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St. Mark’s in the Media

Director of Jesuit Refugee Services speaks to students and community at St. Mark's College

BC Catholic - Father Nawras Sammour, SJ, born in Syria and working there now, led students in a refugee simulation exercise before giving a public lecture called Bridging Borders. Those who “dare and choose to build bridges search for others and a better world; they welcome the others and the outsider." Read article

Catholic teachers get to the Core of their faith in new program

BC Catholic - Catholic school teachers have just completed the college’s brand-new Catholic Core program, focusing on the “core” of Church theology, Scripture, and morality. "“I love learning more about my faith, and I want to be able to go deeper when students ask good questions,” says Vancouver College religion teacher Greg Van Dyk. Read article

Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, delivers the Carr Lecture at St. Mark’s College in Vancouver

Salt + Light Media - Fr. Thomas Rosica delivered the Carr Lecture on the theme: “Preaching and Communicating in a Franciscan Era: What is the Church Learning from an Argentine Jesuit Pope?" Read article

Jesuit scotch event ‘tests the spirits’

BC Catholic - Vancouver’s second annual scotch tasting raised about $9,000 for Jesuit efforts in B.C. The funds will help launch a series of faith-based public seminars at St. Mark’s College, featuring high profile Jesuits, and other speakers, and help people “connect the dots” between Church teachings and contemporary issues. Read article

St. Mark's College Principal interviewed by Salt + Light Media

Salt + Light Media - In this wide-ranging WITNESS Interview, Fr. Thomas Rosica speaks with Dr. Peter Meehan, Principal of St. Mark's College and President of Corpus Christi Colleges. View video interview

"St. Mark’s College confers first BA degrees" 

BC Catholic - Four graduates have just completed St. Mark’s College’s brand-new program for Catholic schoolteachers. Lesya Balsevich, associate superintendent of Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese, said there’s a need for grounded Catholic teachers right now. Read article.

"Survey reveals 50 per cent of Canadians are religious" 

BC Catholic - Pollster says latest data disproves notion of a secular, nonreligious country.

The notion that religion is a “dying phenomenon” in a predominantly secular Canada is far from the truth, according to pollster and sociologist Angus Reid. “When I look at Canadian society, I don’t see a vacuous a religious society that some would like to see,” he told about 200 people at St. Mark’s College May 2. Read article

“Church on the Edge of Freedom Fight"

The Catholic Register - Interview with Dr. Nick Olkovich, St. Mark’s College Marie Blondin Chair in Theology

In a trend that alarms Catholic thinkers, for the 11th year in a row freedom around the globe declined in 2016. Read article.

Board Members of St. Mark's and Corpus Christi Colleges Recognized as "Exceptional" Lawyers with Queen's Counsel (QC) Designation

The Community of St. Mark's at UBC (St. Mark's College, Corpus Christi College, and St. Mark's Parish) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of two board members to the designation of Queen's Counsel (QC). Board chair Mr. Celso Boscariol and Board member Mr. Bruno De Vita were among the forty British Columbia lawyers announced to receive the honour. Read more.

St. Mark’s Grad Bringing Computer-Assisted Technology Into Traditional Choir Classes

North Shore News - ‘Singing the Praises’ of Alumnus Adam Kozak: St. Mark’s Grad Bringing Computer-Assisted Technology Into Traditional Choir Classes

With the help of their Choir Director Adam Kozak, a graduate of St. Mark’s College at UBC, the senior choir at North Vancouver’s Windsor Secondary was recently shortlisted for their performance of Tragically Hip’s “Ahead by a Century” in CBC’s nationwide Music Class Challenge competition. In the North Shore News article, Kozak explained the impact of computer-assisted technology on his choir: “The difference that it’s made in the year that I’ve implemented it, kids learn 17 songs in the space and time that they used to learn five. They learn music much harder, much more complicated without having to necessarily train them in classical music theory." Read article

"Easter: Nuns dying off, but their mission is being reborn"

Vancouver Sun - What a legacy they are leaving. The Sisters of St. Ann have in the past few years given away more than $15 million in cash and land, including a $3 million endowment to St. Mark's College.

Prof. Paul Burns of St. Mark’s College, who was “touched” that St. Mark’s received one of the order’s endowment’s, says the sisters are “passing on the torch with a new vision. They see hope. They see light. But they know the people on the ground who are going to carry on are going to be new people.” Read article

“Despite residential-school legacy, aboriginals join Christian clergy” (with video)

Vancouver Sun - Profile of St. Mark’s College alumnus, Deacon Rennie Nahanee (Dipl. ‘15), a member of the first group of men to be ordained as deacons in the Archdiocese. Along with other diaconate candidates, Nahanee completed a course of study at St. Mark’s, chosen by the Archdiocese to provide the theological formation for the Permanent Diaconate Program. 

Rennie Nahanee believes aboriginals abused at Canada’s church-run residential schools “have a right to be angry.” But the Squamish Nation elder, recently ordained a deacon to the Roman Catholic Church, also admires aboriginals who have overcome rage through forgiveness and reconciliation. Read article

"Theists and atheists have much to learn from one another"

Read Pat Johnson's interview with Dr Sam Rocha, Pastoral Philospher-in-Residence at Saint Mark's College. Dr. Rocha presented a special series at St. Joseph the Worker in Richmond on ‘Atheism, Doubt and the Search for God’. Read article

Permanent Deacons in the News

Congratulations to the Vancouver Archdiocese's ordained Permanent Deacons - all St. Mark's alumni - who have been assigned to various posts in the diocese.

St. Mark’s College was chosen by the Archdiocese to provide the theological formation for candidates of the Permanent Diaconate. Candidates. See what they are up to now.