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 founded St. Mark's College here at the University of British Columbia in 1956, this alignment with the Jesuits will enable our mission in Catholic higher education in Vancouver and British Columbia by emphasizing the important work of forming women and men for others,” said Dr. Peter Meehan, President and Vice-Chancellor of Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s.
The endorsement agreement will allow the colleges to deepen links with Canadian Jesuit communities and the global network of some 200 Jesuit colleges and universities, including 27 Jesuit universities in the United States.
The colleges are committed to the development of an Ignatian mission and vision, and to building strong relationships with institutions and other partners in the Jesuit Province of Canada, with the Jesuit Forum, with Canadian Jesuits International and other bodies within the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States.
Since 2007, the Jesuits have shown a strong commitment to the Community of St. Mark’s at UBC, providing full-time pastoral leadership for St. Mark’s Parish, including duties as Catholic chaplains to the university and its hospital system. The Society has also missioned six Jesuit priests and three Jesuit scholastics to these works, as well as additional support from the local Jesuit community, the Jesuit Spiritual Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, and the Christian Life Community at St. Mark’s Parish.
As an institution that now breathes with the spirit of the Jesuit tradition, Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s College seeks to be guided and inspired by the various characteristics and charisms marking Jesuit higher education around the world.
The collaborative relationships that have developed between the Community of St. Mark’s at UBC, the Jesuits and their Ignatian partners currently support a wide range of opportunities for spiritual and intellectual formation, both here at the university and throughout the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
The Community of St. Mark’s at UBC includes St. Mark’s College, Corpus Christi College, and St. Mark’s Parish, administered by the Jesuit Fathers. Together, they serve as the integrated Catholic centre of the university. Through the offering of undergraduate and graduate degrees and continuing education programs, the Colleges engage students in an experience of discovery, growth and integration in the gifts of faith and reason, leading them to think rigorously, act justly and serve faithfully.
Kerilee Falloon, Communications, St. Mark’s College at UBC