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Young People and the Church? A Conversation

Explore the challenge and promise of being young in a rapidly changing world and in today’s Church.

Young adults and those who work with young people are invited to a panel discussion followed by small group conversations responding to the 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.

The panelists and hosts include experts in theology, educators, and young people who live active faith lives. Together they will explore how the Church can listen to, learn with and accompany young people in the real circumstances of their lives.

Date and Time: Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Location: Corpus Christi – St. Mark’s at UBC
5935 Iona Drive, Vancouver, BC

Cost: FREE

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Angelo Casiano is a graduate of the Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese and is now working as an educator for Saint Patrick Regional Secondary. He teaches Christian Education, English, Social Studies, and Career Education. In addition to teaching, he is also the Provincial Area Head for the Youth for Christ Ministry in British Columbia. Angelo earned his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and his Bachelor of Education with a Secondary specialization at the University of British Columbia. He has experience leading retreats, giving sessions, and mentoring youth. He enjoys music, athletics, and learning.

Nicholas Olkovich is Assistant Professor and Marie Anne Blondin Chair in Catholic Theology at St. Mark’s College. From 2015-2017 he was the Director of Field Education and Pastoral Formation in the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto. Nick teaches foundational, systematic and pastoral theology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He served as Young Adult Minister, Coordinator for Sacramental Preparation and as Director of the RCIA Program at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Toronto. He is currently exploring guiding themes of the recent Synod on Youth with BA students in this year’s Faith Development seminar.

Maureen Wicken has worked in the Archdiocese of Vancouver for 30 years in a variety of roles. After completing two degrees at UBC and teaching at LFA, Maureen worked for the diocese organizing RCIA events, writing curriculum and training catechists. After that she worked in campus ministry at UBC, and then went back into the classroom where she now enjoys teaching English and Religion to young men at Vancouver College.

Rachel Wong is a Communication and International Studies student at Simon Fraser University. Her love of storytelling has helped her grow as a writer, a radio host, and as an aspiring journalist. Though she was baptized into the Catholic Church as an infant, it was not until 2016 when Rachel made a commitment back to Christ. Ever since, Rachel has shared the story of how Christ helped her grow and overcome her personal struggles with mental illness. Following her conversion, Rachel has served youth and young adult ministry both on campus through Catholic Christian Outreach and at a number of parishes in the Archdiocese by giving talks, leading workshops, and leading worship and music ministry.

Panel Hosts

Clayton Imoo is married to his lovely wife Gail and together they have three awesome children: Sean, Jacob, and Kayla.  Clay currently serves as an Associate Director for the Ministries and Outreach Office of the Archdiocese of Vancouver.  He has worked for the Archdiocese of Vancouver – predominantly in youth and young ministry – for the past 16 years.  As well, Clay has spoken at numerous conferences and rallies locally, nationally, and internationally.
Clay is constantly inspired by the youth, young adults, and ministry leaders who he encounters.  He loves to see the amazing things that young people do in the name of God.
When not doing ministry, Clay enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, playing sports, writing Canucks parody songs, making cheesy YouTube videos, and writing blogs on topics such as family, faith, and his favourite hockey team.

Fr. Nick Meisl is a priest of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Born and raised in New Westminster, he attended St. Michael’s Elementary School and St. Thomas More Collegiate. After studying engineering at Simon Fraser University, where he became involved with Catholic Christian Outreach, he went to the Seminary of Christ the King. He continued his theological and biblical studies at the Angelicum and the Biblicum in Rome. Currently, his main assignment is to Corpus Christi and St. Mark’s Colleges where he teaches courses on the Bible and Math. In addition, he is chaplain at St. Patrick’s Regional Secondary School and is involved in young adult and parish ministry at St. John the Apostle Parish.

This event is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Vancouver - Ministries and Outreach Office, St. Mark's College, and the Marie Anne Blondin Chair in Theology at St. Marks' College


Please contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille, St. Mark’s College
[email protected]

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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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