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“Bioethics and Environmental Ethics” lecture to explore link between personal health and care for creation

February 21, 2024

“Bioethics and Environmental Ethics” lecture to explore link between personal health and care for creation On January 25, 2024, at 7 pm, Fr. Myles Sheehan, S.J. will be offering the Annual Jesuit Lecture for the Centre for Christian Engagement at St. Mark’s College. His lecture is titled “Bioethics and Environmental Ethics.” Bioethics originally began as […]

Time for us to stop screening calls from God

February 21, 2024

Presidential Blog by Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia A few years ago — let’s say 20 — I watched as the police handled a disturbance. An elderly gentleman was standing in the middle of the sidewalk talking animatedly to an invisible friend. It […]

Changing Face of Catholic Moral Theology

February 21, 2024

Since the Second Vatican Council many of the most divisive issues in the Catholic Church have revolved around moral issues: contraception, abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, nuclear weapons and just war. Catholic moral theology struggled for centuries to identify sins as exactly as possible and entered into numerous controversies about moral norms and laws. Accordingly, […]

Weathering the storm through integral ecology

February 21, 2024

Presidential Blog by Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia I had the opportunity recently of joining a dynamic inter-faith panel to discuss the issue of social justice and the environment here in Vancouver. My fellow panelists included an Imam from the local Muslim association, […]

Summer 2, 2024

February 7, 2024

Contact [email protected] for information and our early-bird registration and other important information. Take time to study in Summer 2! Two intensive classes are offered from July 2 – 19, 2024 in the morning and afternoon. Course work to take place until mid/late August.   There are different ways to participate in these courses: Take them […]

Campus Closure Thursday, Jan 18

January 17, 2024

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff: Due to the current and expected extreme weather conditions, in-person classes are cancelled, and the campus is closed for Corpus Christi College – St. Mark’s College campus at the University of British Columbia for Thursday, January 18th, 2024. The UBC Campus is open for only essential services until further notice. […]

Hiring Now for J. Michael Miller Chair in Catholic Studies

January 17, 2024

Apply now for J. Michael Miller Chair in Catholic Studies at St. Mark’s College at the University of British Columbia. Download job posting here. Are you passionate about teaching, research and community engagement? Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of university students? Join our dynamic faculty team at St. Mark’s - […]

How Reconciliation can animate the world

January 17, 2024

Presidential Blog by Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia On a recent visit to Rome as a member of the Canadian Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums, I had the opportunity to visit a number of galleries and historic […]

Super, Natural Vancouver – Christian Witness and Mission in a Secular Age

September 26, 2023

The Annual Carr Lecture in Fall 2023 features Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart, Dean of St. Andrew's Hall and Professor of Mission Studies at Vancouver School of Theology. Dr. Lockhart will offer a lecture titled Super, Natural Vancouver – Christian witness and mission in a secular age. Full video now available. West Coast Witness: The City […]

Ghost Phrases

September 26, 2023

Presidential Blog by Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia And to dust shall you return. Genesis 3: 19 As a photographer, I always assumed my interests were odd. My preferred subjects were dilapidated buildings, rusted metals and abandoned spaces. I love detailed close ups […]

Rev. Dr. Mark Miller, C.Ss.R. Named the Third Visiting Scholar in Ethics for St. Mark’s College & Providence Health Care

September 5, 2023

August 28, 2023, Vancouver, BC. St. Mark’s College, Providence Health Care, and the St. Paul’s Foundation are pleased to announce the appointment of the third Visiting Scholar in Ethics, Rev. Dr. Mark Miller, C.Ss.R. This position supports the local Catholic community dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, social and spiritual health care needs of those […]

Prayer’s beauty bests the beast of language

August 16, 2023

Presidential Blog by Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia Should your babble put others to silence… - Job 11: 3 As a bilingual kid with a father who couldn’t speak English and a mother who couldn’t speak French, language always seemed to be a […]

Annual Fundraising Breakfast

August 16, 2023

Join us we gather our community together, and invite others, to raise funds in support of our students at the Colleges’ Annual Fundraising Breakfast on Saturday, November 18, 2023. We are excited to have the Archbishop of Vancouver, J. Michael Miller, as our distinguished speaker. As you know, Archbishop Miller is also the Chancellor of […]

Paralyzed Chickens

July 19, 2023

Presidential Blog by Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, Who will only despise the wisdom of your words. Proverbs 23:9 I’ve written before about mondegreens, that wonderful phenomenon in language where a misheard phrase is […]

INSPIRE Leadership recognized for outstanding achievement in student affairs practices

June 30, 2023

Gabriel Pillay, Executive Director, Strategy and Planning, Dean of Students, Corpus Christi College and St. Marks College, has won the Mission Integration Award recognizing outstanding achievement in student affairs practices. The INSPIRE Leadership certificate program at Corpus Christi College and St. Marks College has been recognized in America as a ground-breaking initiative developing students’ skills, […]

Marking Francis’ revolutionary papacy

June 30, 2023

Presidential Blog by Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia As a member of the Canadian Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums, I have had the opportunity to visit the Vatican Galleries many times over, including the famed Sistine Chapel, […]

National Indigenous History Month – Deacon Rennie Nahanee

June 23, 2023

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, a time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Deacon Rennie Nahanee is an elder from the Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh) Nation, graduated from St. Mark’s College with a Diploma in Pastoral Studies 2015, and currently working at St. Paul’s Squamish […]

Soft Skills

June 22, 2023

Presidential Blog by Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia And where is the place of understanding? Job 28: 20 I recently conducted a number of job interviews and the phrase soft skills appeared a number of times — occasionally from the candidates themselves, but […]

SMC Student Newsletter Summer 2023

June 9, 2023

Read our latest student newsletter below. Congratulations to all 2023 graduates of St. Mark's College - Corpus Christi College! Below is a message from Dr. Gerry Turcotte, Principal of St. Mark’s College, University of British Columbia. Enjoy some clips from the convocation event. Stay tuned for student and graduate stories. If you haven't received your […]

Healing the broken breeds new strength

June 9, 2023

Presidential Blog by Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia For now we see only a reflection, as in a mirror. 1 Corinthians 13: 12 I had the pleasure recently of attending an international conference for Catholic post-secondary presidents, and I was inspired by the […]

Tough questions and convivial spirits: exploring the Pope Francis legacy

May 30, 2023

By Nicholas Elbers A forum on Pope Francis’ papacy from a Canadian context was alive with dialogue and tough questions while also maintaining a celebratory mood as speakers from around the world gathered at St. Mark’s College to examine the significance of Francis’ pontificate.  Read more on BC Catholic.

Hamster Sandwiches

May 30, 2023

Presidential Blog by Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia For all of us make many mistakes. James 3:2 One of the biggest transformations in today’s culture is in the level of technological change that has made life, not only easier, but also faster. I’m […]

Studying Theology at St. Mark’s Builds Foundation for Lay Ministry

April 26, 2023

“Studying theology of ministry has helped me clarify questions relating to service in lay ministry, through a theological lens,” says Eleanor Wong referring to her first-graduate level class taught by Dr. Nick Olkovich. Investing her time in studying theology has brought a deeper understanding and appreciation for her faith and has empowered her in her […]

Praying to find the blindingly obvious

April 11, 2023

Presidential Blog by Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia Recently, I noticed a height chart next to the exit door of my local wine shop. This isn’t the first time I’ve shopped there, but it’s the first time I’ve notice the 7-foot ruler, conspicuously […]

Easter Message from the President and Vice-Chancellor

April 9, 2023

A Message from Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia Dear Students and the St Mark's College Community, As we approach the end of term, we move deeper into the sacred Easter season. This is a time of renewal and hope, one that reminds us […]

The Untouched Garden

April 9, 2023

Presidential Blog by Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia They shall flourish as a garden Hosea 14: 7 My children always tease me for being a workaholic, and they roll their eyes whenever I have time off. ‘Get ready for the special projects,’ my […]

Easter Holidays & Important Dates

April 6, 2023

April 6 - Maundy Thursday - College Closes at 12:30pm April 7 - Good Friday - College Closed April 10 - Easter Monday - College Closed April 14 - Last Day of Classes April 18-26 - Final Exams For Holy Week and Easter services at St. Mark's Parish please click here.

Dr. Gerry Turcotte Receives Platinum Jubilee Medal for Service in Education

March 8, 2023

We are thrilled to congratulate Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Principal of Corpus Christi and St. Mark’s College, on receiving the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal in recognition of his dedication and service in the field of adult education. Dr. Turcotte was presented with this award by Alberta’s Minister of Advanced Education in a special […]

St. Mark’s Accreditation Re-Affirmed by the Board of Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS)

March 6, 2023

We are pleased to announce that the accreditation for St. Mark’s College has been affirmed for another 10 years until March 31, 2033, by the Board of Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). The re-accreditation includes all four Master’s degrees: Master in Catholic Educational Leadership (39 credits) […]

Campus closed due to snow

February 28, 2023

February 28, 2022 – Due to weather and traffic conditions, Corpus Christi College – St. Mark’s College campus at UBC is closed today as of 9 AM. Stay safe! Helpful Links Updates from Translink: translink.ca Drive BC: https://www.drivebc.ca/

Dr. Alexandre A. Martins named Visiting Scholar in Ethics for St. Mark’s College & Providence Health Care

February 15, 2023

St. Mark’s College, Providence Health Care and the Saint Paul Foundation have united to address the need for enhanced ethics in Catholic health care in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. A new position will support the local Catholic health care community dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of those served through compassionate […]

In Plain Sight

February 10, 2023

Presidential Blog by Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia Together they shout for joy, for in plain sight they see the return of the Lord. Isaiah 52: 8 Recently, I noticed a height chart next to the exit door of my local wine shop. […]

Stairway to Heaven

January 24, 2023

Presidential Blog by Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia Singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts. Ephesians 5:19 Among church bloopers, this was always one of my favourites: "8 new choir robes are currently needed, due to the addition of several […]

Local laywomen discover how theological education transforms their ministry

January 13, 2023

When Cheryl Unruh took her first graduate-level class, “Foundations of Theology,” at St. Mark’s College, she discovered a classroom environment that was friendly, collaborative and joyful (three words that also describe the course instructor, Dr. Nick Olkovich). “Who knew theology could be so much fun?” More than “fun,” however, Cheryl also discovered learning about theology […]

Only God knows what Benedict sacrificed

January 10, 2023

Presidential Blog by Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia The passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Dec. 31, 2022 marks a sad close to a tumultuous year, and the end to his life-long commitment to the Catholic Church. For many he will be […]

The Passing of Pope Benedict XVI

December 31, 2022

Benedict was a true scholar, protector of the faith in form and content, and an advocate for a compelling faith life

College buildings closed to the public

December 20, 2022

December 20, 2022 – Due to the weather, the College buildings are closed to the public today. Staff are working remotely and the Operations team is not onsite. There were no exams scheduled for today.

Figure of Speech – The Sweater

December 6, 2022

Presidential Blog by Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia … because you have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also heard you, says the Lord 2 Kings 22:19 Let me confess that I am someone who tends to wear his clothes until […]

Thursday classes will be held

December 1, 2022

6:30 a.m. – UBC and Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s are open today and classes are proceeding as normal. Winter weather conditions persist. Please take care on your commutes. For information on transit service, visit Translink Alerts & Advisories. UBC Vancouver snow and ice removal priority maps are here: https://facilities.ubc.ca/services/ice-prevention-and-snow-removal

No in-person classes

November 30, 2022

11:20 a.m. – In alignment with UBC, Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s will not be holding in-person classes for the remainder of today and tonight, due to weather and ongoing road conditions. Look for communications from your academic unit or course instructor to indicate if other arrangements are being made, which could include classes moving online, expanded […]

Morning class cancellation due to weather

November 30, 2022

6:45 a.m. - In alignment with UBC, in-person, on-campus morning classes starting before 1 p.m. are cancelled due to weather conditions. A decision on in-person, on-campus classes starting after 1 p.m. today is pending. An update on those classes will be posted here by 11:30 a.m.   Please note the UBC campus and our main […]

Education for plunging into turbulent waters

November 22, 2022

Figure of Speech Presidential Blog by Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia If a change is as good as a holiday, then I have been on vacation lately, big time. After deciding to retire as president of a university, I found myself called back […]

St. Mark’s student finds connection, reflection, and hope for Truth and Reconciliation during Papal Visit

November 14, 2022

Like many Catholic Canadians, St. Mark’s student Brenna Maduro has been on her own journey toward Truth and Reconciliation. She has studied the history and literature of First Nations peoples in Canada with knowledgeable professors like Dr. Katie Gemmell and Dr. Jamie Paris as part of her coursework for the Bachelor of Arts in Theology […]

Welcome to Figure of Speech – New Presidential Blog

October 26, 2022

Dear readers, In this twice-monthly blog, I will be sharing new and old writings that explore questions about the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, our purpose and our faith life. The Colleges have always been, and continue to be, a place where we can embrace the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and integrate this rich and living approach to […]

2022-2023 Scholarship Winners at St. Mark’s College

October 19, 2022

Congratulations to all students who received scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year. Competitive Scholarships The following students were awarded scholarships based on specific eligibility criteria and strength of their scholarship application. For information about each scholarship, visit our Scholarships page. Amy Dwyer (BA) The Father Gerald (Gerry) McGuigan, CSB Award at St Mark’s College Peter […]

St. Mark’s College awards four scholarships to lay ministry leaders in the Archdiocese of Vancouver

October 6, 2022

St. Mark’s College is pleased to congratulate the four newest recipients of the Formation for Lay Ministry Scholarship. The Formation for Lay Ministry Scholarship supports the integral and important work of local lay ministry leaders within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver (RCAV). Through coursework, these ministry leaders will cultivate essential theological and pastoral skills […]

Notice of ATS Reaccreditation Visit

September 22, 2022

St. Mark’s College is hosting a comprehensive evaluation visit for reaffirmation of accreditation by the ATS Commission on Accrediting from 10/24/2022 to 10/27/2022. The purpose of this visit is to verify that the school meets all applicable Commission Standards of Accreditation. Comments regarding how well the school meets those standards and/or generally demonstrates educational quality […]

Closure notice: September 19 is a National day of mourning in honour of Queen Elizabeth II

September 14, 2022

The Federal Government has declared September 19 as a day of mourning in honour of Queen Elizabeth II to coincide with her funeral in London, U.K. The Province of BC has followed suit recognizing this day as a public holiday. In recognition of the Prime Minister’s announcement and based on the direction of the Province, […]

Celebrating the Class of 2022: Convocation Photos and Student Address

May 30, 2022

At Convocation on May 14, 2022, St. Mark's College awarded graduate and undergraduate degrees to a group of students who we are now thrilled to call alumni. In addition, two students were awarded St. Mark's College awards. Margaret Hitchcock (Master of Arts in Theological Studies) received the Thesis Award in recognition of her academic research and scholarship. Hilmar […]

Statement on Pope Francis’s Apology to the Indigenous Peoples of this Land

April 4, 2022

The institutional members of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada join together on the occasion of Pope Francis's apology to the Indigenous Peoples of this Land. We fully recognize that this apology will not undo the trauma and wounds experienced by Indigenous communities, particularly as a result of the residential schools that […]

COVID-19 Update: Mask Policy

March 16, 2022

On Thursday, March 10, BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced a change to the face coverings order, effective Friday, March 11. Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s College announced on the Thursday that everyone should continue to wear their masks until the Colleges made a formal decision. In line with UBC’s decision, Corpus Christi and St. […]

COVID-19: Mask use for indoor spaces at Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s

March 10, 2022

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the end of the face coverings order effective Friday, March 11, 12:01 a.m. The latest changes indicate that individual organizations can choose to continue to require mask wearing on their premises.   With this change coming quickly, Corpus Christi-St. Mark's will continue with the current approach of […]

COVID-19: Free rapid test kits available for students, faculty and staff

March 3, 2022

Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s has received a one-time shipment of self-administered rapid antigen rests from the Provincial Health Services. These tests have been given to Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s to support the continuity of on-campus learning, instruction, and operations. All in-person students, faculty and staff are eligible for one test kit. Each test kit contains five single-use […]

ACCUC Statement on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

February 28, 2022

The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada (ACCUC) is both dismayed and horrified to learn of the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Russia. This illegal invasion has already resulted in needless violence, displacement, and death. The conflict is escalating quickly resulting in further casualties and destruction. At this dire hour, the ACCUC stands […]

New award for student athletes pays tribute to Fr. David Bauer, CSB, Olympic hockey coach and beloved priest

February 3, 2022

St. Mark’s College and Corpus Christi College are excited to announce the Father David Bauer, CSB Award for Athletic Excellence, which supports students who are involved in athletics. Made possible through the generosity of Rabbi Yosef Wosk, PhD, ThM, this award honours the legacy of Father David William Bauer, CSB, who was a beloved teacher […]

St. Mark’s College awards 11 scholarships for lay ministry formation

February 1, 2022

St. Mark’s College is pleased to announce the recipients of the Formation for Lay Ministry Scholarship. This new scholarship supports the integral and important work of local lay ministry leaders within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver (RCAV). Through coursework, these ministry leaders will cultivate essential theological and pastoral skills for faithful and effective ministry […]

Dr. Gerry Turcotte appointed as the next President and Principal of Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s College at UBC

January 20, 2022

Vancouver, BC, January 20, 2022 –The Board of Directors of Corpus Christi College and St. Mark’s College at UBC is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Gerry Turcotte as the next Principal of St. Mark’s College and President of Corpus Christi College for an initial 5-year term, beginning August 1, 2022. An experienced post-secondary […]

Undergraduate Students to Resume In-person Learning January 24

January 17, 2022

Dear Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s undergraduate students, As we announced in December, the Colleges will resume in-person undergraduate classes starting Monday, January 24. We are looking forward to safely welcoming you back to campus next week. As always, we will continue to monitor updates from Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Provincial Health Officer, and her team. Public […]

Statement on News of Papal Visit, from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada (ACCUC)

November 8, 2021

November 4, 2021. The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada (ACCUC) is pleased to learn of Pope Francis’ decision to visit Canada with the goal of reconciliation with the Indigenous communities of this land. This past June, the ACCUC published a statement requesting that Pope Francis formally apologize to Canada’s Indigenous communities for […]

2020 and 2021 Convocation: Honorary Doctorates reflect on the past and look to the future

October 25, 2021

At the 2020 and 2021 Convocation ceremony on September 11, 2021, St. Mark's College was honoured to present the degree Doctor of Sacred Letters, honoris causa to Dr. Paul Burns and Dr. Angus Reid, two distinguished individuals who are most deserving of this recognition. In their speeches, Dr. Burns and Dr. Reid recognized the trying […]

Fall Update – Listening, Learning and Leading: Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Working Group

October 20, 2021

Earlier this year, the discovery of unmarked burial sites at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School and other former residential schools throughout Canada brought renewed attention to the legacy of residential schools, and to the shameful recognition that we must do better in our communities to work toward Truth and Reconciliation. On June 1, Dr. […]

2021-2022 Scholarship Winners

October 19, 2021

Congratulations to the following students who received scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year. Competitive scholarships The following students were awarded scholarships based on specific eligibility criteria and strength of their scholarship application. For information about each scholarship, visit our Scholarships page. James Roy Catingub (BA) The Father Gerald (Gerry) McGuigan, CSB Award at St Mark’s […]

Looking back at 2020 and 2021 Convocation: Award Winners, Student Address, and Photos

October 15, 2021

Congratulations to our newest alumni of the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 who we honoured at Convocation this past September. And thank you to all who joined us in person and via livestream to celebrate this long-awaited occasion. This year’s Convocation ceremony was truly unique and one that will be remembered for years […]

New scholarship invests in lay ministry – Formation for Lay Ministry Scholarship

October 12, 2021

St. Mark’s College is thrilled to launch the new Formation for Lay Ministry Scholarship program, supporting the integral and important work of local lay ministry leaders. Multiple scholarships are available. The new Formation for Lay Ministry Scholarship will support the ongoing formation of people serving in a variety of parish and non-parish ministries within the […]

Mask and Vaccination update

September 3, 2021

Dear Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s community, Our planning for the return to campus this fall continues to be informed by a commitment to protecting the health, safety and well-being of the campus community while remaining mindful of the importance of adaptability as conditions change. In recent weeks, BC has experienced a steady increase in COVID-19 case […]

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021

August 25, 2021

Earlier this year, the federal government passed legislation to mark September 30 as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The Province of BC has moved to recognize this as a new annual statutory day, and a day of commemoration. As noted by the BC Government in their news release about this legislation: “In recent years, […]

Dr. John Martens Named Inaugural Director of the Centre for Christian Engagement at St. Mark’s College, UBC

August 24, 2021

The Centre for Christian Engagement seeks to create a culture of encounter and dialogue by creating opportunities to address the challenges associated with the disengagement of Christians from the Church and the life of faith. Vancouver, BC – July 29, 2021. Following a lengthy and thorough international search, St. Mark's College at UBC is pleased […]

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2022 Honorary Doctorate Degree at St. Mark’s College

August 17, 2021

St. Mark’s College at UBC is now accepting nominations for the honorary degree Doctor of Sacred Letters, honoris causa, to be awarded at the 2022 Convocation ceremony. The honorary doctorate degree is the highest honour within the power of St. Mark’s College, and the selection of candidates for such a degree reflects the College’s highest […]

St. Mark’s College at UBC to Confer Honorary Doctorate to Dr. Angus Reid

July 9, 2021

St. Mark’s College at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is pleased to announce Dr. Angus Reid – a prominent and extraordinary Catholic entrepreneur and strong supporter of Catholic education – as a recipient of the institution’s highest honour, the degree Doctor of Sacred Letters, honoris causa. The degree will be conferred by the Most […]

St. Mark’s College Receives $50,000 USD Lilly Endowment Grant

June 18, 2021

St. Mark’s College has been awarded a $50,000 USD ($62,000 CAD) grant through Phase 1 of Lilly Endowment’s Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative. The Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative seeks to help theological schools in Canada and the United States strengthen and sustain their capacities to prepare and support pastoral leaders (both clergy and lay pastoral leaders) […]

St. Mark’s College degree delivery expands throughout British Columbia

June 8, 2021

St. Mark’s College is pleased to announce a highly requested change to course delivery for the graduate programs. Effective Fall 2021 all graduate-level courses will be offered as weekly, synchronous (live), virtual classes. These courses will be accessible to students throughout British Columbia. In line with the vision for the Community of St. Mark’s to […]

Statement on Kamloops Indian Residential School burial site

June 1, 2021

This is a wretched moment in time. The province, the nation, are roiled by the discovery of the 215 bodies of Indigenous children buried on the grounds of Kamloops Indian Residential School. Shame is mixed with remorse, anger and moral outrage. But it is not enough to shout j’accuse. That is too easy. We have known […]

First Ever Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Placement in Canada

May 13, 2021

VANCOUVER, BC, May 13, 2021. St. Mark's College and the Vancouver School of Theology, Theological Colleges affiliated with the University of British Columbia, are pleased to announce their collaboration as the first Canadian theological schools to host a Postdoctoral Fellowship through the Louisville Institute. Dr. Sarah Kathleen Johnson has been appointed through this program effective […]

Fall 2021 Course Delivery for Undergraduate Students

April 16, 2021

Dear Students, This fall marks the first time since March 2020 that courses will be delivered in-person, on-campus. The prospect of returning to campus is exciting and the return will be undertaken cautiously and safely. At every step, we will be working under the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and government […]

Campus Renovation Update

March 25, 2021

When students, faculty and staff eventually return to campus, they will be seeing big changes. In March 2020, and continuing now, all Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s College classes were transitioned to virtual delivery, staff and faculty began working from home, and onsite events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This left the buildings unoccupied. With […]

COVID-19 update: September 2021

March 12, 2021

Dear Students, This week, Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, informed B.C. post-secondary institutions they can plan for a return to on-campus activity this fall. The news follows the government’s work to increase vaccinations so all eligible British Columbians are expected to have access to COVID-19 vaccinations this summer. Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s welcomes this announcement […]

New student award, sponsored by local rabbi, honors legacy of Basilian priest, teacher, and friend

March 8, 2021

St. Mark’s College is thrilled to launch the Father Gerald McGuigan, CSB Award for students pursuing their Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Culture. Made possible through the generosity of Rabbi Yosef Wosk, PhD, ThM, the Father Gerald (Gerry) McGuigan, CSB Award of $1,000 will be given annually to a 2nd, 3rd , or 4th […]

Academic Plan for Summer I and Summer II

January 15, 2021

Dear students, As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the colleges are committed to continue our work as a vibrant centre of intellectual life while ensuring the safety of our students, faculty, staff and community. We are following the government’s guidelines for post-secondary institutions and have made the following decisions for the Summer I and […]

Holiday break extension – Winter 2021 starts January 11, 2021

December 4, 2020

Dear students, As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the colleges are committed to continuing our work as a vibrant centre of intellectual life while ensuring the safety of our students, faculty, staff and community. As we head towards the end of 2020, we are pleased to announce that, in line with the University of […]

COVID-19 Updates

November 30, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the colleges are committed to continuing our work as a vibrant centre of intellectual life while ensuring the safety of our students, faculty, staff and community. We are following the public health guidelines for post-secondary institutions and all classes will be delivered remotely for the Winter 2021 term. […]

Dr. Scott Kline named inaugural Visiting Scholar in Ethics for St. Mark’s College and Providence Health Care

October 27, 2020

St. Mark’s College and Providence Health Care have united to address the need for enhanced ethics in Catholic health care in Vancouver. A new position will support the local Catholic health care community dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of those served through compassionate care, teaching and research. Vancouver, BC – […]

From the Desk of the President

October 7, 2020

Welcome everyone to the inauguaral mass of the new academic year, the Mass of the Holy Spirit     This is a time of beginnings but it must strike us all that it feels more like a time of endings—no onsite classes, limited interaction at gatherings, a legion of bubbles that continues to contract, communion by […]

From the Desk of the President

September 9, 2020

We live in tumultuous times.  And such times—conscientization around race, social and economic inequity, historical redress if not re-examination concerning past behaviour, both institutional and personal—call out for response.     Universities are sanctuaries, safe ground for sober reflection, as well as hallowed places where deep thinking can occur, bold and prophetic ideas probed, where the […]

Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s at UBC receives Jesuit endorsement

July 9, 2020

We are pleased to announce a five-year endorsement agreement has been signed between the Jesuits of Canada and Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s at the University of British Columbia (UBC). “This endorsement from the Jesuits of Canada is yet another important and exciting stage for Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s. Building on the charism of the Basilian Fathers, who […]

St. Mark’s College at UBC to Confer 2020 Honorary Doctorate to Dr. Paul Burns

July 4, 2020

St. Mark’s College at UBC is pleased to announce Dr. Paul Burns — Professor Emeritus and an academic leader whose commitment to his students and to the lifelong pursuit of learning has made him an inspiration to all — will be awarded the institution’s highest honour, the degree Doctor of Sacred Letters, honoris causa. The […]

Academic Plan for Fall 2020

July 3, 2020

  Dear students, As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the colleges are committed to continue our work as a vibrant centre of intellectual life while ensuring the safety of our students, faculty, staff and community. We cannot control the full trajectory of this pandemic, so we must accept the unknowns and be ready to […]

Statement on Racial Injustice in America and Canada

June 3, 2020

  Dear Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s College Community,     I write to you today deeply upset by the racial injustices that have sparked outrage, protests and many overdue and important discussions in America. The inequality and injustices we are seeing in the U.S. are patterns caused by systemic racism that is also very much present […]

Dr. Michael W. Higgins – New Interim President and Vice-Chancellor

May 15, 2020

The Board of Directors at Corpus Christi College-St. Mark’s College at UBC is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael W. Higgins as Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of the colleges, commencing July 15, 2020. Dr. Higgins brings to the position an extensive and distinguished background as an experienced academic leader, celebrated author and lecturer. […]

Leadership announcement: President, Dr. Peter Meehan, steps down

March 13, 2020

Vancouver, BC – March 13, 2020. On behalf of the Board of Directors at St. Mark’s College-Corpus Christi College at UBC, we are writing to inform you that Dr. Peter Meehan has announced his resignation as President and Vice Chancellor. After almost six years at the Catholic colleges at UBC, he will depart at the […]

Snow Alert

January 17, 2020

Status: Friday, January 17, 2020 - The College is open.   Until the decision to “close” is announced, the Colleges are to be considered open. A decision to "close", made before 6:30 a.m. of a work day, including Saturdays when classes or exams are scheduled, would be posted on this webpage. Unless otherwise specified, the […]

Transit strike update

November 21, 2019

Transit strike update – December 9, 2019 Please see below for an important update on the Metro Vancouver SkyTrain strike. Due to job action, the Expo and Millennium SkyTrain Lines are scheduled for a full shutdown on December 10, 11 and 12. All other transit modes are operating, but will be busier than usual. We […]

Possible transit operators’ strike: Metro Vancouver bus and SeaBus drivers have issued a 72-hour strike notice

October 29, 2019

Campus notification from UBC You may be aware that the union representing Coast Mountain Bus Company transit workers and SeaBus operators held a vote, in which the majority of its members voted in favour of strike action. Although negotiations have been taking place, the Joint Union Bargaining Committee has now issued a 72-hour strike notice […]

Message from Dr. Lynda Robitaille, Dean of Theology : Senate Alumni Position Available

September 5, 2019

To all St. Mark’s College graduate alumni: I am writing to you because you are an alumnus/a of St. Mark’s College’s graduate programs. You may recall that Bertilla Watanabe previously held the Alumni Representative position on Senate, serving after Susan Sousa. That term has ended and we now need to update our membership on Senate. Senate is […]

Brand-new Centre for Christian Engagement launches with a series of lectures, forums, and retreats

June 18, 2019

As the Catholic centre of the University of British Columbia, the Community of St. Mark’s is committed to serving the needs of Catholic higher education, both at the University and in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Responding to Pope Francis’ call for Christians to create a culture of encounter and dialogue, the new St. Mark’s College […]

Convocation 2019: Student Address

June 10, 2019

Dear Your Excellency Archbishop Miller, President Meehan, Board Chairman Boscariol, Faculty, Staff, Distinguished Guests, Friends, Family and fellow Graduates: It is an honour and a privilege to stand before you today to represent the class of 2019: a class made up of diverse individuals from all walks of life, spanning different programs and degrees, each […]

Celebrating the Inspirational Paul Burns

June 10, 2019

After many years as an integral part of the community, Dr. Paul Burns, our valued Dean of Arts, will be stepping down from his position. Paul’s leadership within the school helped build numerous connections with UBC and his talent for teaching continually engaged students in the synthesis of faith and reason. Paul Burns has been […]

Convocation Awards 2019

June 10, 2019

Congratulations to students who won awards at the 2019 Convocation.   Communitas Award The Communitas Award is given to students who demonstrate outstanding servant leadership to our community and to the broader Catholic community. These students bring Christian fellowship to life in the College, embodied by their passion and dedication to serve their community in […]

St. Mark’s College at UBC launches the Centre for Christian Engagement

May 28, 2019

Vancouver, BC – May 28, 2019. St. Mark’s College at UBC is pleased to announce the launch of the Centre for Christian Engagement. The Centre for Christian Engagement seeks to help create a culture of community and dialogue by providing opportunities to address the challenges of Christians disengaging from the Church and the life of […]

St. Mark’s College at UBC to Confer 2019 Honorary Doctorate to Dianne Doyle

May 24, 2019

Vancouver, BC – May 24, 2019. St. Mark’s College at UBC is pleased to announce Dianne Doyle – a widely recognized and respected champion of Catholic healthcare, leader in the governance of non-profits and an advocate of the vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society – will be awarded the institution’s highest honour, the Doctor of […]

Welcome to the new St. Mark’s College website

March 22, 2019

We are thrilled to announce the new and improved St. Mark's College website has launched. We've redesigned our website with you in mind. Fun fact: The previous St. Mark's website was almost 10 years old! It served us well but it was time for a change. The new site is a complete overhaul and includes […]



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