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 Centre for Christian Engagement seeks opportunities to address the challenges associated with the disengagement of Christians from both the Church and the life of faith.
We are delighted to report that the new Centre’s initial program included contributions from: Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI, President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas; Dr. Michael W. Higgins, Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut; and Sister Sue Mosteller, CSJ, former leader of the International Federation of L’Arche.
Several activities marked the centre’s opening, including:
• Spiritual Retreat – A Toolkit for Spiritual Survival
• Silence and Contemplation: Required Tools for Spiritual Survival
• A Spirituality for Steadiness and Sanity: Keeping Sabbath and Opening our Lives to God – Keeping Acedia, Anxiety and Unsteadiness at Bay
• Public Lecture and Panel Discussion – The Role of the Laity in the Reform of the Church: a modest but urgent proposal
• Book Launch and Jesuit Scotch Tasting
• Presentation by Sister Sue Mosteller, CSJ, to students about L’Arche
The Centre for Christian Engagement was established through generous donations from The Archdiocese of Vancouver, Peter Bull, Angus Reid and Andy Szocs.