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. All extracurricular activities and events will not take place in person and will occur virtually. Our campuses are currently closed.

Although our campuses are physically closed, our staff and faculty continue to work remotely and are online and ready to support you. Please feel free to contact our staff, using our directory.

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We at Corpus Christi College are grateful for the openness, compassion and strength we have seen as we navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic while striving to maintain a high level of education and sense of community.

Going forward, we will continue to follow the recommendations of the BC Public Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control in planning for a phased return to campus whenever it is safe to do so.

For information about Corpus Christi College’s operational and health and safety plans moving forward, please read our Go Forward Plan.

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this challenging time as a community. If you have any questions at any time, please email or call our Welcome Centre – Information Desk at [email protected] or by calling 604-822-6862 Ext. 111.

 

 

 

 

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 Winter 2021 term:

1. All classes will continue to be delivered through remote methods.

This will allow access to learning for all students regardless of their health risks or physical access to campus. There will be no requirement for students to physically visit campus during the Winter 2021 term.

2. Due to health and safety concerns and in order to avoid the spread of the virus, extracurricular activities and events will not take place in person and will occur virtually.

3. Our campuses are closed. Please do not come to campus, as both campuses are closed due to COVID-19 and ongoing construction.

4. We will continue to ensure that our remote learning and teaching provides a high-quality experience.

5. We will continue to deliver student supports, academic resources and services remotely. Please visit our website to access student services.

Going forward, we will continue to follow the recommendations of the BC Public Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control.

We at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi are grateful for the openness, compassion and strength we have seen as we navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic while striving to maintain a high level of education and sense of community.

This academic year looks different. We have adapted and are ready—welcoming the new realities and rising to meet new challenges. Working together, we are eager to welcome you back to campus when safe to do so.

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this challenging time as a community. Although we’re not physically together, please know that our staff and faculty are available to you digitally. We are here to help. If you have any questions at any time, please email [email protected] and they will connect you with the best office to address your concern.

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael W. Higgins

President, Corpus Christi College

Principal, St. Mark’s College

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.

 

About the Community of St. Mark’s at UBC

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.

 

CONTACT

Kerilee Falloon, Communications, St. Mark’s College at UBC
[email protected]

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 degree will be conferred by the Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, CSB, Archbishop of Vancouver and Chancellor of St. Mark’s College, at the College’s rescheduled 2020 Convocation, which has been postponed due to COVID-19.

As a staple of the St. Mark’s College community for more than 45 years, Paul’s tenure honoured the College’s charter through his teaching of historical theology. These included courses in Theology and Spirituality of significant people such as Origen, Athanasius, Hilary of Poitiers, Augustine of Hippo, Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa. Paul was also Principal of St. Mark’s College on three separate occasions: from 1974 to 1980, from 1984 until 1990 and from 2013 to 2014. During the latter term, he also served as President of Corpus Christi College. At the time of his retirement in 2019, Paul was the Dean of Liberal Arts at Corpus Christi College, where he oversaw a curriculum emphasizing the liberal arts grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition.

“Over the course of his more than forty-five years of association with St. Mark’s and, later, Corpus Christi College, Dr. Paul Burns has embodied the very highest values of the Colleges. As a scholar, a teacher and an administrator, he has led with the motto of the Congregation of St. Basil as his guide, ‘Teach me goodness, discipline and knowledge’ from the Book of Proverbs. And in that same Basilian higher educational tradition, he has been able to adapt to the changing circumstances of the ‘Catholic centre’ of the UBC, moving with the times in order to offer both the university and the Colleges what they needed, when it needed it. Honouring Paul with an honorary doctorate is not only a good thing to do, it is the right thing to do, and we as a college community join with Paul and his wife Maureen Lyons in joyful celebration of this well deserved honour,” said Dr. Peter Meehan, President and Vice Chancellor, Corpus Christi - St. Mark’s College at UBC.

Paul’s storied career included major contributions to UBC, where he taught World Religions and the History of Christian Thought for 15 years, culminating with him earning UBC’s University Teaching Prize in 1995. In his time at UBC, he started a BA Majors program devoted to Religion, Literature and the Arts.

For 17 years, Paul was involved with the Arts One Program at UBC. In two terms as Chair, he steered Arts One through two external reviews. He argued for three streams: a) the traditional Great Books of Western culture; b) Comparative Study of Western culture with one of Indigenous or one of the Asian cultures; and c) Dialogues between the Arts and Sciences.
Paul holds multiple degrees including a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Toronto, a B. Litt. in History of Christian Thought from Oxford, a S.T.B. in Theology from the University of St. Michael’s College, a M.A. in Classics from the University of Toronto and a B.A. (Honors) in Classics from the University of Toronto.

ABOUT ST. MARK’S COLLEGE AT UBC
St. Mark's College is a member of the Community of St. Mark's at UBC, which comprises St. Mark's College, Corpus Christi College, and St. Mark's Parish. As the affiliated Catholic Theological College of the University of British Columbia (UBC), St. Mark's College offers a variety of academic programs and continuing education opportunities for Catholics and non-Catholics. Together with Corpus Christi College, St. Mark's College is a centre of excellence for undergraduate and graduate Catholic education in British Columbia.

St. Mark's is committed to promoting an authentic Christian humanism, marked by the pursuit of academic excellence and animated by the joy of searching for, discovering, and communicating truth in every field of knowledge. The College prepares graduates who continually strive to integrate and synthesize faith and reason so that they will serve society charged with a commitment to think rigorously, to act justly and to serve faithfully.

The College offers programs that are grounded in the Catholic intellectual and moral tradition, including a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Culture for aspiring Catholic teachers; Master's degrees in Religious Education, Theological Studies, Pastoral Studies and Catholic Leadership; and engaging public lectures and professional development opportunities addressing faith leading to understanding.

CONTACT
Kerilee Falloon, Communications, St. Mark’s College at UBC
[email protected]

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 adapt. We do have control over doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 and we will do this by following the government’s guidelines for post-secondary institutions. Accordingly, we have developed a phased return-to-campus plan and have made the following decisions for the fall 2020 term:

1. All classes will be delivered through remote methods.
This will allow access to learning for all students regardless of their health risks or physical access to campus. There will be no requirement for students to physically visit campus during the fall 2020 term.

2. Our hope is to begin optional in-person tutorials as soon as we are allowed by government and health authorities and we are able to adhere to public health and safety guidelines. To avoid having an unsafe number of people on campus, we will limit the number of in-person tutorials. Working with staff, faculty and health and safety experts, we will identify which in-person tutorials and activities will be allowed, and we will share that information as soon as we can. Any on-campus tutorials that are offered will be optional as no student will be required to visit campus if they feel unsafe doing so.

3. Due to the limited number of people we can have on campus, extracurricular activities and events will not take place in person and will occur virtually.

4. We will continue to ensure that our remote learning and teaching provides a high-quality experience.

5. We will continue to deliver student supports, academic resources and services remotely, with some services being offered in-person, subject to health and safety guidelines.

We are implementing a number of new processes and protections to offer enhanced personal safety, with further updates to come. Going forward, we will continue to follow the recommendations of the BC Public Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control.

We at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi are grateful for the openness, compassion and strength we have seen as we navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic while striving to maintain the high level of education and sense of community.

The fall semester looks different. We will adapt and be ready—welcoming the new realities and rising to meet new challenges. Working together, we are eager to welcome you back to campus when safe to do so.

Sincerely, Dr. Emil Canlas

Registrar, Corpus Christi College and St. Mark's College at UBC

 

If you have questions at any time, please email [email protected] and we will connect you with the best office to address your concern.

 

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 in Canada today and throughout our country’s history.

At the Colleges, we strive to create an inclusive environment with respect for all. In the coming weeks, we will be sharing various educational resources highlighting actions that can be taken to combat racism. This is a learning process for us as well and each one of us has the responsibility to listen and be better.

Let’s do that together.

 

Sincerely, Dr. Peter Meehan
President, Corpus Christi-St. Mark's

 

It is with great sadness the Community of St. Mark's at UBC — Corpus Christi College, St. Mark's College, and St. Mark's Parish — shares the passing Dr. Gerald (Gerry) Sylvester on May 19, 2020 at the age of 90.

 

Along with his wife Marian Sylvester, Gerry was a passionate supporter of Catholic higher education and a visionary founder of Corpus Christi College.

 

In the early 1980s, when the long-time dream to launch a Catholic liberal arts university in Vancouver began gathering steam, retired educators and supporters of Catholic education began attending planning meetings. These 'kitchen table' gatherings soon became a regular occurrence at the Sylvester home and sparked the creation of Corpus Christi College.

 

This group incorporated themselves as The Advancement of Higher Education in the Catholic Tradition Society with their explicit purpose to found a liberal arts college to be called “Corpus Christi.” In 1999, the vision was fully realized and Corpus Christi College opened its doors to students. Gerry served on the College's first Board, and soon became its first Executive Director.

 

In recognition of his life-long commitment to Catholic education, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Mark’s College in 2006 and in 2017 he, along with Marian, was awarded the papal Cross Pro Ecclesiae et Pontifice by Pope Francis. Both Gerry and Marian remained unflagging supporters of the College throughout their lives.

 

Prior to the founding of Corpus Christi, Gerry had a long career in post-secondary education working at Langara College, Vancouver Community College, Notre Dame University College and serving as one of the first Presidents of Malaspina College, now Vancouver Island University.

 

“Gerry created an incredible legacy that will continue to have a profound impact for generations to come,” remarks Dr. Peter Meehan, President of Corpus Christi College. “This community of faith and learning would not exist without his dedication to Catholic education and to the good of humanity.”

 

To honour and recognize their parents' passion for Catholic higher education and their tireless support of Corpus Christi College, the Sylvester siblings endowed a scholarship fund in their parents' names in 2013.

 

The siblings are requesting that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Marian and Gerry Sylvester Scholarship fund at Corpus Christi College.

 

Funeral plans will be private and a public memorial will take place when permitted by public health guidelines.

 

View full obituary for Dr. Gerald Sylvester

 

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.

Dr. Higgins, a native Torontonian, is a biographer, author, columnist and scholar. He is currently the Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut and has previously held positions as President and Vice-Chancellor of St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo and St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Among his numerous authored and co-authored books are: The Jesuit Mystique; Power and Peril: the Catholic Church at the Crossroads; Heretic Blood: the Spiritual Geography of Thomas Merton; The Muted Voice: Religion and the Media; Stalking the Holy: In Pursuit of Saint-Making; Suffer the Children unto Me: An Open Inquiry into the Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal; Genius Born of Anguish: the Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen; Thomas Merton: Faithful Visionary; The Unquiet Monk: Thomas Merton’s Questing Faith; Jean Vanier: Logician of the Heart; and Impressively Free: Henri Nouwen as a Model for a Reformed Priesthood.

Many of these books have been translated into German, Italian, French and Norwegian and have won national and international status as bestsellers.

Dr. Higgins is a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail, Commonweal, The Tablet, and the Literary Review of Canada and he is a frequent commentator for both the CBC and CTV networks.

His Ideas series, “Genius Born of Anguish” with producer Kevin Burns and executive producer Bernie Lucht, won the 2013 Gold Medal for International Radio Documentaries awarded by the New York Festivals.

Dr. Higgins is a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto, an International Fellow of the Chester Ronning Centre for Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta, and an Affiliate Graduate Professor at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.

He is married to Krystyna, a liturgical musician and spiritual writer, and they have four adult children.

Dr. Higgins is excited to join the Catholic colleges at UBC.

"I am leaving an institution--Sacred Heart University--defined by its focused energy and new visioning to go to an institution defined by its focused energy and new visioning. Corpus Christi College-St. Mark’s College has securely established a foundation for growth, societal interconnection, student enrichment and spiritual flourishing,” Dr. Higgins says.
“Strengthening the local and national profile, enhancing the relationship with the University of British Columbia, and furthering the collegiality and catholicity of Corpus Christi College-St. Mark’s College are clear priorities for me."

Dr. Peter Meehan will continue to serve as President until Dr. Higgins assumes his duties in July. Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Dr. Higgins to the colleges.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Kerilee Falloon, Communications, St. Mark’s College at UBC
[email protected]

Map the System–Oxford Global Challenge, is a unique and prestigious competition by Oxford University where students tackle problems to pressing social issues.

 

After impressively choosing to continue in the competition through the COVID-19 pandemic, Team Rise Above from Corpus has advanced through two rounds and won a spot to represent Canada at the global competition.

 

Schools who also placed to represent Canada include UBC, University of Waterloo, Ryerson and Mount Royal.

 

Congratulations to team members Gabrielle Alvarez, Raisa Jose, and Sean Ryan.

 

 

About Team Rise Above’s Project

YOUTH HOMELESSNESS IN THE DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE

Our research focuses on youth homelessness in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver, British Columbia. As Vancouver has become one of the most expensive cities in the world over the past 3 decades, we see the effects of this in our growing population of homeless youth. Although there are currently organizations and funding that aim to support this issue, there is still an increase in the amount of youth without homes. This is due to most of the support systems in place focusing only on the short term issue of keeping the youth alive. We propose a government agency that’s purpose is to have the resources and contacts to set up youth with a plan of action that best fits their individual needs. This will create a higher likelihood that when they enter into adulthood they can break their cycle of poverty.

Watch Team Rise Above's Video

 

Monday, September 28, 2020 - 4:03 p.m.

Academic Plan for Winter 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 Winter 2021 term:

1. All classes will continue to be delivered through remote methods.

This will allow access to learning for all students regardless of their health risks or physical access to campus. There will be no requirement for students to physically visit campus during the Winter 2021 term.

2. Due to health and safety concerns and in order to avoid the spread of the virus, extracurricular activities and events will not take place in person and will occur virtually.

3. Our campuses are closed. Please do not come to campus, as both campuses are closed due to COVID-19 and ongoing construction.

4. We will continue to ensure that our remote learning and teaching provides a high-quality experience.

5. We will continue to deliver student supports, academic resources and services remotely. Please visit our website to access student services.

Going forward, we will continue to follow the recommendations of the BC Public Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control.

We at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi are grateful for the openness, compassion and strength we have seen as we navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic while striving to maintain a high level of education and sense of community.

This academic year looks different. We have adapted and are ready—welcoming the new realities and rising to meet new challenges. Working together, we are eager to welcome you back to campus when safe to do so.

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this challenging time as a community. Although we’re not physically together, please know that our staff and faculty are available to you digitally. We are here to help. If you have any questions at any time, please email [email protected] and they will connect you with the best office to address your concern.

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael W. Higgins

President, Corpus Christi College

Principal, St. Mark’s College

 

July 3, 2020

Academic Plan for Fall 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 adapt. We do have control over doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 and we will do this by following the government’s guidelines for post-secondary institutions. Continue reading

 

April 17, 2020 - 3:45 p.m.

Academic Plan for Summer II

Dear students,

As you know, the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve with new developments on a daily basis. We are closely monitoring the situation and continue to update you whenever there is new information available.

Summer II Semester

We previously announced the Summer I semester (May 11-June 26, 2020) will take place online.

While clearly recognizing that plans may still continue to change, I am announcing the Summer II semester (July 6-August 28) will also take place online. Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s, similar to other schools including UBC, have made this decision to offer Summer II online to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Fall Semester

As we continue to navigate the challenges associated with COVID-19, we are actively planning for the Fall semester and the possibility that it may take place online. We will make an announcement regarding the Fall semester as more information becomes available.

We are 100% committed to offering Summer and Fall courses, whether they are online or onsite, to ensure your learning can continue.

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this challenging time as a community. Although we’re not physically together, please know that our staff and faculty are available to you digitally. We are here to help. If you have any questions at any time, please email [email protected] and they will connect you with the best office to address your concern.

Sincerely,

Dr. Peter Meehan

President, Corpus Christi College

Principal, St. Mark's College

 

Additional information on COVID-19 is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website

 

April 9, 2020 - 5:30 p.m.

Information and Resources for International Students

Dear students,
The COVID-19 pandemic and related global changes means we are all adapting to this new reality.
As international students, you may have recently dealt with difficult decisions or have these decisions ahead. There is no playbook for this unique situation in which you find yourself, and every student has different options to consider. It is important to remember, however, that you are not alone.
Corpus Christi is committed to having a supportive community for all students and we will always stand by you. We will continue to bring you the personal academic advising, specialized programs and high-quality Canadian education that is globally recognized.
These are undoubtedly difficult times, but we are all working to ensure our community of students, faculty and staff will get through this together.
Below, we have outlined relevant information and resources specifically for international students. If you have any questions or need guidance, please contact [email protected]
What should I do if I am staying in Canada?
All international students currently residing in Canada should check with their respective embassies, consulates general or high commission offices to determine if they are required to register with the government for assistance in the event of an emergency.
International students may be eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Students living in Canada who have lost a job due to COVID-19 should refer to the CERB website for application details.
My study permit will expire soon and I am currently in Canada. I’m not able to go home. What should I do?
Temporary residents who are currently in Canada are able to apply to extend their status online if they need to extend their status. You must submit your study permit extension application before your study permit becomes invalid. Read more about study permits and how to keep a valid study permit. You will have “implied status” if you’ve applied for a new study permit but it won’t arrive before your current study permit expires. In this case, you’ll be able to remain in Canada until a decision is made on your new application.
I want to go home. Can I leave Canada and continue my classes online?
International students who are leaving Canada should be able to return to their home country by air or land. Summer II classes will be completely online and you can continue your classes online.
How will leaving Canada impact my Post-Graduate work permit?
As classes were moved online because of COVID-19, the Canadian government has stated your eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program won’t be affected. International students may take classes while outside Canada and may complete up to 50% of their program while outside Canada if they cannot travel to Canada sooner.
If I am abroad, can I return to Canada?
International students who have a valid study permit or were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020 are exempt from the travel restrictions.
Upon arriving in Canada, incoming international students will be subjected to the Canadian health screening protocols at the border and are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Review the Immigration, Refugees and Citizens Canada (IRCC) website for detailed information.
At Corpus Christi, we will always be a community of individuals who care deeply. Please know that we are here for you. In the coming weeks, I will send out other communications that may be helpful to you. Please do be in touch if you have any questions or thoughts that you would like to share to [email protected]
Sincerely, Gabriel Pillay
Dean of Students
For quick reference, listed below are the emails where you can reach staff for help.

April 2, 2020 - 4:30 p.m.

Dear students,

The global situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) is evolving quickly, and the last few weeks have transformed all our lives in ways we could never have imagined. With that in mind, I want you to know that we are all in this together. Below I have outlined some key updates that will be important to you.

Convocation

We have made the difficult decision to postpone Convocation. This will not impact your ability to graduate. One of my greatest joys as President is giving out degrees to our graduates as they celebrate their impressive accomplishments with classmates, friends and family. Please understand Convocation is not cancelled and will take place at a later date to ensure your hard work is recognized.

Summer Semesters

As previously announced, Summer I will take place online. There are no updates on Summer II at this time, but please know that preparations are underway for the semester to take place online if needed.

We want to hear from you

You’ll receive a quick survey through email shortly. We want to hear from you about how you are feeling and how we can support you during this ever-changing time. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and let us know what help you need, as your feedback will guide our outreach and communication.

Thank you for your determination, resilience and understanding as we navigate this situation together.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, contact [email protected].

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Peter Meehan

President, Corpus Christi College

Principal, St. Mark's College

 

March 26, 2020 - 4:30 p.m.

 

Dear students,

As you know, the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve with new developments on a daily basis. Many in our community are asking what the status of our summer terms and convocation will be in light of these uncertain times.

Summer Semester

To help our students, faculty and staff as they plan, while clearly recognizing that plans may still continue to change, I am announcing the Summer I semester (starting May 11, 2020) will take place online. Planning is also underway for the possibility that Summer II may need to go online. We will update our community as soon as we determine the final status of Summer II.

Convocation

We’re exploring the option to postpone our graduation ceremony, currently scheduled for May 30, 2020. This will not impact your ability to graduate and we are looking at extending the deadline to apply for graduation. Please understand convocation would only be postponed, not cancelled, and will take place at a later date to ensure your hard work is recognized and celebrated. An announcement about convocation will be made in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this challenging time as a community. Although we’re not physically together, please know that our staff and faculty are available to you digitally. We’re here to help. If you have any questions at any time, please email [email protected] and they will connect you with the best office to address your concern.

Sincerely,

Dr. Peter Meehan

President, Corpus Christi College

Principal, St. Mark's College

 

Additional information on COVID-19 is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website

March 20, 2020 - 4:30 p.m.

The following announcement is for undergraduate students only

 

Dear students,

 

As your professors work exceptionally hard to make course adjustments that will allow you to continue and complete this term online, your learning continues to be our top priority.

This was not the semester anyone expected - thank you for the kindness and appreciation you have shown for their work.

 

Below is a summary of important changes.

 

Winter Semester

 

The Winter Semester has been extended by one week to accommodate these recent changes and will now officially end on May 1, 2020. This extension is applicable for classes and final exams and gives everyone more flexiblilty to meet learning outcomes and reschedule final exams or deadlines.

 

Your professors are making course-by-course decisions to best serve you and your learning outcomes. Professors will directly provide you with specific details about the remainder of the semester and final evaluations.

 

Final exams

 

Final exams will take place online. No final exams will take place in person and final exams will now follow different dates or parameters. All final exams will be complete by May 1, 2020.

 

Over the remaining weeks of the term, your professors will be working to make this change possible. Each course is unique and the specific requirements for final exams and/or final assignments will be assessed on a course-by-course basis. Exact details for each course will be released over the coming weeks directly by your professor.

 

Students who would like to return home can do so with full confidence that they can take their final exams online. If you do choose to travel, please notify your professor of your travel plans so they can extend their support and continued communication in case there would be an interruption of your access to the course on Canvas.

 

Summer Semester

 

An announcement about the Summer I semester will be made next week.

 

Thank you for your patience as we navigate this challenging time together. In times like this, everyone needs support and understanding. Whatever category your requests fall into – academic, mental health, financial support – please email [email protected] and they will work with you to find a solution.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Dr. Peter Meehan

President, Corpus Christi College

Principal, St. Mark's College

 

 

Additional information on COVID-19 is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website

March 17, 2020 - 1:05 p.m.

Dear students,

I’m writing to provide an important update regarding Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The COVID-19 outbreak has presented an unprecedented situation for schools. With the health and safety of our community being a top priority, we will be following the Federal Government's recommendation that everyone should stay home as much as possible. Just like UBC, all of our classes and exams will take place online.

Effective today, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all classes and exams will take place online for the next, at minimum, three weeks.

  • All students, staff and faculty are asked to remain offsite for the next three weeks (Tuesday, March 17 to Friday, April 3, 2020).

 

  • Faculty and staff members will continue their work. All staff will continue to be available to students, faculty and staff during regular business hours. Staff members who are working remotely will be accessible via email, phone or video conferencing.

 

  • Online instruction will continue and final exams will NOT take place in person. You will be provided details on arrangements and timing for exams and course schedules through your instructors, as soon as possible.

 

  • In light of the growing national response to COVID-19, all students planning to travel home may now do so.

 

  • All discretionary events on campus currently scheduled until May 1, 2020 are being cancelled, postponed or offered virtually.

 

We appreciate these are extremely challenging times for our students, and our faculty are working exceptionally hard to adjust courses that will allow you to continue and complete your studies this term. This series of events is unprecedented and rest assured we will provide you with information as we receive it.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact [email protected]. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Peter Meehan

President, Corpus Christi College

Principal, St. Mark's College

 

Additional information on COVID-19 is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control

 

 

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Vancouver, BC – March 13, 2020. On behalf of the Board of Directors at Corpus Christi College-St. Mark's 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 end of June to become the President and Vice-Chancellor at St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

Peter joined the colleges in August 2014 and has been an agent of growth and a wonderful asset to our institution. During his tenure, Peter has worked with the board, staff and faculty to realize our strategic plan, Be at the Centre, and its goals, including:

  • creating our new identity as the Community of St. Mark's at UBC, including Corpus Christi, St. Mark's and St. Mark's Parish, as the "vibrant Catholic centre of the UBC", meeting students "where they are" in their academic and faith journeys;
  • increasing our student body to more than 1,000 full- and part-time students (from about 150 students in 2014);
  • developing a close working relationship with the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Fathers) as we pursue an Ignatian Endorsement Agreement for the Colleges; and

Peter has expressed leaving the colleges as being bittersweet.

“My time at the colleges has presented me with some of the greatest challenges and the greatest joys of my professional life. I have had the privilege of knowing and working with so many good people who believe in and support our mission. After being founded by the Basilian Fathers more than 60 years ago, this community has been through so much. But here we are in 2020, stronger than ever,” he said.

“I have always been inspired by important work. It connects us in ways both small and large with the unfolding of God's plan. From the day I arrived in 2014, I have been deeply aware that God has been with this community, and that put the Holy Spirit at our back, inspiring us to overcome our challenges and to reach for new heights!"

Peter wishes to share his gratitude.

"I am profoundly grateful to so many I have come to know here as colleagues, as Board members and donors and friends. Corpus Christi/St. Mark's has been and will continue to be a community that works together towards the realization of its mission here at UBC and in the Archdiocese of Vancouver,” he said.

“I am particularly grateful to Archbishop Miller, whose friendship and support has been unwavering, and to the Sisters of St. Ann, whose generosity and vision made possible our first endowed chair, the Marie Anne Blondin Chair in Theology. I’m thankful for the St. Mark's Leadership Circle, including Peter Bull, Angus Reid, Andy Szocs and the Archdiocese of Vancouver who have shown such a remarkable commitment to the Colleges, and made possible the creation of the St. Mark's Centre for Christian Engagement, which strives to respond to Pope Francis' call for a new spirit of encounter and engagement with the world. It’s also been a pleasure working with the Vancouver School of Theology to continue to advance the important roles that the affiliated theological colleges have to play at UBC."

The Board will conduct a search for the next leader of Corpus Christi College-St. Mark's College at UBC. During this time of transition, we count on your continued support so that the young people we serve can count on us. Please join us in thanking Peter for his dedication and in wishing him continued success in his new career.

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Status: Friday, January 17, 2020 - 6:13 a.m. -The College is open. 

The college is open and classes are proceeding as normal. 

When the Colleges remain open during inclement weather, Operations will ensure that the building is opened on time and classrooms are accessible for classes and exams to take place.

Students, faculty and staff are also reminded that individual circumstances vary widely and, when the Colleges remain open, those who judge that it may be unsafe to come to campus should contact the appropriate offices.

  • Faculty who are not able to reach the campus should inform the Dean’s Office immediately.
  • Students who do not arrive for the classes due to weather are to send an email to their instructor.

When the  Colleges are open, classes and exams will take place and exams are expected to begin on time.

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 closing continues from that hour until 6:30 a.m. the next day.

In severe weather, all members of the College community are to consult the websites of Corpus Christi College and St. Mark’s College.

TRANSIT

Information on transit service is here: http://www.translink.ca/en/Schedules-and-Maps/Alerts.aspx

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 recognize this shutdown will cause disruption for students, faculty and staff and we appreciate your concerns. Just like UBC, the colleges will operate as normal.
Exams are proceeding and staff and faculty are expected to attend work.

You are advised to plan ahead and make other transportation plans if necessary.

Further updates will be posted here and shared over social media in the coming days. Please bookmark this page and check it regularly for updates.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

 

  •     Exams will continue as scheduled.
  •     You are expected to attend school and work as scheduled.
  •     Plan ahead to ensure you have transportation.
  •     Recommended transportation options include: UBC’s carpooling service, carpooling apps or cycling to campus.
  •     In the event this strike escalates further or lasts longer than the planned three days, further announcements will be made.
  •     If for some reason you are not able to make it to your exam, contact your instructor with your name, the class that will be missed and the reason why. You can find your instructor’s email address on the course syllabus or by logging into MyLion.

 

November 27, 2019 Transit Update

The transit strike has been called off. A full scale bus and SeaBus shutdown has been averted as a tentative deal was reached early Wednesday between the union representing 5,000 bus and SeaBus workers and Coast Mountain Bus Company.

If there are any further updates, we will post them here.

November 21:

Coast Mountain Bus Company transit workers and SeaBus operators have escalated job action. The union announced it will initiate a complete bus and SeaBus system shutdown across Metro Vancouver on November 27, 28 and 29.

We recognize this shutdown will cause disruption for students, faculty and staff and we appreciate your concerns. Just like UBC and SFU, the colleges will operate as normal. Classes are proceeding and staff and faculty are expected to attend work.

You are advised to plan ahead, prepare for next week and make other transportation plans if necessary.

Further updates will be posted here and shared over social media in the coming days. Please bookmark this page and check it regularly for updates.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  •     Classes will continue as scheduled.
  •     You are expected to attend school and work as scheduled.
  •     Plan ahead for next week to ensure you have transportation.
  •     Recommended transportation options include: UBC’s carpooling service, carpooling apps or cycling to campus.
  •     In the event this strike escalates further or lasts longer than the planned three days, further announcements will be made.
  •     If for some reason you are not able to make it to class, contact your instructor with your name, the class that will be missed and the reason why. You can find your instructor’s email address on the course syllabus or by logging into MyLion.

HELPFUL LINKS

For parking on the UBC campus:

https://parking.ubc.ca/

For updates from Translink:

https://www.translink.ca/

Maps and carpooling sign-up sheets:

https://planning.ubc.ca/vancouver/transportation-planning/transportation-options/automobiles/car-vanpooling

Carpooling apps:

https://www.gobyride.com/Public/Home.aspx

https://www.poparide.com/ubc?c=ubc.default

FAQS – HELPING YOU PREPARE DURING TRANSIT STRIKE ACTION

 

What is the latest on the transit strike?

Strike activity is often not communicated in advance. However, where possible, updates regarding the level of possible action are posted to this page. We encourage students, faculty and staff to bookmark this website or follow our social media channels for updates.

Why don’t you cancel classes?

The colleges remain open, regardless of the level of strike action. Not only do we need to continue classes, but we also need to maintain key services for the many students, faculty and staff who work on our campus. Cancelling classes or exams is not a solution, as doing so could cause longer-term issues for students who may be forced to make up the classes or even repeat the academic year.

What if I can’t get to class because there is no bus service?

Students are encouraged to check their syllabus and contact their instructor if they are concerned about potentially arriving late for classes or missing classes.

Will I be penalized for missing a class or exam?

Students are strongly advised to begin conversations with their instructors around the strike action and how it might impact them.

Are faculty and staff expected to come to campus in the event of disruption?

Yes. The colleges will operate as normal, regardless of the level of strike action. Classes will proceed and faculty and staff are expected to attend work, as normally scheduled.

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 and have a set a strike deadline for 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.

It is also possible that the matter may be resolved before any strike action takes place.

If a resolution is not found and a strike proceeds: All classes and normal business operations will continue as scheduled.

Updates will be provided if a strike proceeds.

The President's Office is looking for original Christmas artwork to feature.

This contest is open to all students, faculty, alumni, and staff at Corpus Christi College and St. Mark’s College.

We look forward to your submissions and highlighting the phenomenal creativity of our community.

ART EVENT

Join other students to create your art. An on-campus event will be hosted with art supplies and snacks provided.
When: Wednesday, September 25, 12:00-1:00
Where: Plato's Cave

SUBMISSION DETAILS

Forms of two dimensional art are welcome. Drawing, print, pastel, painting, digital design and photography. Artwork can be submitted as a digital file, high resolution scan or physical piece.

Submit your artwork to [email protected] or the President/Principal mailbox via the Main Office

Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2019
Prize: $30.00 gift card

QUESTIONS?

Please contact Yujin Han
e: [email protected] t: 604 822 5358

Dear Students,

Welcome to the Community of St. Mark’s at the University of British Columbia.  As a community, we embrace people of all backgrounds and faiths, and we understand the importance of the “student experience” in terms of our commitment to your development as whole persons in mind, body and spirit.

Through our dedication to small classes, accessible faculty, the importance of critical thinking, intellectual rigour and experiential learning, our educational approach is confident in Christian Truth and open to students of all backgrounds and traditions.

Whether you will be with us for your first two years of study or more, your decision to attend Corpus Christi-St. Mark's is an important one. You have now joined a community that will care about you and support you as you pursue your life and career goals.  This will truly be a life-changing experience!

Have a great semester!

Sincerely,
Dr. Peter Meehan
President, Corpus Christi College
Principal, St. Mark's College

It began as an idea - a way to mobilize youth and drive change in her community.

Raisa Jose, a first year student and Circle of Fellows Scholarship recipient, founded The Giving Truck to support people in need around the lower mainland. As a scholarship recipient, Raisa received training in the Leadership Class and seed funding to launch this ambitious project.

Interested in a career in social work, Raisa aspired to “build genuine human connection with vulnerable and marginalized individuals in society”. The Giving Truck is a vehicle that hands out material donations such as food, clothing, inspirational cards, and toys. It also serves as the home base to offer free services such as haircuts, sports activities, pet therapy, crafts, and childcare.

After a busy year hosting inaugural events for The Giving Truck, Raisa already has projects planned for next year. Future events include celebrating Mother’s Day with women at Union Gospel Mission, offering free haircuts at the Men’s Hostel in Vancouver, providing leadership training for high school students, and trick-or-treating with the children at the Pacific Autism Family Network.

When asked about her decision to attend Corpus Christi, Raisa shared “Corpus Christi was the best decision I made. The friendships come naturally in this faith-based community. It feels like I am part of a family”.

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 with their own hopes, each with their own story. The road here has been long and arduous full of many ups and downs. Dear graduates, take a deep breath: you are here, you are alive, you are loved.

When reflecting upon the collective experience of our diverse class, I found myself drawn to
an old African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The image expresses a fundamental reality of the human person: that none of us grow in isolation. And what a fitting image of our time here at the Colleges.

Today is a celebration of academic achievement, yes! But even more so, I believe today is an opportunity for us to recognize that our success is due in large to the love and care of those who have accompanied us on our journey. Today, I cannot help but acknowledge that I am a product of community. And that in community, I have learned what it means to be human.

Perhaps this is where our diverse class finds its common ground. My dear graduates:

  • How many times have we found ourselves relying on each other to get through the semester?
  • How many times have we found ourselves graced with opportunities to go out into the field and build networks with real working professionals?
  • How many times have we found ourselves nourished by the generosity of those who leave us coffee and snacks in Plato’s Cave?
  • How many times have we found ourselves in the office of our professors being met with humility and patience as we helplessly rambled about the infinite number of directions our research paper could go?
  • How many times, in our brokenness, have we found ourselves held by the embrace of our peers?
  • How many times have we found ourselves running to the chapel for refuge and peace, no matter what faith tradition we may come from?
  • How many times have we found ourselves affirmed in our humanity when faculty and staff alike called us by name?

When we take a moment to reflect upon our time, I hope we can recognize the difference this community has made in our formation not only as students and future professionals, but as human beings. Dear graduates, look before you at those who have molded you intellectually. Now turn around and behold those who have rallied behind you.

Today, the entire St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi community acknowledges and celebrates your achievement. All our efforts have led to this moment; now it is time to be sent.

To my fellow Associate of Arts students, wherever we move to next, let us continue to be lifelong learners who “will take on the intellectual, professional, and social challenges of our times.”

To the Bachelor of Arts students, may you strive to be educators who care for every child. May your contemplative model of teaching transform your students and leave lasting legacies.

To the Graduate students, may your studies grounded in the Gospel of Jesus now move you to fervently and faithfully serve those you will minister. For it is when we live in right relationship with God and neighbour that all will know the truth, goodness and beauty of our faith.

We are St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi College.

Formed by community and affirmed in our humanity, let us go guided by the horizon of love to wherever we are called next.

Formed by community and affirmed in our humanity, let us carry solidarity into a world marred by crippling competition and rampant individualism.

Formed by community and affirmed in our humanity, let us leave the Colleges with a commitment to think rigorously, to act justly and to serve faithfully.

Congratulations, graduates of 2019.
Thank you all for your love and support.
And with that may God be glorified.

-John Sangalang, Convocation Student Speaker

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 involved in the St. Mark’s College community for over 45 years, including serving as principal starting in the fall of 1974. He continued in this role until 1980 and had two return engagements from 1984 to 1990 and 2013- 14 (also served as President of Corpus Christi College from 2013 to 2014.)

For 15 years, Paul was responsible for teaching World Religions and the History of Christian Thought at UBC. In 1995, he won UBC’s University Teaching Prize for these two courses. He honoured the College’s charter by his teaching of courses in historical theology including courses in Theology and Spirituality of major figures such as Origen, Athanasius, Hilary of Poitiers, Augustine of Hippo, Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa. With the encouragement of colleagues in Religious Studies and in other departments, he started a new BA Majors program at UBC devoted to Religion, Literature and the Arts.

As the head of the Liberal Arts program at Corpus Christi College, Paul is responsible for developing and integrating the curriculum around a contemporary version of the liberal arts grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition.

With his 80th birthday on the horizon, Paul says it’s time to hand over these roles to younger people. He hopes to remain in touch as a mentor for a graduate students and to return to his writing.

On behalf of alumni, students, members of the Board, faculty and staff we extend a sincere thank you to all of Paul’s many contributions to both Colleges and UBC over the years. He has had a positive impact on many over the years. Students will remember him fondly as a great teacher.

Paul, an academic leader whose commitment to his students and to the lifelong pursuit of learning has made him an inspiration to all, was honoured for his 45 years of teaching excellence by being named Professor Emeritus at this year’s Convocation.

Vancouver, B.C. – May 16, 2019. Following a lengthy search, Corpus Christi College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Paul Allen as Academic Dean. Currently a professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Dr. Allen has accepted the College’s offer and will start at Corpus Christi College on August 15, 2019.

Born in Vancouver, Dr. Allen received his Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa (Saint-Paul) in 2001. From 2002 until the present, he was a professor at Concordia University, reaching the rank of Full Professor in 2016. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has served as an undergraduate program advisor. His scholarly research centers on the science-theology dialogue, theological anthropology, and systematic theology.

He has written Ernan McMullin and Critical Realism in the Science-Theology Dialogue (Routledge), Theological Method: A Guide for the Perplexed (T&T Clark) and co-written Catholicism and Science (Greenwood). In addition, he has written numerous book chapters and journal articles.

He is currently working on a three-part theological anthropology, the first of which is titled Creaturehood: Sin and Evolution in Theological Anthropology. The second volume will address Christian interpretations of governance and natural theology. He is subject editor for the Prolegomena section of the forthcoming T&T Clark Encyclopedia of Christian Theology and editor of a forthcoming volume, Saint Augustine and Contemporary Social Issues.

“I am very pleased to be welcoming Dr. Paul Allen to Corpus Christi College as its new Academic Dean. Paul brings a wealth of scholarly and teaching experience to his new role, as well as a strong commitment to the Catholic intellectual tradition. I know that he will be a strong addition to our community as Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s continues to expand its mission to serve the need for Catholic higher education at UBC and in the Archdiocese of Vancouver.” said Dr. Peter Meehan, President and Principal of Corpus Christi College.

"I am looking forward to working with President Meehan and all the faculty and staff at the college. I am excited to serve an excellent Catholic Liberal Arts institution in order to help it grow smartly, to develop programmes and curricula that provide our students with an advantageous edge. I am keen to bring my energy and skills in order to support excellent academic work at the college. I want to contribute to the college's reputation as a welcoming, faithful community of character." remarked Dr. Paul Allen.

ABOUT CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE AT UBC

Corpus Christi College is a member of the Community of St. Mark’s at UBC, which is comprised of St. Mark’s College, Corpus Christi College, and St. Mark’s Parish. Founded in 1990, Corpus Christi College is a Catholic post-secondary institution located in Vancouver, B.C., on the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus.  Corpus Christi College provides students with excellent academic programming, a nurturing community, leadership skills, and service-learning opportunities. Together with St. Mark’s College, Corpus Christi College desires to become the centre of excellence for undergraduate and graduate Catholic education in British Columbia.

Corpus Christi College welcomes students from all faith backgrounds. The inclusive community of learning shares a rich 2000-year-old intellectual tradition with Catholic institutions around the globe.

As a Catholic college, Corpus Christi strives to be an incomparable center of creativity and dissemination of knowledge for the good of humanity, dedicated to research, teaching, and the education of students who freely associate with their teachers in a common thirst for knowledge. Along with every other university and college, Corpus shares the endeavour of searching for, discovering, and communicating truth in every field of knowledge.

CONTACT:

Kerilee Falloon, Communications, St. Mark’s College at UBC
[email protected]

Corpus Christi is pleased to announce the first recipients of our inaugural Circle of Fellows Scholarship program.

Chosen from a competitive field of high school applicants, the new “Junior Fellows” are dedicated, empathetic leaders who have the vision and desire to change the world for the better.

Scholarship winners underwent a comprehensive evaluation process including nominations, written applications and panel interviews. Faculty, staff and alumni assessed applicants based on their academic achievements, character strengths, leadership experience, and service contributions.

An innovative scholarship program for passionate and determined students, the Circle of Fellows Scholarship is a 2-year scholarship inclusive of tuition and co-curricular support. Recipients benefit from personalized mentorship; guaranteed opportunities for service, leadership, and internships; and participation in a dynamic network of scholars and respected industry leaders. Find out more about the Circle of Fellows.

GABRIELLA ALVAREZ ARAYA

Gabriella is currently a student athlete and is involved with volleyball, basketball, and track and field teams. Dedicated to service, Gabrielle volunteers every weekend with Bumpin Bakery, providing food and fellowship on the Downtown Eastside. She is also active as a Counsellor for St. Augustine’s Outdoor Education Camp and an Office Assistant for Evergreen Nursing. She has performed in theatre productions, and has been a Learning Buddies Tutor and Encounter Leader. She aspires to study Psychology and become a Counsellor.

“Gabriella has been a dedicated, helpful and cheerful volunteer who consistently comes to help bake and has joined us on the DTES for service every Sunday for almost a year.”

RAISA JOSE

Raisa is a three-time “Student of the Year” winner, Honours Society member, and Peer Mediator. Dedicated to social activism, Raisa participates in the Social Justice Club, Youth in Action, and Community Care and Reverence for Life events.

An accomplished performer, Raisa lends her talents to “Right Here, Write Now,” a fundraising musical that has successfully generated over $200, 000 for local and international charities.

“Raisa comes from a family that creates and puts on fundraising musicals to help less fortunate people in third-world countries. They even took the show on the road to California ... This shows that she has a vision for change-making and social awareness.”

LAUREN RADOSEVIC

Lauren is a long-time camp counsellor for Camp Qwanoes Step Out Leadership Program and CIT. She has also served as a youth ministry leader at Christ the Redeemer Parish, and was an active member of the Model UN team and Graduation Committee. She participated in both mathematics and computing contests, including the Cayley Contest and Galois Contest. She works as a lifeguard, and aspires to become a pediatric nurse.

“As a Youth Ministry leader, Lauren is committed to being a positive and passionate role model for the youth she serves.”

GRACE VANEE

Grace has volunteered extensively as a track coach for track club youth and the Run Jump Throw program, as well as a school concert organizer and tutor, and as part of the Decisive Leaders program. She plans to embark on a career in international relations, hoping to bring a Christian perspective to government.

“Grace remained an astute critical thinker and writer, driven by strong interests for justice and equity. She has strong gifts for being able to present advanced thoughts, both orally and in written form.”

To Our Donors: Thank You for Inspiring Students to Reach Their Goals!

 

DONOR SUPPORT FOR CIRCLE OF FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GAINS MOMENTUM

Circle of Fellows Scholarships are sponsored by donors who are change-makers with a keen interest in the potential of students as future entrepreneurs, teachers, lawyers, policy makers, environmental advocates, healthcare professionals, and many more impactful professions.

We wish to thank the many donors who sponsored our first four scholars, and share the great news that ten more donors have stepped up to sponsor more Circle of Fellowship Scholarships for 2019-2020!

As one of six Killam institutions, UBC offers awards from the Killam Endowment Fund to faculty and teaching assistants who show excellence in teaching.

Congratulations to Bronwyn Malloy, instructor at Corpus Christi College, for winning a Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

In addition to being a doctoral candidate in the Department of English Language & Literatures at UBC, Bronwyn teaches English at Corpus Christi College.

Corpus Christi College student feedback reflects positively on teaching abilities that are recognized by the UBC award. "I really enjoyed my time in [her] class! Bronwyn made the course incredibly interesting and enjoyable." and "Ms. Malloy was fun and very energetic. Really enjoyed the selected poetry and songs."

Also speaking highly of her teaching skills, Dr. Paul Burns, Dean of Arts at Corpus Christi College, says "Bronwyn Malloy clearly cares for her students and takes considerable time and effort to address each of their concerns".

Every year UBC awards only 16 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards to candidates who have demonstrated skills, abilities, and contributions that result in a high level of respect from undergraduate students and academic or course supervisors.

CONGRATULATIONS BRONWYN!

Passionate about social justice, Megan Delfin is one of many Corpus Chisti College students who volunteer their time with Curbside Outreach, a monthly food and fellowship program coordinated by Corpus Christi College at The Door Is Open.

“Going to The Door Is Open is my favourite thing to do on a Friday evening,” says Megan.

A critical drop-in centre on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, The Door Is Open serves local residents, including some who struggle with difficulties such as drug and alcohol addiction, physical and mental health issues, and the compounding consequences of poverty. Operated by the Archdiocese of Vancouver with the Missionaries of Charity, the facility is a base for Corpus Christi College students to host the Curbside Outreach program and has even become a satellite classroom for select social justice courses offered by the College.

Through engaging with residents of the Downtown Eastside, students are able to begin conversations and develop friendships with those who lead difficult lives. Meaningful encounters are promoted through food and fellowship with students preparing dinner and the ever-popular hot chocolate with whipped cream for 100 to 200 guests.

“I have learned many things, most importantly that everyone has a story to tell. Through Curbside, I was able to thoroughly embrace this,” reflects Katherine Figueiredo, a Corpus Christi College alumna who currently attends UBC and continues to participate in Curbside.

After connecting with a Door Is Open guest named Glenn, Megan was inspired by his ability to stay positive after experiencing fear and loneliness.

“Glenn told me how he was able to stand strong and move forward, and his story inspired me to push through my own struggles too. One thing I’ll remember from that conversation was him telling me to ‘keep smiling, because it’s the one thing that’s always free’”.

This upcoming school year, Megan will be overseeing Curbside Outreach as the student Faith and Outreach Officer of the Catholic Colleges’ Student Union. She looks forward to launching themed cuisines for each month and a special Curbside Christmas event.

INTERESTED IN JOINING CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE FOR CURBSIDE OUTREACH?

Students of all faiths are welcome. Contact Megan Delfin, Faith and Outreach Officer or Alexandria Fung, Director of Campus Life and Ministry.

Check out some new courses being offered this fall -

Courses in Digital Media and Communications
Are you interested in a career in marketing, communications, or media?

  • COMM 205 Introduction to Communications for Non-Profits
  • COMM 210 Digital Media Design, Development and Usability

Find out more here.

GEOL 114   Earth's Natural Disasters
This will be taught by Dileep Athaide M.Sc. This course transfers to UBC as EOSC 114, which will fulfill a Science requirement when transferring to other programs.

RELG 201   Themes in Scripture
An invitation from Professor Shawn Flynn Ph.D.: "How is meaning made of sacred texts? Is there a tension between history, the claims of ancient literature, and how people of faith approach these questions. Through archaeology, history, and themes across the Old and New Testaments, explore the questions that give rise to the acceptance or rejection of these sacred texts. Engage the critical perspective to sacred literature and allow that to open new and exciting questions."

Want to get ahead this summer?

Pick up some elective credits, or accelerate your undergraduate studies by taking summer courses at Corpus Christi College. With a variety of start dates, course lengths, and delivery options, you're sure to find a study option that's flexible and works with your travel plans.

CURRENT STUDENTS

Please log-in to MyLION to see the full course listing.
Speak to your Advisor if you have questions or need any assistance.

NEW STUDENTS

Apply online through MyLION.
Contact our Recruitment team if you have any questions.

SUBJECT AREAS OFFERED INCLUDE

Business, English, Math, Philosophy, Social Justice, Astronomy, and Film.

Flexible Study Options

WE OFFER COURSES YEAR-ROUND

- Our summer courses can start in either May, July, or August
- Take courses of different lengths (2-, 3-, 6-, 13-weeks)
- Enjoy different modes of delivery (On-campus, Online, Experiential)

ADMISSIONS DEADLINES

REGISTER TODAY TO HOLD YOUR SEAT!

APPLY NOW

For applicants to UBC:
- Please note that your admission GPA is calculated based on the most recent 30 credits completed by April 2016. Completed summer courses will not impact your admissions GPA.
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Corpus Christi College Student-led Workshops

On February 24, 2016, join the Corpus Christi College community as we welcome guests of all ages to our annual student-led symposium on social justice. This year's Voices of Hope features student speakers discussing a vast range of issues on dignity and justice, spanning from the local to the global.

Meet these exceptional leaders, hear what they have to say, and join the discussion. Who knows – you may even be inspired to leave and start your own research or project on an important topic that matters to you! For more information on Voices of Hope, click here.

Check out our roster of 2016 presenters:

 

EDUCATION: OPENING WORLDS OF POSSIBILITY

By Katherine Figueiredo
What does New York City’s Bronx and Canada’s Northwest Territories have in common? Katherine, though young in age, is known at Corpus Christi College for her hope-filled view and mature regard of communities that often are perceived to be surviving the most hopeless circumstances. She has seen and learned first-hand of the great benefits of the creative use of formal education, after school programming, and community activities, that support young persons in humanity’s common quest to discover purpose, meaning, and success in life.

FACES OF THE DOWNTOWN EAST SIDE

By Jessica Mayne and Megan Joseph
As active volunteers of CCC’s “Culture of Encounter” program, facilitated monthly in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, Jessica and Megan will give a voice to the otherwise, often, voiceless. This gallery of photos and stories told from the lives of persons living in the Downtown Eastside, is sure to challenge the common disregard of our neighbours.

"DIGNITY IN INFIRMITY"? "UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED"?

By Lise Johnston
The dangers we face as a culture from euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, especially in regards to the vulnerable people in our society – the elderly and mentally or physically impaired – are great causes for concern. What is worse? We live in a society, in a world even, that is divided about this cause. “The idea that humans are just another animal in the forest makes personhood and human dignity dependent on what we can do, making us human doings rather than human beings” (Dr. Margaret Somerville). One year since the Supreme Court of Canada’s legalization of euthanasia and in consideration of the many lives taken since then, the time has come to discuss the truth of this claim.

BRIDGES

By Jasmin Bermejo
Time and again the testimony is told by persons who have participated in outreach activities to support outcast groups that they instead have received great support from those they have gone to serve. More recently, this is the experience of young persons engaged in service to the elderly; accept that research confirms that both groups benefit from these exchanges. Bridges is a visual arts presentation of the experiences and takeaways of being involved in “bridge building” and social justice activities with outcast and elderly persons.

IS IT ME?

By Winnie Sandhu
Winnie is an international student in her second year of studies in Corpus Christi College’s Associate of Arts program; this is also her second year presenting at the annual Voices of Hope Student Symposium. Winnie’s presentation is a personal testimony, a poem, about choosing to overcome pain when life is painful: choosing to love with a broken heart, and choosing forgiveness when bullied. It is in these most painful experiences that beauty is realized most abundantly also.

THEOGONY

By David Lewis
Different in form but similar in content, this spoken word presentation – told from a mythical lens, and using poetry, etiology, and storytelling – will critically examine the great challenge of defining- and developing oneself that is a personal process only achievable alongside others. This is a dialogue about the necessity of empathy in all human encounters.

MIRROR, MIRROR

By Isabella Bonato
All persons are familiar with mirrors: reflective surfaces typically made of glass and metal, which reflect a clear image of what stands in front of them. But for many persons, particularly and increasingly for young women who are growing up in an era that reflects so many – often unrealistic – forms about what they can and should expect ahead, the message is not always clear. This interactive presentation engages participants in dialogue about positive self-image, both physically and mentally.

WORTHY

By: Mikey Jose
In this sung presentation, Corpus Christi College student Mikey will share his musical talent through performing a song that he wrote about how all persons are called to be faces of hope and justice. Similar to Isabella Bonato’s artistic presentation Mirror, Mirror, Mikey will speak from a male perspective of his experience of the struggles that men endure of developing their own self-image, and promoting their own human dignity, in a world that often communicates negative messages about personal worth.

RADICAL BUSINESS

By Matthew Ebert and Emanuel Narciso
Rarely is the hard work of individuals and groups laboring at the ‘bottom of the pyramid’ recognized by those fewer individuals and groups at the ‘top of the pyramid.’ The economic divisions of work and wealth distribution, common to human experiences, are a large injustice of the modern world that receives little attention. In this presentation, Matthew and Emanuel, Corpus Christi College Associate of Arts (Business Stream) students, will facilitate discussion about those factors that sustain uneven economic positions.

INDIA: POLITICS OVER RELIGION?

By Gursewak Bains
“The victor writes the history books;” this reality is known all too well by minority groups, particularly when those groups find themselves in developing countries. In the circumstance of developing countries, even less is known about the difficulties experienced by minority groups; still, less is understood about the religious beliefs, practices, and lifestyles, which belong to them. This ‘look into India’s political-religious divide’ is a compilation of academic research and the personal experience of the tension between these entities.

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Meet our Keynote Speaker

KRISTI BLAKEWAY

Kristi Blakeway is Principal of Harry Hooge Elementary School in Maple Ridge, BC; and Founder of Project HELLO (Helping Everyone Locate Loved Ones). What began as a one-day field trip of high school students approaching the homeless and offering them hand-made greeting cards to send to their loved ones that they have lost touch with, only five years ago – has evolved into a multi-school, year-round, student-run initiative.

To date, Project HELLO has helped over 550 people send messages of love through greeting cards, phone calls and face-to-face reunions.

In 2015, Kristi Blakeway shared her story and message of “Changing the Perception of Homelessness” at TEDx West Vancouver; and continues to be of great inspiration and empowerment to her many students and followers on Twitter and beyondhello.org Blog.

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Kristi will be joining us as the keynote speaker at Corpus Christi College's social justice symposium, Voices of Hope. VoH is presented by students, for students, with projects, discussions, artwork focused on deepening understanding of social justice issues in our world.

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Modern Catholic Social Teaching

EXPLORING FOUR MAIN THEMES IN THE PAPAL ENCYCLICALS

This brand-new course was approved in less than 14 days by the BC Transfer system, with schools like UBC, SFU, UNBC, UVic and others recognizing it as both a Social Justice and Peace course and a Religious Studies course. And there's no wonder why: with such a comprehensive and relevant syllabus, SJPS 200 is sure to become a popular course for undergraduate students.

This course will deal with the historical contexts, competing analytical approaches, and foundational Catholic documents on the impacts of industrialization, colonialism, twentieth century warfare and environmental degradation on the poor and the marginalized people of the world.

We begin with Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum novarum on the rights of the worker then follow with the teaching on the Just War theory and the objective of peace in encyclicals by Pope John XIII. We follow that with some examples from Pope VI and Pope John Paul II on globalization and poverty and conclude with Pope Francis on environment.

WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE THIS COURSE?

  • Learn how to integrate the many fields of inquiry: from history, economics, politics, physical and life sciences and theological reflection.
  • Gain understanding of key concepts: Human dignity, rights of the worker, living wage, human development, limits of just war, climate change.
  • Grasp the limitations of: Marxist analysis, class conflict, and exploitation of resources and people.
  • Develop the ability to express these issues in written and in oral presentations.

For more information on this course, talk to your academic advisor today!

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Engaged Observers: Seeing as Social Justice

 

THE PHOTOJOURNALISM OF SEBASTIÃO SALGADO

Sebastião Salgado, one of the most famous social documentary photographers in the world, captures the hardships of oppressed, dislocated, and marginalized peoples in various parts of the world in stark and stunning black-and-white photography.

In this seminar, we will be viewing some of his photography and excerpts from his documentary, SALT OF THE EARTH, in order to consider whether photography has power to raise awareness about social injustices and human crisis or whether it simply functions to gaze on the injustices and suffering got others from a position of distance and power.

Seminar Date: January 19, 2016 | 12:15-1:15 pm in Room 101.

The LION Seminar Series follows a theme throughout the year, with opportunities for students, faculty and staff to engage in discussion on social justice issues in the media, history, and world culture. Seminars take place at Corpus Christi College, and are open to students and members of the community of Saint Mark's.

For more information on this seminar or the LION Seminar Series, contact Dr. Bettina Stumm at [email protected].

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On September 19, the INSPIRE Leadership Class took on a challenging 4 hour ropes course in the pouring rain outside Thunderbird Stadium.  A series of physically and mentally demanding activities on ground level, low ropes, and high ropes challenged the new teammates to come up with creative solutions in order to move forward. Academic Advisor Ashley Wan was floored by their energy and commitment.

“It was pouring rain and freezing cold, but the entire time they were focused and positive.”

“They showed incredibly drive and determination. They’re innovative, and not afraid of taking risks while considering all the possible outcomes. No matter how crazy a suggestion was, they valued each person’s individual contribution.”

Leadership student Theresa Lee was humbled by the quality of her teammates’ ideas and input.

“A lot of leaders don’t realize how important humility is. The course showed us that you have to initiate action, but be humble enough to step back and let others take control. In high school, leaders always have the spotlight, but that’s not the case; you have to acknowledge that others can also be leaders.”

She mentioned one activity, in which students crossed a 30-foot high rope catwalk, strapped into a rope harness that was managed by the rest of the team on the ground.

“You’re vulnerable, and all these people are holding on to your rope. That sense of trust and faith…wow. It inspires you to support others.”

The INSPIRE Leadership Class is a certificate program offered concurrently with our academic schedule. For more information on INSPIRE, click here.
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A Course Celebrating Language and Culture (and Burritos!)

Instructor Laura Levera teaches Corpus Christi’s very popular Spanish classes. Her approach is to guide students through the fascinating world of learning a new language in a friendly environment. Students work as a team, helping each other and contributing to the class with each of their unique talents.

“We include cultural celebrations such as The Day of the Dead, Our Lady of Guadalupe, The Three Kings, Easter, replicating traditions and food prepared for the special celebrations in Mexico and other countries,” explains Laura.

Often such celebrations involve making delicious recipes - burritos, flautas, quesadillas, guacamole, pico de gallo, and more.

“I aim to create an environment where learning Spanish goes beyond the academic level, and also includes the rich cultural aspects of the language in a fun, engaging way,” says Levera.

¡Qué divertido!

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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 from Dr. Mark G. McGowan, who delivered a thought-provoking and inspirational talk about why Pope Francis has become such a strong advocate for Catholic education, and how we can all answer his call. Attendees enjoyed a delicious breakfast, as well as a stirring performance by the Corpus Christi Chamber Choir.

Watch Dr. McGowan's talk below and share in the experience.

“Authentic Faith—which is never comfortable—always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth better than when we found it.” – Pope Francis, from Dr. McGowan's speech

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Students shine a light on social justice issues

Child Slavery in the Cocoa Industry, Equal Access to Education, and Inspirational Difference-Makers Among Topics Tackled at Student-Led Conference. Everyone can make a difference in the world, no matter how small. That was the message from this year’s Voices of Hope, Corpus Christi’s student-led Social Justice and Leadership Symposium.

Topics ranged from how we can all play a part in stopping child slavery by eating ‘fair trade’ chocolate to why we all have a stake in equal access to education for females. Students also profiled individuals who have inspired them to make a difference in the world – by giving them the tools to advocate for issues they care deeply about. A highlight of the academic year, the student-organized event is guided by the central pillars of Catholic social teaching and gives students an opportunity to explore social, political, cultural, religious, and environmental challenges from all angles.

The theme of this past year’s symposium was “finding meaning”, based on Eboo Patel’s book, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation. Patel was heavily influenced by Dorothy Day’s Catholic Worker movement in inner city Chicago, and underwent a conversion experience that lead him on a spiritual journey to combine social justice and interfaith dialogue. Voices of Hope is open to all Corpus Christi and Saint Mark’s students, their families, Saint Mark’s College and Parish Community members, alumni, UBC students, invited grade 11 or 12 high school students, and other invited guests.

This past June, a group of Corpus Christi College students and faculty traveled to the Northwest Territories on a second, annual mission of friendship and encounter with local First Nations groups. This unique service learning trip is an optional field-study component of a Corpus Christi credit course called “Social Justice and Peace Studies: Aboriginal Faith and Culture”.

"What stayed with us were memories of the lives we touched and the unique people we encountered."

Lasting two intense weeks, the trip featured long road trips since many of the villages are scattered hours away from each other. Along with visiting and encountering several First Nations communities, students undertook service projects such as painting the outside of a local church and helping out at the “Side Door Ministry”, a youth centre in downtown Yellowknife. “We had to quickly adjust to the climate and protect ourselves from swarms of mosquitoes and horse flies, but, apart from a few bug-bites, what stayed with us were memories of the lives we touched and the unique people we encountered,” said Brenna Maduro, one of the participating students. “Although we discovered more about ourselves, we also came back with a better understanding about aboriginal faith and culture and what’s at the heart of service – that it’s not just about serving people, but serving with people,” said Brenna.

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