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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 […]

St. Mark’s College and Vancouver School of Theology Launch Post-Secondary Ecumenical Partnership

November 20, 2018

Vancouver, BC - November 20, 2018. St. Mark’s College and the Vancouver School of Theology (VST), affiliated Theological Colleges of the University of British Columbia, are pleased to announce the signing of an agreement to increase educational offerings for domestic and international students aspiring to pursue graduate studies. The agreement includes program partnerships and other […]

Welcome from the Office of the Principal

August 9, 2018

Dear Students,ㅤ Welcome to a new semester at St. Mark’s College, the Catholic Theological College affiliated with the University of British Columbia! You are part of the Community of St. Mark’s at UBC, which also includes St. Mark’s Parish, served by the Jesuit Fathers, and our undergraduate sister institution, Corpus Christi College.ㅤ Catholic higher education […]

Sharing an “Inheritance of Faith”: Ambrose and Matilda Choi

April 24, 2018

The couple hope to support 20 organizations over a 20-year period, and then pass the project on to the next generation - their sons "Even just a few people from a small community can contribute to the local community." - Ambrose Choi After facing the challenges of immigrating to Canada from Korea in 2004, Ambrose and […]

St. Mark’s College at UBC to Confer 2018 Honorary Doctorate to Father Thomas Rosica, CSB

April 20, 2018

A well-respected biblical scholar, author, speaker, and commentator, Father Rosica is the founding CEO of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and Television Network in Canada, and has served as English language assistant in the Holy See Press Office. Vancouver, BC - April 20, 2018. St. Mark's College at UBC is pleased to announce […]

St. Mark’s College Achieves Full ATS Accreditation

April 11, 2018

Vancouver, BC - April 11, 2018. St. Mark's College is very pleased to announce that the College has been granted full accreditation by the Board of Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).  ATS is a membership organization of more than 270 graduate schools that educate persons for […]

Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen, Former Principal of St. Mark’s College and President of Corpus Christi College, Appointed New Bishop for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon

September 20, 2017

Vancouver, BC - September 13, 2017. Pope Francis has appointed former Principal of St. Mark's College and President of Corpus Christi College, Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen, as the new Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. The appointment was announced on September 12, 2017. "Bishop Mark", as he is known to students, was Principal of St. […]

St. Mark’s College Reaches Final Accreditation Step with Association of Theological Schools (ATS)

July 5, 2017

Vancouver, BC - July 5, 2017. St. Mark’s College is proud to announce its final step in the accreditation process with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). From October 16-19, 2017 St. Mark's College will undergo a comprehensive site visit from an ATS evaluation committee. St. Mark’s College received ATS Associate Membership in 2010, and […]

Every student from inaugural St. Mark’s Bachelor of Arts program accepted to UBC Faculty of Education

June 5, 2017

Vancouver, BC - June 5, 2017 St. Mark’s College’s celebrated the graduation of its inaugural class from the new Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Culture program. The graduates, all aspiring teachers wanting to teach in Catholic, faith-based, or public schools in British Columbia, received a BA with teaching concentrations in English, History (Socials), and […]

Corpus Christi College Founder Receives Papal Medal

May 20, 2017

Vancouver, BC - May 20, 2017. Corpus Christi College Founder and Former Executive Director Dr. Gerald Sylvester was awarded with a papal medal, the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, in 2016, for “his passionate role in fostering Catholic higher education”. Unable to attend the award ceremony in November, 2016, Dr. Sylvester received the medal at […]

Dr. Nicholas Olkovich Named Inaugural Marie Anne Blondin Chair at St. Mark’s College at UBC

May 18, 2017

The Chair will support a stable theology department of excellence, which responds to our evolving times and is at the forefront of the Church's commitment to dialogue and encounter. Vancouver, BC - May 18, 2017. Following a lengthy and thorough international search, St. Mark's College at UBC is pleased to announce the appointment of our […]

St. Mark’s College at UBC to Confer 2017 Honorary Doctorate to Internationally Recognized Pediatrician and Ethicist Sister Nuala Kenny

May 9, 2017

Vancouver, BC - May 9, 2017. St. Mark's College at UBC is pleased to announce that Sister Nuala Patricia Kenny, OC, BA, MD, FRCP(C) - an internationally recognized pediatrician, ethicist, and educator on healthcare and policy - will be awarded the institution's highest honour, the Doctor of Sacred Letters (honoris causa). The degree will be […]

Convocation 2017: Student Address

May 8, 2017

Vancouver, BC - May 2017 "Today is a day of hope. It is a day in which the past, present, and future collide; a day of nostalgia, transience, and faith. It has been only three weeks since the end of term, and yet, already, I find myself renarrativizing the reality of my undergraduate experience. During […]

Board Members of St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi Colleges Recognized as “Exceptional” Lawyers with Queen’s Counsel (QC) Designation

December 20, 2016

Vancouver, BC - December 20, 2016 - 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 […]

Principal interviewed by Salt + Light Media

September 25, 2016

In this wide-ranging WITNESS Interview, Fr. Thomas Rosica speaks with Dr. Peter Meehan, President of Corpus Christi College and Principal of St. Mark's College.  

Saint Mark’s College to Confer 2016 Honorary Doctorate to Retired Neurosurgeon, Humanitarian Dr. Felix Durity

May 2, 2016

Vancouver, BC – May 2, 2016. Saint Mark’s College at UBC is pleased to announce that Dr. Felix Durity – retired neurosurgeon, former Head of Neurosurgery and current Professor Emeritus in UBC’s Department of Surgery, and a committed humanitarian – will be awarded the institution’s highest honour, the Doctor of Sacred Letters (honoris causa). The […]

St. Mark’s College at UBC Receives $3M Gift to Fund Endowed Chair

February 5, 2016

Major endowment will help expand the College’s academic and outreach mission Vancouver, BC – February 5, 2016. St. Mark’s College at UBC is pleased to announce that the Sisters of Saint Ann have contributed $3 million to the College to establish the Marie Anne Blondin Chair in Theology. The endowment represents the largest in the […]

Saint Mark’s in the News: “Theists and atheists have much to learn from one another”

January 6, 2016

Read Pam Johnson's interview with Dr Sam Rocha, Pastoral Philospher-in-Residence at Saint Mark's College, at: http://www.vancourier.com/community/theists-and-atheists-have-much-to-le.... Dr. Rocha is presenting a special series at St. Joseph the Worker in Richmond on ‘Atheism, Doubt and the Search for God’. For more info and register, click here.

Annual Fundraiser Supports Students

October 8, 2015

Responding to Pope Francis’ Call to Support Catholic Higher Education This past weekend, friends and supporters of Corpus Christi College and Saint Mark’s College gathered for our 15th Annual Fundraising Breakfast to help support Catholic Higher Education in Vancouver. Funds raised support student merit-based scholarships and bursaries for financially needy students.   The audience heard […]

Noted Canadian Bioethicist Dr. Moira McQueen to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Saint Mark’s College

March 9, 2015

Vancouver, BC – MARCH 9, 2015 – Saint Mark’s College, the Catholic Theological College affiliated with the University of British Columbia, is pleased to announce that Dr. Moira McQueen, a leading bioethicist and moral theologian, will be awarded the institution’s highest honour, the Doctor of Sacred Letters (honoris causa). The degree will be conferred by […]

Saint Mark’s College and Corpus Christi College Announce Dr. Peter Matthew Meehan as New Principal and President

June 16, 2014

Vancouver, BC, June 16, 2014 –The Board of Directors of Saint Mark’s College and Corpus Christi College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Peter Matthew Meehan as the next Principal pro tem of Saint Mark’s College and President of Corpus Christi College for an initial five-year term, effective August 1, 2014. Saint Mark’s, […]

Convocation 2014: Graduates should “turn the world upside down” and prioritize the poor

May 10, 2014

Saint Mark's graduates and instructors recognized for outstanding achievement at this year's convocation.Vancouver, BC – MAY 10, 2014 – To be seen as “good news”, evangelization must relate to its contemporary context and prioritize the poor. This was one of the key messages in the address delivered by Saint Mark College’s honorary doctorate recipient, Sister […]

Honorary Doctorate Recipient Recognized for Leadership in Ecumenism and Interfaith Dialogue

March 13, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE Vancouver, BC – MARCH 13, 2014 – Saint Mark’s College, the Catholic Theological College affiliated with the University of British Columbia, is pleased to announce that Sister Donna Geernaert, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Charity–Halifax, will be awarded the institution’s highest honour, the Doctor of Sacred Letters (honoris causa). The degree will […]

Dr. Paul C. Burns Appointed Interim Principal of Saint Mark’s College

October 24, 2013

October 24, 2013. Dr. Paul C. Burns has been appointed as Interim Principal of Saint Mark’s College and Interim President of Corpus Christi College. He will assume these responsibilities on November 15, 2013. Current Principal of Saint Mark’s College and President of Corpus Christi College , Rev. Dr. Mark A. Hagemoen, was recently appointed Bishop […]

Pope Appoints Saint Mark’s College Principal as Bishop

October 15, 2013

October 15, 2013. Rev. Dr. Mark A Hagemoen, Principal of Saint Mark’s College and President of Corpus Christi College, has been appointed by Pope Francis as Bishop of the Diocese of Mackenzie - Fort Smith, based in Yellowknife. Mackenzie - Fort Smith is Canada's largest-area and northernmost diocese. “Dr. Rev. Hagemoen has been a driving […]


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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
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