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

Join Dr. Michael Higgins and panelists Sr. Sue Mosteller, Dr. Angus Reid, Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, and Dr. Lynda Robitaille for an evening of dialogue on how the laity can shape church leadership.

John Henry Cardinal Newman provides a marvelous foundation for considering and valuing the role of the laity in the life—and yes, teachings—of the church. How do we use some of Newman’s insights for our modern predicament? How do we move forward as a church ever reforming? Dr. Michael Higgins will explore one vital direction whereby the laity can influence and shape credible and meaningful spiritual leadership for our time.

Date and Time: Monday, May 27, 2019 – 7:00

Location: University of British Columbia – Wesbrook Room 100, 6174 University Boulevard, Vancouver

Cost: Free

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Keynote

Dr. Michael Higgins – Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought at Sacred Heart University

Panelists

Sr. Sue Mosteller – Leader of the International Federation of L’Arche and a Sister of St. Joseph

Dr. Angus Reid – Canada's best-known and longest practicing pollster and Chairman of the Angus Reid Institute

Dr. Lynda Robitaille - Canon lawyer and Dean of Theology at St. Mark's College


Fr. Ronald Rolheiser
– Internationally renowned speaker, spiritual writer and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

More about the Speakers

More about the Speakers

Dr. Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins, a native Torontonian, is an author, scholar, Vatican Affairs Specialist for The Globe and Mail, Papal Commentator for the CTV Network, educator, CBC Radio documentarian, columnist, and former senior academic administrator.

He has served as President and Vice-Chancellor of two Canadian Catholic universities, St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, and as Vice-President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

He is currently Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought at Sacred Heart University.
He has edited, co-authored and authored scores of books including The Jesuit Mystique, Power and Peril: The Catholic Church at the Crossroads, Heretic Blood: The Spiritual Geography of Thomas Merton, The Muted Voice: Religion and the Media, Stalking the Holy: The Pursuit of Saint-Making, Suffer the Children Unto Me: An Open Inquiry Into the Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal, Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri J. M. Nouwen, The Unquiet Monk: Thomas Merton’s Questing Faith, Jean Vanier: Logician of the Heart. Several of these books have been translated into French, German, and Italian, many have won awards and been national bestsellers.

Sr. Sue Mosteller

Sue Mosteller is a Sister of St. Joseph, who for forty years lived and worked with people
with disabilities in the L’Arche Daybreak Community in Toronto. She served as leader
of the International Federation of L’Arche, working with Jean Vanier, and has had a wide
experience with different cultures and different religious traditions. Sue was a close
friend and confidant of the late Fr. Henri Nouwen during the ten years he was pastor at
Daybreak prior to his death. Henri named her to become Literary Executor of his Estate
after his death. Today Sue lives in Toronto, is retired and works with Henri’s spiritual
legacy, giving retreats and workshops in Canada and elsewhere in the world. She
authored three books, the latest being Light Through the Crack, Life After Loss.

Dr. Angus Reid

Angus Reid has spent more than four decades asking people what they think about top social, governance, and economic issues. He is currently Chairman of the Angus Reid Institute.

From 1979 to 2001, Angus Reid was founder and CEO of Angus Reid Group, which grew into the largest research firm in Canada, with revenues of $60 million. It was sold to Ipsos SA in 2000. In 2003 he joined his son Andrew’s research software start up, Vision Critical, as CEO. When he retired as executive chair in 2014 Vision Critical had 600 employees worldwide and revenues over $100 million.

Angus has written numerous columns on economic, social and governance issues and well as the best-seller; “Shakedown: How the New Economy is Changing our Lives” (1996). He has a B.A. and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Manitoba, and in 1974 he received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Carleton University in Ottawa.

He is the recipient of a Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship, the Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends (2010).
In 2017, Dr. Angus Reid was invited to give the annual Carr Leture at St. Mark’s College. The lecture, “Faith and Society” explored how the forces of a new era will reshape individual and collective religious experience in Canada.

Dr. Lynda Robitaille

Lynda Robitaille has been teaching canon law since 1993 at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Seattle University, the Katholieke Universiteit (Catholic University) of Leuven, Belgium, and St. Mark’s College. Her areas of speciality are marriage and procedural law, as well as the role of the baptized in the Church.

She continues to practice canon law while serving as Dean of Theology at St. Mark’s College.

Fr. Ronald Rolheiser

Ronald Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is a community-builder, lecturer, and writer. His books are popular throughout the English-speaking world and have now been translated into many languages. His weekly column is carried by more than 80 newspapers worldwide. Prior to this present position, he taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta, for 16 years, served as Provincial Superior of his Oblate Province for six years, and served on the General Council for the Oblates in Rome for six years. He has been at Oblate School of theology since 2005.

www.ronrolheiser.com 

Contact

For more information, please contact Yujin Han.

E: [email protected]

T: 604-822-5358

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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

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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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SUMMER INSTITUTE FAQ


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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