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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.

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Summer Institute

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

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

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

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

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

Afternoon class (Elective course) – More details to come


Spotlight on student experience

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

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

- Ann Marie McGrath, Educator
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Is it required that I come to Vancouver for the Summer Institute courses?

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

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

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

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

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

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

How do I access my online courses?

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

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

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

What is the cost of taking a Summer Institute course?

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

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

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

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

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

Do I qualify for admission?

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

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

More Questions?

Contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille
Email: [email protected]

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