      CALR 526: Curriculum, Assessment and Evaluation in Catholic schools
      CALR 528: Current Issues in Catholic Education
      CALR 510: Leadership and Aims of Catholic Education
      SPIR 537: Leadership and Spirituality
      THEO 585: Selected Topics in Theology


    • Graduate Certificate in Catholic Educational Leadership (15 credits)


      The Graduate Certificate programs consist of 15 credits of core, elective and certificate specific course work.

      9 Credits of the Core Courses
      6 Credits from Concentration Courses (choose 2 courses)

      CORE COURSES (9 Credits)

      THEO 501: Foundations of Theology
      THEO 530: Christian Morality
      SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture

      CONCENTRATION COURSES (choose 2 courses - 6 Credits)

      THEO 525: Theology of Ministry
      CALR 520: Administration and Leadership in Catholic schools
      CALR 521: Catholic Educational Institution
      CALR 526: Curriculum, Assessment and Evaluation in Catholic schools
      CALR 528: Current Issues in Catholic Education
      CALR 510: Leadership and Aims of Catholic Education
      SPIR 537: Leadership and Spirituality
      THEO 585: Selected Topics in Theology

    • Catholic Core (9 credits)


      Catholic Core

      Strengthen your personal faith understanding by starting with our core programming.

      Credits can later be applied to a Graduate Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree, based on eligibility requirements. Learn more


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    Pastoral Studies

    Discover your gifts and develop them for service.

    This program is a professional degree program which provides education for the Church’s mission and ministry in the world. Providing the opportunity for an integration of theology and the practice of ministry, students will become more intentional about their ministerial experiences. 

    Build towards a Master's degree. Credits earned at one level can count towards requirements of a higher level program. Students can start with a Graduate Certificate, build to a Graduate Diploma and then to a Master's degree.

    • Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (42 credits)



      Program Goals

      This program is designed to:
      (1)    foster a deeper understanding and integration of Catholic theology and its connection to pastoral ministry; 
      (2)    develop the knowledge and skills required for effective pastoral ministry in contemporary contexts;
      (3)    encourage growth in personal and spiritual maturity.

      CORE COURSES (24 credits)

      PHIL 501: Philosophical Themes of Catholic Theology
      THEO 501: Foundations of Theology
      SCRI 500: Introduction to the Old Testament*
      SCRI 510: Introduction to the New Testament*
      THEO 510: Christology and Trinity
      THEO 530: Christian Morality
      THEO 540: Liturgy and Sacraments
      THEO 551: Ecclesiology of Vatican II

      * SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture + SCRI 516: Johannine Literature, SCRI 521: St. Paul’s Epistles, SCRI 532: Torah, or others could replace SCRI 500 + SCRI 510


      CONCENTRATION COURSES (12 credits)

      THEO 525: Theology of Ministry
      PAST 501: Pastoral Ministry: The Other
      THEO 570: Canon Law for Ministry

      Plus one of the following courses:
      PAST 510: Pastoral Ministry: Self
      RLED 514: Theories of Religious Development
      THEO 560: Christian Anthropology
      SPIR 537: Leadership and Spirituality
      THEO 585: Selected Topics in Theology

      ELECTIVE (3 credits)

      Any 500-level SMC course

      Note: Students can take an elective course with the other Theological Colleges, with approval from the Dean of Theology.

      RESEARCH METHODS (no credits)

      MTHD: Basic Research Skills Modules

      CAPSTONE (3 credits)

      PAST 600: Field-Based Learning Project


      Learning Outcomes
      Students who have successfully completed this program:

      • Students demonstrate an ability to conduct informed biblical interpretation within the Catholic tradition and will demonstrate an understanding of the church’s teaching and practice from historical, doctrinal and systematic perspectives;
      • Students demonstrate knowledge of pastoral theology and  its cognate disciplines and develop pastoral skills essential to its application in diverse contexts;
      • Students demonstrate capacities for theory-praxis integration and for theological reflection in the context of their chosen area of ministry.





    • Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Studies (24 credits)


      The Graduate Diploma programs consist of 24 credits of core and diploma specific course work.

      12 Credits from the Core Courses (*including required)
      12 Credits of Concentration Courses

      CORE COURSES (12 Credits)

      Choose 12 credits including * required courses

      PHIL 501: Philosophical Themes of Catholic Theology
      THEO 551: Ecclesiology of Vatican II
      THEO 501: Foundations of Theology *
      THEO 510: Christology – Trinity
      THEO 530: Christian Morality *
      THEO 540: Liturgy and Sacraments
      SCRI 500: Introduction to the Old Testament*
      SCRI 510: Introduction to the New Testament*

      SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture + SCRI 516: Johannine Literature, SCRI 521: St. Paul’s Epistles, SCRI 532: Torah, or others could replace SCRI 500 + SCRI 510


      CONCENTRATION COURSES (12 Credits)

      THEO 525: Theology of Ministry
      PAST 501: Pastoral Ministry: The Other
      THEO 570: Canon Law for Ministry

      Plus one of the following courses:
      PAST 510: Pastoral Ministry: Self
      RLED 514: Theories of Religious Development
      THEO 560: Christian Anthropology
      SPIR 537: Leadership and Spirituality
      THEO 585: Selected Topics in Theology


    • Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Studies (15 credits)


      The Graduate Certificate programs consist of 15 credits of core, elective and certificate specific course work.

      9 Credits of the Core Courses
      6 Credits from Concentration Courses

      CORE COURSES (9 Credits)

      THEO 501: Foundations of Theology
      THEO 530: Christian Morality
      SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture

      CONCENTRATION COURSES (choose 2 courses - 6 Credits)

      THEO 525: Theology of Ministry
      PAST 501: Pastoral Ministry: The Other
      PAST 510: Pastoral Ministry: Self
      RLED 514: Theories of Religious Development
      THEO 560: Christian Anthropology 
      THEO 570: Canon Law for Ministry
      SPIR 537: Leadership and Spirituality
      THEO 585: Selected Topics in Theology

    • Catholic Core (9 credits)


      Catholic Core

      Strengthen your personal faith understanding by starting with our core programming.
      Credits can later be applied to a Graduate Certificate or Master’s Degree, based on eligibility requirements. Learn more


    View upcoming courses





    Theological Studies

    Develop a theological foundation that is faithful to the Catholic tradition, sensitive to beliefs of other faith traditions, and aware of the contemporary culture.


    This program aims to deepen the religious basis of an individual’s life and work. It offers a broad study of the major areas of Catholic theology and it provides an opportunity for in-depth study and specialization. Designed to provide a deeper academic, critical and intellectual understanding of Catholic theology, as well as to cultivate a sense of vocation and committed appreciation and scholarly understanding of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, students will be able to integrate their academic studies with their spiritual lives and personal growth.

    Build towards a Master's degree. Credits earned at one level can count towards requirements of a higher level program. Students can start with a Graduate Certificate, build to a Graduate Diploma and then to a Master's degree.

    • Master of Arts (Theological Studies) (42 credits)


      Program Goals

      This program is designed to:
      (1)    Cultivate survey knowledge and integration of the Catholic theological tradition and its application in diverse contexts;
      (2)    enable students to think theologically by considering different theological areas, perspectives, and methods;
      (3)    provide an opportunity for students to conduct specialized research in a particular area of interest.

      CORE COURSES (24 credits)

      PHIL 501: Philosophical Themes of Catholic Theology
      THEO 501: Foundations of Theology
      SCRI 500: Introduction to the Old Testament*
      SCRI 510: Introduction to the New Testament*
      THEO 510: Christology and Trinity
      THEO 530: Christian Morality
      THEO 540: Liturgy and Sacraments
      THEO 551: Ecclesiology of Vatican II

      SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture + SCRI 516: Johannine Literature, SCRI 521: St. Paul’s Epistles, SCRI 532: Torah, or others could replace SCRI 500 + SCRI 510


      CONCENTRATION COURSES (12 credits)

      HIST 505: History of the Church
      THEO 522: Catholic Social Teachings
      THEO 560: Christian Anthropology
      THEO 570: Canon Law for Ministry
      THEO 585: Selected Topics in Theology

      ELECTIVE (3 credits)

      Any 500-level course

      RESEARCH METHODS (no credits)

      MTHD: Basic Research Skills Modules

      MAJOR PAPER (3 or 6 credits)

      THEO 602: Major Paper (3 credits) or
      THESIS: Thesis Writing (6 credits. 3 in lieu of an elective)


      Learning Outcomes

      Students who have successfully completed this program:
      • Students are able to conduct responsible biblical interpretation within the Catholic tradition and demonstrate an understanding of the church’s teaching and practice from historical, doctrinal, and systematic perspectives and its relevance for contemporary Christian living.







    • Graduate Diploma (Theological Studies) (24 credits)


      The Graduate Diploma programs consist of 24 credits of core and diploma specific course work.

      12 Credits from the Core Courses (*including required)
      12 Credits of Concentration Courses

      CORE COURSES (12 Credits)

      Choose 12 credits including * required courses

      PHIL 501: Philosophical Themes of Catholic Theology
      THEO 551: Ecclesiology of Vatican II
      THEO 501: Foundations of Theology *
      THEO 510: Christology – Trinity
      THEO 530: Christian Morality *
      THEO 540: Liturgy and Sacraments
      SCRI  500: Introduction to the Old Testament*
      SCRI  510: Introduction to the New Testament*

      SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture + SCRI 516: Johannine Literature, SCRI 521: St. Paul’s Epistles, SCRI 532: Torah, or others could replace SCRI 500 + SCRI 510


      CONCENTRATION COURSES (12 Credits)

      HIST 505: History of the Church
      THEO 522: Catholic Social Teachings
      THEO 560: Christian Anthropology
      THEO 570: Canon Law for Ministry
      THEO 585: Selected Topics in Theology



    • Graduate Certificate (Theological Studies) (15 credits)


      The Graduate Certificate programs consist of 15 credits of core, elective and certificate specific course work.

      9 Credits of the Core Courses
      6 Credits from Concentration Courses

      CORE COURSES (9 Credits)

      THEO 501: Foundations of Theology
      THEO 530: Christian Morality
      SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture

      CONCENTRATION COURSES (Choose 2 courses - 6 Credits)

      HIST 505: History of the Church
      THEO 522: Catholic Social Teachings
      THEO 560: Christian Anthropology
      THEO 570: Canon Law for Ministry
      THEO 585: Selected Topics in Theology


       

    • Catholic Core (9 credits)



      Catholic Core

      Strengthen your personal faith understanding by starting with our core programming.

      Credits can later be applied to a Graduate Certificate or Master’s Degree, based on eligibility requirements. Learn more.  


    View upcoming courses

    Religious Education

    Equip yourself with a deeper understanding of Catholic theology, greater competence in the teaching of religion, stronger leadership in religious education programs, and an enriched spiritual life.


    This program is designed for the preparation of teachers of religious education, both in Catholic schools and in parishes. Combining knowledge of theology with educational theory and practice, this program introduces students to the Catholic theological tradition and to the skills essential for teaching the faith in a variety of contexts.

    Build towards a Master's degree. Credits earned at one level can count towards requirements of a higher level program. Students can start with a Graduate Certificate, build to a Graduate Diploma and then to a Master's degree.

    • Master of Arts in Religious Education (42 credits)


      Program Goals

      This program is designed to:
      (1)    foster a deeper understanding and integration of Catholic theology and its connection to educational ministry;
      (2)    develop the knowledge and pastoral skills required for effective educational ministry in contemporary contexts;
      (3)    encourage growth in personal and spiritual maturity.

      CORE COURSES (27 credits)

      PHIL 501: Philosophical Themes of Catholic Theology
      THEO 501: Foundations of Theology
      SCRI 500: Introduction to the Old Testament*
      SCRI 510: Introduction to the New Testament*
      THEO 510: Christology and Trinity
      THEO 530: Christian Morality
      THEO 540: Liturgy and Sacraments
      THEO 551: Ecclesiology of Vatican II
      HIST 505: History of the Church

      SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture + SCRI 516: Johannine Literature, SCRI 521: St. Paul’s Epistles, SCRI 532: Torah, or others could replace SCRI 500 + SCRI 510


      CONCENTRATION COURSES (9 credits)

      THEO 525: Theology of Ministry

      Plus two of the following courses:
      RLED 512: Catechetics
      RLED 514: Theories of Religious Development
      CALR 526: Curriculum, Assessment and Evaluation in Catholic schools
      CALR 510: Leadership and Aims of Catholic Education
      SPIR 537: Leadership and Spirituality
      THEO 585: Selected Topics in Theology

      ELECTIVE (3 credits)

      Any 500-level SMC course

      Note: Students can take an elective course with the other Theological Colleges, with approval from the Dean of Theology.

      RESEARCH METHODS (no credits)

      MTHD: Basic Research Skills Modules

      CAPSTONE (3 credits)

      RLED 600: Field-Based Learning Project


      Learning Outcomes
      Students who have successfully completed this program:
      • Students demonstrate an ability to conduct informed biblical interpretation within the Catholic tradition, and demonstrate an understanding of the Church’s teaching and practice from historical, doctrinal and systematic perspectives;
      • Students demonstrate a thorough understanding of the principles of Catholic education and develop pastoral skills essential to their application in diverse contexts;
      • Students demonstrate capacities for theory-praxis integration and for theological reflection in the context of educational ministry.





    • Graduate Diploma in Religious Education (24 credits)


      The Graduate Diploma programs consist of 24 credits of core, elective and diploma specific course work.

      12 Credits from the Core Courses (*including required)
      9 Credits of Concentration Courses
      3 Credits Elective (any 500 level course)
       

      CORE COURSES (12 Credits)

      Choose 12 credits including * required courses

      PHIL 501: Philosophical Themes of Catholic Theology
      THEO 551: Ecclesiology of Vatican II
      THEO 501: Foundations of Theology *
      THEO 510: Christology – Trinity
      THEO 530: Christian Morality *
      THEO 540: Liturgy and Sacraments
      HIST 505: History of the Church
      SCRI 500: Introduction to the Old Testament*
      SCRI 510: Introduction to the New Testament*

      SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture + SCRI 516: Johannine Literature, SCRI 521: St. Paul’s Epistles, SCRI 532: Torah, or others could replace SCRI 500 + SCRI 510 


      CONCENTRATION COURSES (9 Credits)

      THEO 525: Theology of Ministry 

      Plus two of the following courses:
      RLED 512: Catechetics
      RLED 514: Theories of Religious Development
      CALR 526: Curriculum, Assessment & Evaluation in Catholic Schools
      CALR 510: Leadership and Aims of Catholic Education
      SPIR 537: Leadership and Spirituality 
      THEO 585: Selected Topics in Theology

      ELECTIVE COURSE (3 credits)

      any 500 level SMC course

    • Graduate Certificate in Religious Education (15 credits)


      The Graduate Certificate programs consist of 15 credits of core and certificate specific course work.

      9 Credits of the Core Courses
      6 Credits from Concentration Courses

      CORE COURSES (9 Credits)

      THEO 501: Foundations of Theology
      THEO 530: Christian Morality
      SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture

      CONCENTRATION COURSES (Choose 2 courses - 6 Credits)

      THEO 525: Theology of Ministry
      CALR 526: Curriculum, Assessment & Evaluation in Catholic Schools
      CALR 510: Leadership and Aims of Catholic Education
      RLED 512: Catechetics
      RLED 514: Theories of Religious Development
      SPIR 537: Leadership and Spirituality
      THEO 585: Selected Topics in Theology


    • Catholic Core (9 credits)


      Catholic Core

      Strengthen your personal faith understanding by starting with our core programming. Credits can later be applied to a Graduate Certificate or Master’s Degree, based on eligibility requirements. Learn more


    View upcoming courses



    Catholic Core

    Strengthen your personal faith understanding by starting with our core programming. Credits can later be applied to a Graduate Certificate, Diploma or Master’s Degree.

    Teachers from CISVA and Congregational schools within the Archdiocese of Vancouver are eligible for the Archbishop’s Scholarship for Leadership in Catholic Education which will reimburse successful applicants their tuition fees upon completion of the Catholic Core courses.

    Courses in theology, Christian morality and scripture provide core knowledge to deepen the religious basis of your life and work.

    Program Pathways

    Begin with the three Catholic Core courses, and build towards a Graduate Certificate and then to a Master’s degree. Credits earned at one level can count towards requirements of a higher level program.

    After the three Catholic Core courses, take two more courses and receive a Graduate Certificate of 15 credits. Continue on to receive a Graduate Diploma of 24 credits, or a Master's degree of 39-42 credits.

    Catholic Core Courses

    Foundations of Theology (THEO 501)

    Examine the importance of theology for the church and engage with aspects of moral and pastoral concern. 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.

      “As a Catholic educator seeking exposure to the work of Catholic theologians as a means of deepening my understanding of my faith, Theology 501 exceeded my expectations in almost every way. I came away from this course humbled by the incredible depth of intellectual understanding present in Catholic theology. I also appreciated the effectively curated content of the assigned readings, whose language I found to be quite accessible, as well as the logical flow of topics (faith & revelation, tradition & scripture and magisterial authority) that expanded on these pieces. For those looking for a faith formation opportunity or just to expand their knowledge about Catholicism, I highly recommend this course!”  

    - Robert Kirkham, Educator 
     

    Christian Morality (THEO 530)

    Explore the sources, development, and history of moral theology. Particular attention is given to the “foundational” moral theology of the Catholic tradition and the call of the Second Vatican Council for renewal of this discipline.

    Introduction to Scripture (SCRI 505)

    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.

    Upcoming Course Dates

    In addition to the regular course offerings, there will always be a Catholic Core course offered in the summer and there will always be another Catholic Core course offered virtually during the regular school year.

    Winter 2023

    THEO 501: Foundations of Theology (Dr. Nicholas Olkovich)

    January - March
    Thursdays, 6:00-9:00pm (virtual)

    Summer 1 2023

    SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture (Fr. Nicholas Meisl)

    April - June
    Thursdays, 6:00-9:00 pm (virtual)

    Summer 2 2023

    THEO 530: Christian Morality (Sister Carolyn Roeber, OP)

    July 4 - 21, 2023
    Week 1: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday mornings, 8:30am-noon (virtual)
    Weeks 2 and 3: Monday, Wednesday, Friday mornings, 8:30am-noon (virtual)
    with the course work to be completed in late August 



    "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


    Questions?

    Email Dr. Lynda Robitaille, Dean of Theology

    We look forward to seeing you at St. Mark's College!














    school Graduate Programs
    Catholic Core

    Read about students who completed the Catholic Core

    Scholarships


    Archbishop's Scholarship for Leadership in Catholic Education
    Blessed Marie Blondin Scholarship
    Fr. Zsigmond Scholarship
    Formation for Lay Ministry Scholarship


    Archbishop's Scholarship for Leadership in Catholic Education

    The Archbishop’s Scholarship for Leadership in Catholic Education has been set up by the Archdiocese and Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese (CISVA) to foster the pursuit of Catholic higher education for teachers within CISVA schools who have demonstrated or have the potential for leadership within CISVA.

    The Scholarship is open to all TRB certified teachers at a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, as well as Education Assistants, Principals, and Vice-Principals. This includes Congregational schools as well.

    Scholarship

    The Archbishop’s Scholarship will reimburse successful applicants their tuition fees, currently $1,110 per course, upon completion of each of three designated courses: Foundations of Theology (THEO 501), Christian Morality (THEO 530), and Introduction to Scripture (SCRI 505), known as the Catholic Core.

    Application

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    Upon completing this application, your information will be sent to CISVA for scholarship approval. If you receive the scholarship, St. Mark's will contact you with course registration information.

    CISVA FAQ

    Frequently asked questions from CISVA applicants can be found on the CISVA scholarship webpage.

    Past Events

    Public Lectures


    "The Church Needs the Laity: The Wisdom of John Henry Newman" Dr. Michael W. Higgins, President, Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s College at UBC (view recording)

    "Courageous Leadership in a Crisis - The Compassion and Social Justice Series" Julio Montaner (Executive Director and Lead Physician-in-Chief, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS; Head, HIV/AIDS Program, St. Paul’s Hospital, Providence Health Care) and Jim McManus (Director of Public Health, Public Health Service - Hertfordshire County Council and Vice President, Association of Directors of Public Health UK) (view recording)

    "Reading Fratelli Tutti: Pope Francis’ Vision of Fraternity and Social Friendship - Into the Deep Series" Fr. Nick Meisl, Assistant Professor at Corpus Christi and St. Mark's Colleges, and Dr. Nicholas Olkovich, Assistant Professor and Marie Anne Blondin Chair in Catholic Theology at St. Mark's College
     (view recording)

    "Compassion and Imagination in Leadership - Compassion and Social Justice Series" Fiona Dalton, President and CEO, Providence Health Care, and Dr. Michael W. Higgins, President, Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s College at UBC
     (view recording)

    "Advocacy and the Promotion of Social Justice" Fr. Jebamalai Stanislaus, SJ


    "The Liberal Arts in the 21st Century: More Important than Ever" Professor Santa J. Ono, President of the University of British Columbia

    "Bridging Borders: Finding Hope in Syria" Father Nawras Sammour, SJ, Regional Director of Jesuit Refugee Services

    "Preaching and Communicating in a Franciscan Era: What is the Church learning from an Argentine, Jesuit Pope?" Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., CEO of Salt and Light Media

    "Speaking about God: Mercy Matters" Dr. Janet Soskice, Catholic Philosopher and President of Jesus College, Cambridge

    "Why Do We Look Up at the Heavens?" Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ, Director of the Vatican Observatory

    "Faith and Society" Dr. Angus Reid, Chairman if the Angus Reid Institute, Canada's best-known and longest practicing pollster

    "The Catholic Church as a Church of (the) Reformation" Dr. Hilmar Pabel, Professor of History at Simon Fraser University

    "Past, Present, Future: Reflections from a Second Vatican Council Father" Bishop Remi J. De Roo, the last surviving bishop to have participated in all four Vatican II sessions

    "Laudato Si' After Paris, COP 21: Our Mission for a Healthy Planet" Reverend Dr. Robert Allore, SJ, and Joyce Murray, MP

    "Pius XII and the Jews: Problems of Memory and Moral Judgment in History" Dr. Robert Ventresca, author of the award-winning "Soldier of Christ: The Life of Pope Pius XII"

    Centre for Christian Engagement

    "Our Dream Soars Higher: Pope Francis’ Call to Civic and Political Love" Dr. Steven P. Millies

    A Toolkit for Spiritual Survival

    The Role of the Laity in the Reform of the Church: A modest but urgent proposal


    Community Events

    Mass of the Holy Spirit
    Lenten Liturgy and Lunch 2019: Fill Your Bowl with Hope

    Young People and the Church: A Conversation

    Film screening: In the Spirit of Reconciliation

    Liturgy and Lunch 2018: Fill Your Bowl with Joy
    University Mass
    Liturgy and Lunch 2017: Fill Your Bowl with Life


    Development Events

    19th Annual Fundraising Breakfast
    Dinner at the Gallery
    18th Annual Fundraising Breakfast

    Fr. David Bauer Memorial Golf Classic

    Ambrose and Matilda's 5th Annual Fundraising Dinner Concert

    Dinner on the Drive: Molto Italiano 


    Continuing Education Events

    Alzheimer Café and Dementia Care with Dr. Gemma Jones
    Permanent Diaconate in 3 Inspiring Sessions
    "Do Monkey's Go to Heaven?" Book Launch, Fr. John McCarthy, SJ
    Painting A Thousand Words
    Late to Love: Soul music for the soul, St. Augustine style
    Catholic Philosophy for the Rest of Us: Applying Principles to Everyday Life
    Spiritual Growth: Why and How?
    Saints and Mystics Through the Ages: A Lens Into Our Own Lives?
    The Feminine Genius, Mary, and Men
    Atheism, Doubt, and the Search for God





    Upcoming Events



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    Custom Courses

    Our professional and faith development courses can be customized to suit the needs of your school, parish, or other organization.

    Flexible delivery models and a variety of themes in religion, faith formation, and professional development are available.

    Topics include:

    •    Philosophy of Education
    •    Catholic Intellectual Tradition (and how CIT relates to what is being taught)
    •    New Curriculum
    •    Spirituality
    •    Scripture
    •    Canon Law
    •    Ethics
    •    Morality
    •    Prayer
    •    Church History
    •    Patristics (Early Christian Fathers)
    •    Saints
    •    Popes and Papal Teachings

    Flexible Delivery Models - We can bring our courses to you!

    Need more flexibility? Don’t live in the Vancouver area? We offer a variety of flexible course delivery options:
    •    On-site: At our campus at UBC, or at your school, parish or another location
    •    Online: Learn at your pace, at your place
    •    Livestreaming: Live interactive sessions with instructors streamed to directly to your group meeting space

    Contact

    Contact us at [email protected] or 604.314.9653 to find out more about our current offerings, or to discuss developing a custom course to meet your needs.

    Parish Offerings

    Are you an active parish? Do your parishioners want to further develop in their faith? St. Mark’s College can offer a variety of Continuing Education programs for lifelong learners.


    Flexible delivery models and a variety of themes in religion, faith formation, and professional development are available.

    Ask about our custom courses. Designed specifically to meet your needs, a custom course will pair your group with an expert in the requested field. 

    Topics include:

    •    Philosophy of Education
    •    Catholic Intellectual Tradition (and how CIT relates to what is being taught)
    •    New Curriculum
    •    Spirituality
    •    Scripture
    •    Canon Law
    •    Ethics
    •    Morality
    •    Prayer
    •    Church History
    •    Patristics (Early Christian Fathers)
    •    Saints
    •    Popes and Papal Teachings

    Flexible Delivery Models - We can bring our courses to you!

    Need more flexibility? Don’t live in the Vancouver area? We offer a variety of flexible course delivery options:
    •    On-site: At our campus at UBC, or at your school, parish or another location
    •    Online: Learn at your pace, at your place
    •    Livestreaming: Live interactive sessions with instructors streamed to directly to your group meeting space

    Contact

    Contact us at [email protected] or 604.314.9653 to find out more about our current offerings, or to discuss developing a custom course to meet your needs.

    Teacher track - BA Degree in Theology and Culture

    Thinking of a career in teaching? St. Mark’s College at UBC offers a unique Bachelor of Arts Program well-suited for aspiring teachers who want to teach in Catholic, faith-based, or public schools.

    Our program is recognized by UBC’s Faculty of Education, which means graduates are eligible to apply to the teacher preparation (BEd) program at UBC. It is also endorsed by Catholic school districts across BC, providing a potential employment advantage for graduates who want to teach in a Catholic school.

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    Program Highlights

    • Complete your studies at St. Mark’s College, right on the UBC campus
    • Earn a BA with teaching concentrations in teachable subjects such as English, History (Socials), and Catholic Studies*
    • Get real teaching experience with internship opportunities (2nd year) plus pre-practicums at local schools (4th year)
    • Be eligible to apply to UBC’s teacher preparation program (BEd)
    • Start on a pathway to teach elementary (K-7), middle school (6-8), or high school (8-12) in Catholic and public schools across the Province
    • Get the edge when applying to teach at a Catholic school
    • Integrate your faith life and academic life

    Program Benefits

    While many Bachelor’s degrees can qualify you for admittance into a B.Ed program, there are several key advantages to choosing the St. Mark’s BA in Theology and Culture
    • Teach elementary, middle school or high school. Three teachable concentrations in History, English and Catholic Studies* means a wider range of applicable skills
    • A hands-on pre-practicum placement in a lower mainland school gives you valuable teaching experience – before you even start your B.Ed.
    • Our smaller, cohort-style learning environment means you will always have one-on-one support from professors, and a dedicated group of peers to study with
    • Upon completion of your B.A. (St. Mark's College) and B.Ed. (UBC), you will qualify to teach in both Catholic and public schools across BC, opening up more job opportunities



    "My decision to attend St. Mark's was based on career opportunities. I love the fact that we interact with students in the Archdiocese of Vancouver through the teaching pre-practicums at local schools. I would recommend this program to anyone who is interested in teaching...or in a comprehensive education in the humanities, which has the potential to lead to so many other fields."

    – Alexandra Glinsbockel, Corpus Christi Alumna and St. Mark’s College BA Alumna

    Graduation and teaching

    Upon graduation from St. Mark’s, you will be eligible to apply for UBC’s Education program with three teaching concentrations: History and English, as well as Catholic Studies*. With internship experience at an elementary and/or high school setting already completed, your application will stand out.

    Following graduation from UBC, you will be eligible to work in public and private schools. However, with your third teachable concentration in Catholic Studies, you will also have a distinct advantage over competing applicants for teaching positions in Catholic schools.

    Endorsements





    "For those who are specifically interested in teaching in Catholic schools, St. Mark's is now the place for them. St. Mark's is the only school in this province offering the third concentration – Catholic Studies. Students who complete our program can also teach at public schools, but they will likely have an edge and an advantage."

    – Gabriel Pillay, Dean of Students, Corpus Christi College



    “Sixty-five per cent of independent schools in British Columbia are faith-based, which means that, in addition to the certified curriculum, they also teach faith values to students. A Bachelor of Arts program that prepares prospective teachers on how to integrate their faith values in the classroom will enable Catholic schools to better prepare students for life by following the example that Jesus set for us all.”

    – Peter Froese, Director of the Federation of Independent Schools of BC (FISA)




    Contact

    Need help with your application? Contact a St. Mark's College Recruiter to review your course history and eligibility. Schools need good teachers - make an appointment now!

    Email: [email protected]

    *Catholic Studies is not a provincially recognized teaching concentration; however, it is recognized by the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese (CISVA) and recognized throughout the Catholic school districts of British Columbia.

    Spiritual Formation Program

    Rooted in the Catholic faith and committed to the intellectual and spiritual growth of every person, the spiritual formation program at St. Mark’s College provides opportunities for students to learn and engage in the rich spiritual traditions of our faith, Catholic social teaching, liturgy, and devotional prayer. Spiritual formation is an integral component of every academic program at St. Mark’s College.

    On the Saturdays when class is scheduled, students and professors gather for a communal lunch followed by a mini-retreat spiritual formation session in the chapel before returning to classes in the afternoon.  The Saturday program is designed to help students, faculty and staff harmonize head knowledge with heart knowledge, integrating academic learning with lived faith experiences.  The program is grounded in scripture and offers various ways of encountering God and discerning God’s will for us, individually and communally.

    The spiritual formation program teaches individuals how to foster a personal relationship with Jesus. The content is enriching personally and yet mission-oriented, suitable for principals to share with staff, educators to teach students, and ministerial leaders to guide parishioners.

    The Campus Ministry team at St. Mark’s College includes ordained (Jesuits) and lay persons who accompany individuals on their spiritual journeys.  The Jesuit parish on campus enriches the spiritual formation program which is grounded in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Explore current Spiritual Formation topics.









    Auditing Our Courses

    Many of our credit courses can be taken as audit courses. Auditing a course allows a a student to take a class without the benefit of a grade or credit for a course. Students who audit a course do so for the purposes of self-enrichment and academic exploration.

    For more information, please contact [email protected]


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