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Annual Fundraising Breakfast

You are invited to the 18th Annual Fundraising Breakfast in support of St. Mark's College and Corpus Christi College. Funds raised will benefit student scholarship and financial assistance programs.

The importance of Catholic higher education, which receives no government funding whatsoever while striving to meet our young people “where they are” on the journeys that are life and faith, is perhaps more important to the future of the church than it has ever been. This has been continuously stressed by Pope Francis, who encourages us to constantly be engaged in a spirit of encounter and dialogue, with each other, and with the world.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 

Time: 9:00 a.m. Registration | 9:30 a.m. Breakfast Served
Location: Vancouver College Alumni Gym, 5400 Cartier Street, Vancouver

Keynote Speaker: Sister Marie Zarowny, SSA

“Unless someone guides me” (Acts 8:31) How are we formed to proclaim the Good News in today’s world?

Sister Marie Zarowny, SSA, is a social justice advocate, educator, and Province Co-Leader for the Sisters of Saint Ann Western Canada region. For over 40 years, Sr. Marie has been dedicated to fostering opportunities that sustain and deepen the commitment of people engaged in faith-based education and social change. Since their arrival in BC in 1858, the pioneering Sisters of Saint Ann have worked to support education, expand healthcare, provide spiritual accompaniment, and alleviate poverty in Canada and beyond. They established 38 schools and 10 hospitals throughout BC, Alaska, and the Yukon. In 2016, the Sisters of Saint Ann contributed $3 million to the Colleges to establish the Marie Anne Blondin Chair in Theology. The endowment represents the largest in the Colleges’ history and the largest gift received by a Catholic college in BC. The generous gift from the Sisters supports the Colleges’ mission to educate lifelong learners who are prepared to engage with the intellectual, professional and social challenges of our times.

Support Opportunities

Reserve your seat

This is a free event. Official tax receipts are offered for donations. Register now

Book your table of 10
- Sponsor a table $1,000
- Invite your guests
- Portion of your gift will be receiptable according to CRA guidelines

Impact giving through event sponsorship

$30,000 – Diamond
$15,000 – Platinum
$10,000 – Gold
  $5,000 – Silver
  $2,500 – Bronze

Become a corporate sponsor

Promote your company through various sponsorships while investing in our future leaders.

Questions and Registration

Please contact Emily Dionisio, Development Support Officer

[email protected]
or 604-822-5438.

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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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