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5935 Iona Drive Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1J7 604-822-4463


Distinguished Theologian Joins Faculty

Honorary Doctorate Awarded to Long-Time First Nations Leader

Vatican II Symposium Highlights

From the Office of the Principal In this issue of On the Mark, we enthusiastically share Saint Mark’s news and events, and highlight the year’s key achievements. GREETINGS STUDENTS, ALUMNI, FACULTY AND SUPPORTERS Our students come to us seeking to engage with the issues of our day through rigorous academic study with world-class scholars. This past year, we continued on our path of expansion. Here are a few of the major highlights: Enrollment Increasing We continue to experience increasing enrolment in our six new graduate degree programs, launched in July 2012. Our hybrid course delivery model, with both on-line and on-site units, continues to serve our students well, as most face busy professional lives. We look forwarding to graduating our first-ever cohort of students in the Education Leadership program – accredited by the Teacher Qualification Service – and our first cohort of Deacon candidates (see our update on page 10). New Faculty Announced I am pleased to announce the expansion of our faculty with the following appointments: Dr. Lynda Robitaille as our first academic Dean, and Dr. Michael Downey as Professor of Theology (see his profile on page 3).

Strengthening Community Support On the financial front, we have expanded student scholarship support through the Catholic Scholars program for students sponsored by their parishes, schools, or Catholic institutions. I am also pleased to announce increasing sound fiscal management with a third consecutive year of a balanced budget. However, for both Saint Mark’s and Corpus Christi to continue thriving, we need strong donor support. The Colleges receive no government funding, which means we rely on revenue from tuition and donations. I wish to extend my personal thanks to our donors, who we recognize in our Donor section on page 12. We still have much work to do, but thanks to the enthusiastic support of many friends of the Colleges, we are making progress in our quest to provide high quality Catholic higher education in the Province of BC.

Saint Mark’s College Saint Mark’s, as an affiliated theological college of UBC, offers a variety of graduate academic programs for the formation of Catholic lay professionals, continuing education opportunities for adults, and intellectual formation for

Rev. Dr. Mark Hagemoen, Principal of Saint Mark’s College

lay, clergy, and deacons. Through its Campus Ministry, the College provides a dynamic pastoral presence and faith development opportunities for students, faculty and staff, who work and study on the university campus. SAINT MARK’S COLLEGE 5935 Iona Drive Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6T 1J7 604-822-4463 ON THE COVER: Stained glass image of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, Saint Mark’s Parish Church.




“Too Young to Retire”: Distinguished Theologian Joins Saint Mark’s Faculty After a nearly forty-year career as a leading theologian – the last two decades of which were spent as Personal Theologian to Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, and Professor of Systematic Theology and Spirituality at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California – Dr. Michael Downey was contemplating retirement. “With Cardinal Mahony retiring at the mandatory retirement age of 75, the time seemed right for me to retire as well,” explains Downey, who is an author or editor of more than 20 books and has served as professor of theology and spirituality at universities and seminaries across the US. But a surprising offer from Bishop Gary Gordon of Whitehorse made him reconsider. “After attending a retreat I gave to the Catholic Bishops of Western Canada, Bishop Gordon told me I was too young to retire,” recalls Downey, laughing. “He thought I should move to the Great White North instead.”

Dr. Michael Downey’s abiding theological concern is for those at “the edges of society”.

Dividing time between the rainy coast and the sunny north The Bishop teamed up with his confrere Rev. Dr. Mark Hagemoen, Principal of Saint Mark’s College, to offer Downey a professorship at the College, along with the opportunity to become Diocesan Theologian in service of the Diocese of Whitehorse, in the Yukon Territory. “I was intrigued by this opportunity, and it made me rethink my plans,” said Downey. “I see Saint Mark’s as a place rich with possibilities.”

Serving the “church most in need” This abiding concern also compels Downey to serve “the church most in need” through lectures, conferences, and retreats in impoverished countries all over the world. Dr. Downey has a Master of Arts in special education as well as in theology, and was the first layperson to receive a Ph.D. in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America. Among many other awards and honours, he was bestowed with the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice by Pope John Paul II in 2005. But to Downey, who works extensively with enclosed contemplative communities, “awards are nice, but not essential”. “In the end, the constant, the search for God is what’s important for one who has a vocation to be a theologian. This requires quiet, reflection, and study, which is what I will continue to seek while at Saint Mark’s.”

Early formation in l’Arche A systematic theologian, Downey’s formation as an educator began in the late seventies and early eighties, when he joined the original l’Arche community in Trosly-Breuil, France. Founded in 1964 by Canadian Jean Vanier, l’Arche communities support people

with intellectual disabilities and can now be found in 40 countries on six continents. “It was while living at l’Arche that I learned how to ‘teach toward difference.’ Every single person in a classroom learns differently, feels differently, and responds differently. This is all so much harder to gauge when teaching online,” he notes. It was also where Downey further developed his “abiding theological concern” for those who are “wounded and marginalized”, a concern that continues to inform his teaching and writing. “Much of what we’re hearing from Pope Francis’ approach is in line with my own theological interests,” he says. “The Pope has drawn attention to those he says are at the ‘existential peripheries’ – the poor, the weak, the wounded, the last, and the lost – both in the church and in society.”


Dr. Michael Downey “What’s important is cultivating, nurturing, and sustaining an academic culture amidst the pressures of the ‘education industry’, which is often more interested in ‘program delivery’ than with the formation of the whole person. It is the education and formation of the whole person that interests me,” he adds.

“In my view, Saint Mark’s is currently going through a renaissance under Father Hagemoen’s leadership. I very much look forward to contributing to the cultivation of an even deeper and richer academic culture at the College.”



Experience Equips Scholar to Oversee New Diaconate Program “As a passionate scholar, Brett contributed to the intellectual life of the College, while developing skills for his future career. Well done, Brett!” Dr. Flynn, Assistant Professor of Religion and Theology at Saint Mark’s

Dr. Brett Salkeld When Dr. Brett Salkeld was named SaintMark’s first Fr. Hanrahan Scholar-in-Residence in 2012, he knew he would get the opportunity to teach theology classes and time to pursue his own research interests. But little did he know the yearlong experience would provide him with some valuable on-the-job training for his next post. Building a New Program “From Scratch” One of the young scholar’s chief tasks was to teach theology courses to lay students at Saint Mark’s. But it was the opportunity to teach theology classes to candidates in the diaconate program* that ended up giving Salkeld a strong foundation for his current role: developing a new diaconate program for men in the Regina area. As the Archdiocese of Regina’s first-ever Theologian and Ecumenical Officer, Brett will build the new program, slated to begin early in 2014. This will involve everything from launching a public awareness campaign and recruiting candidates to developing the curriculum and teaching classes. “It was quite serendipitous, really,” says the specialist in ecumenical dialogue. “Not only was I able to teach in the diaconate program at Saint Mark’s, but I was also able to watch first-hand as members of the Vancou-

ver diocese, along with College faculty and staff, worked hard to develop and implement their program. At the time, I didn’t know I was actually getting some on-the-job training.” “I have the opportunity to build a program from scratch, which is very exciting,” adds Salkeld, who during his time at Saint Mark’s also successfully defended his dissertation on Christ’s Eucharistic Presence in ecumenical dialogue, with a special focus on the issue of transubstantiation. “I gained some very useful experience working in the diaconate program in Vancouver, which will be a big help in my work here in Regina.” Saint-Mark’s Colleagues Have Become Mentors While Salkeld will be the program’s main instructor, he plans to invite guest lecturers from the Regina area and from Saint Mark’s to teach certain program components. “I was fortunate to work with great colleagues at Saint Mark’s, such as Drs. Flynn, Downey, and Burns, as well as Monsignor Greg Smith from Vancouver’s diocese, who have all become mentors,” he notes. It also doesn’t hurt that the job is located in his home province of Saskatchewan, where he now lives along with wife Flannery and their three young children: Toby, Oscar, and Daisy. The family will welcome a new baby in the New Year. “Having grandparents close by is a huge bonus,” laughs Salkeld.

FR. HANRAHAN, CSB Saint Mark’s College launched the Fr. Hanrahan Scholar-in-Residence program in 2012, to celebrate the life and service to the College of Thomas James Hanrahan, CSB. “Father Jim” served as principal of the College from 1991 to 2005 – the longest-serving principal to date. Developed to connect the needs of the College with the needs of early-career theology researchers, the program enables Saint Mark’s to host a junior or senior scholar who becomes involved in the intellectual life of Saint Mark’s for one year. The College provides a home institution where scholars develop and share their skills – by teaching at the College, working with faculty and students on specific projects, and offering lectures on their research.

*Ed. Note: Saint Mark’s has been entrusted by the Archdiocese of Vancouver to provide the academic component of the overall diaconate formation program. See page 10 for a program update.




ATS Accreditation Saint Mark’s is seeking accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). A voluntary process involving selfstudy and peer review, accreditation helps to ensure educational institutions function according to established quality standards. Many graduate-level theology schools and seminaries in Canada and the US are accredited by ATS, a peer enhancement and accountability organization for the 250 schools in its membership. ATS promotes “the improvement and enhancement of theological schools to the benefit of communities of faith and the broader public” by periodically reviewing its member schools, and by undertaking projects and initiatives to promote quality assurance and improvement. For students, having programs accredited by ATS opens the door for recognition by other theological institutions and can facilitate credit transfer. Saint Mark’s was granted Associate Membership by ATS in June 2010, marking the first step in a five-year process. Aiming to complete requirements to obtain Accredited Membership by 2015, the college is now preparing to undertake a self-readiness study – a comprehensive, analytical study that involves seeking input from key internal and external stakeholders. The study provides both an assessment of program quality and recommendations for improvement. For more info on ATS, visit For detailed information on the accreditation process, please see: documents/handbook-section-1.pdf.

Saint Mark’s Awards Honorary Degree to “Tireless” First Nations Leader

Steven Point was only 23 years old when he was first elected chief of the Skowkale First An “inspirational Catholic” and Nation. He soon realized that negotiating the first aboriginal lieutenant treaty rights with the government was the governor in BC, the Honourable most critical priority to ensure the future of his community. After completing his Steven Point has worked law degree at UBC – during which time he tirelessly to improve cultural lived in residence at Saint Mark’s College – relations between First Nations Point began practicing criminal and Native law for local Sto:lo bands in Chilliwack, and other peoples. later working with the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs. Along with serving as the Chief of the Skowkale First Nation, Point has held numerous key leadership positions, including Tribal Chair of the Stó:lō Nation and Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission. Appointed provincial court judge in 1999, Point was named the 28th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia in 2007, a post he held until 2012. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from University of the Fraser Valley and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award. Notes Rev. Dr. Mark Hagemoen, Principal, Saint Mark’s College: “The Honourable Steven Point’s spiritual and faith-based leadership exemplifies the identity, mission, and vision of Saint Mark’s College, which seeks to provide an education that inspires our students to use their learning for the service of others.”

Saint Mark’s College unveiled a new brand identity this past spring. Inspired by a 1957 Lionel Thomas bronze sculpture, the new logo exemplifies the qualities of strength, determination, and confidence, as well as nurturing – the characteristics of inspirational leadership. Logo elements include a winged lion, the traditional representation of Saint Mark the evangelist, and the sun, symbolizing the Light of Christ.




Inaugural Symposium Puts the Spotlight on Vatican II Last March, Saint Mark’s College launched its first-ever academic symposium. Organizers expect the high-profile event to be held bi-annually at the College. This past spring, Saint Mark’s hosted its first bi-annual academic conference for researchers and other specialists in the field of theology to present and discuss their work. With Vatican II and the Faith of the Church as its theme, the inaugural event was held March 1–2, 2013, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council, an assembly of all the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church held from 1962 to 1965, as well as mark the Year of Faith. With more than 150 attendees, the event garnered considerable interest.

“We are very excited with the results of our academic symposium – the first of its kind to be held at Saint Mark’s College,” noted Dr. Shawn Flynn, Assistant Professor of Religion and Theology and Director of Theology Programs at Saint Mark’s College, who co-organized the two-day conference along with John O’Brien, S.J., Instructor and Coordinator of Service Learning at Corpus Christi College. “The symposium’s chief aim was to provide an important channel for exchange of information between researchers, and I believe we succeeded in doing that,” added Dr. Flynn.

For a complete list of speakers and panelists, see the event’s online poster at

OTTAWA ARCHBISHOP CALLS FOR AUTHENTIC WORSHIP “The liturgy is not a pep-rally before we begin the ‘real work’ of social action”, argues Ottawa Archbishop Predergast. In his keynote address to Saint Mark’s inaugural academic symposium, Vatican II and the Faith of the Church, Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Predergast focused on two key documents of Vatican II: Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on Liturgy, and Gaudium et Spes, on the Church in the world. According to the Archbishop, he chose these two documents for their importance and because liturgy has become a contentious issue in the Church in Canada. He argued that it was important to return to the council texts themselves.


“The liturgy is not a pep-rally before we begin the ‘real work’ of social action. In and through the liturgy, we receive not only the clarion call to aid our sisters and brothers. We also receive the grace, the strength and the mission to ‘go forth glorifying the Lord’ by our very lives as Christian witnesses and disciples.” This is because, as Gaudium et Spes highlights, the Church is a “body”, and, as the Archbishop noted, “We cannot be a member of the Mystical Body of Christ and remain oblivious to the needs of our sisters and brothers who suffer. In Christ, we are one.”

He added: “An authentic encounter with Christ in the liturgy does not pull us away from the world and its suffering. Instead, it transforms our relationship with it and impels us to carry the Good News out into the world, to its suffering members, to every corner, in every circumstance.” The essence of the Archbishop’s talk was that the Christian life, as envisioned by the Council Fathers, was to be one of both prayer and action. “Worship that is merely artful performance or that insulates us from the suffering of our neighbour becomes inauthentic and sterile. This is tragic. But equally inauthentic is frantic social action that has no time to worship God together in the Mystical Body of Christ united in Christ our Head.”


New Research Reveals Canadian Contributions to Vatican II Dr. Michael Attridge conducted first-hand research of archival records to ascertain the influence of Canadian bishops on Vatican II. Canadian bishops made a key contribution to Vatican II, according to new research conducted by Dr. Michael Attridge, Associate Professor at the University of Toronto’s St. Michael’s College. Attridge presented findings during his opening keynote address at Saint Mark’s inaugural symposium. In a talk entitled “Canadian Bishops and Vatican II: New Investigations”, Attridge noted that previous archival research had mostly focused on Belgian, Dutch, German, and French influences on Vatican II. While some research had been conducted on the contributions of Francophone Canadians,


much less had been conducted on the contribution of the other Canadian bishops at the Council. Attridge has since helped to fill this gap with a comprehensive examination and analysis of the archival records of Gerald Emmet Carter, Bishop of London, Ontario, from 1964 to 1978. Attridge decided to focus on Bishop Carter because he attended all four sessions of the Council, was involved in implementing its recommendations during his long post-Council career (he was later appointed Archbishop of Toronto before retiring in 1990), and maintained extensive archival records documenting his work.

Dr. Michael Attridge “The Council had the effect of drawing the Canadian Bishops together,” noted Attridge during his symposium address. “It not only provided theological expression to the idea of collegiality, it also gave them the experience of collegiality. It not only taught them about their authority as local bishops, it also showed them how they could use that authority to effect reform.”

As part of Saint Mark’s mission and mandate, our faculty engage in rigourous academic research and scholarly activities. This ongoing research not only contributes to student learning, it also helps raise the profile of Saint Mark’s College in the broader community. Following is a sampling of our faculty’s recent peer-reviewed publications:

Saint Mark’s Scholar Publishes Dissertation in Leading Academic Series Brill, a leading publisher in the humanities and social sciences founded in 1683, has announced it will publish the doctoral dissertation of Dr. Shawn W. Flynn, faculty member at Saint Mark’s. The decision was made following a double-blind peer review process, during which two experts in the field reviewed the anonymous work. Purchased by every major research library in the world, this series has published dissertations from students at leading universities such as Yale, the University of Chicago, and Emory University.

“Hilary of Poitiers on the Gospel of Matthew and the Book of the Psalms.” In the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Berlin: De Gruyter Publishers, in process. (When complete, the encyclopedia will include 30 volumes.)

DR. PAUL BURNS A Model for the Christian Life: Hilary of Poitiers’ Commentary on the Psalms. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2012.

DR. BRETT SALKELD Can Catholics and Evangelicals Agree about Purgatory and the Last Judgment? Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2011.

DR. LYNDA A. ROBITAILLE “A Canonical Wish List for the Authorization of Lay Ecclesial Ministers.” In In the Name of the Church: Vocation and Authorization of Lay Ecclesial Ministry, edited by William J. Cahoy, 117-140. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2012.


DR. SHAWN W. FLYNN YHWH is King: The Development of Divine Kingship in Ancient Israel (Vetus Testamentum, Supplements, 159). Leiden: Brill, 2013. “The Teraphim in Light of Mesopotamian and Egyptian Evidence.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 74, no. 4 (2012): 694-711. Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture. Sheffield, England: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012. (Ten dictionary entries.) “Beatrice Laura Goff.” In Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters: A Historical and Biographical Guide, edited by Marion Ann Taylor. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic Press, 2012.



Archbishop’s Lecture on Papal Resignation Coincides with Papal Election Chief shepherd of Vancouver’s 475,000 Catholics since January 2009, Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, is also a specialist on the papacy. The Archbishop’s doctoral dissertation, completed at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University, focused on the papacy and modern papal teaching. Archbishop Miller has also authored various books on the papacy, including What Are They Saying about Papal Primacy? (Paulist Press, 1983) and The Divine Right of the Papacy in Recent Ecumenical Theology (Analecta Gregoriana, 1980).

SAINT MARK’S LIBRARY TO BUILD “MODERN PAPACY” COLLECTION Saint Mark’s Library Committee has announced that the Dr. John Micallef Memorial Library has dedicated $1000 to help build a collection on the modern papacy. The library serves students and faculty at Saint Mark’s and Corpus Christi Colleges, as well as BC’s Catholic community.

By sheer coincidence, a talk on the Pope’s resignation by Archbishop J. Michael Miller – Chancellor of Saint Mark’s and a specialist on the modern papacy – was scheduled on the same day the new Pope was elected. This fortuitous timing gave the Archbishop the opportunity to offer attendees early insight into Pope Francis. Pope’s Surprise Resignation Spurs Popular Public Lecture at Saint Mark’s When Pope Benedict XVI announced he was stepping down, the news sent shockwaves around the world. The first papal resignation in 598 years prompted Saint Mark’s College to invite Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, to give a special talk on this milestone event in the lives of modern-day Catholics. “Many people don’t know that the Archbishop is also a specialist on the modern papacy,” notes Dr. Shawn Flynn, Assistant Professor of Religion and Director of Theology Programs at Saint Mark’s, who organized the lecture and introduced the Archbishop. “We were delighted he agreed to offer the interested public some insight into such a pivotal event.” Over 150 Enjoy Special Guest Lecture The lecture drew a 150-plus crowd, eager to hear Archbishop Miller give an overview of current realities surrounding the modern papacy. Miller noted that papal authority is removed from the bishop emeritus of Rome upon his resignation. He also discussed the resignation’s implications and historical significance, noting that while such an event has occurred in history, this is the first time no outside pressure was involved.

Lecture Coincides with Election of New Pope Remarkably, the lecture coincided with the exact day of Pope Francis’ election to the chair of Peter. The Archbishop seized the opportunity to conduct research on the new Pope prior to his lecture, giving the audience special insight into Pope Francis. “The Archbishop’s talk went beyond media sound bites. He provided specific citations from the Cardinal Bergolia’s sermons to give the audience an understanding of Pope Francis’ thinking and mindset,” notes Dr. Flynn.

An expert on the papacy, Vancouver Archbishop Michael Miller delivered a public lecture at Saint Mark’s on the implications of Pope Benedict’s resignation, the legacy of the bishop emeritus of Rome, and the newly elected Pope Francis.

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Catholic Teachings on Tap: Engaging the “Pub Crowd” What better way to reach out to the twenty- to fortysomething crowd about church, religion, and culture than to deliver a lecture in a public house? So a Catholic walks into a bar… and speaks to the crowd about transubstantiation. All kidding aside, last year Dr. Brett Salkeld was invited to share his thoughts on the sometimes confusing topic of transubstantiation – the focus of his recent doctoral dissertation – at the St. Regis Bar and Grill in downtown Vancouver. Sipping a pint or two, attendees listened as Salkeld, then Saint Mark’s Scholar-in-Residence, discussed the relationship between reality and symbol and how early Christians understood that relationship. The talk proved popular, attracting an above-average crowd of more than 60. The following month, Dr. Shawn Flynn, Saint Mark’s Assistant Professor of Religion and Theology, gave another popular pub talk, this time on Catholic Biblical Interpretation.

Catholic After Hours, which endeavours to create a “place for conversations on church, religion, and culture” by inviting young adults to pub talks and other activities, organized both events. “We aim to foster Catholic culture through pub events in downtown Vancouver,” explains Annabelle Chong, one of the group’s organizers. “Catholic teaching, in its quest for objective truth, takes skill to communicate. We often invite scholars from Saint Mark’s to deliver talks because they have a talent for engaging an intelligent, youngish ‘pub crowd’ – not a very easy task.” “After the events, attendees usually crowd around the speakers with more questions, so the conversation continues,” adds Chong. Cheers to that!

2013 CHANCELLOR’S LECTURE SERIES 20th Century Catholic Theologians OCTOBER 29, 2013 Dr. Michael Downey Yves Congar and Karl Rahner NOVEMBER 6, 2013 Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB Karol Wojtyła and Joseph Ratzinger NOVEMBER 13, 2013 Dr. Christophe Potworowski Marie-Dominique Chenu and Edward Schillebeeckx NOVEMBER 28, 2013 Dr. Hans Boersma Jean Daniélou and Henri De Lubac

2013 CARR LECTURE Lecturer: Sister Nuala Kenny, pediatrician, bioethicist, and a leading expert on the Clergy Abuse scandal in Canada.

APRIL 3, 2014 - 'Gown' Lecture “Diagnosing the Abuse Crisis: Insights from Theology and the Social Sciences.” APRIL 5, 2014 - 'Town' Lecture “Social Justice and the Common Good: Current Issues in Health Care.”

Dr. Brett Salkeld answers questions after his Catholic After Hours talk on transubstantiation, delivered at the St. Regis Pub. Visit the Catholic After Hours Facebook page for event details. For more coverage of Dr. Salkeld’s talk, see:



UPCOMING COURSES WINTER 2014 • THEO 530: Christian Morality • RMTD 500: Research Method SPRING 2014 • EDLR 525: Educational Institution as an Organization • THEO 540: Liturgy and Sacraments • THEO 510: Christology & Trinity SUMMER 2014 • EDLR 510: Assessment and Supervision • SCRI 500: Introduction to the Old Testament • THEO 501: Foundations of Theology NEW! BA PROGRAM TO LAUNCH IN 2014 Transfer students from accredited institutions can now complete 3rd and 4th year undergraduate courses at Saint Mark’s, leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Culture (with dual concentrations in English and History). This new program targets prospective teachers – who can apply to UBC’s Bachelor of Education Program and eventually qualify to teach in both Catholic and public schools throughout BC – but it’s open to all qualifying and eligible transfer students.


Programs Offered at Saint Mark’s Our six programs areas offer theological degrees through an accessible delivery format: • Educational Leadership • Pastoral Studies • Theological Studies • Catholic Ministry Leadership • Religious Education • Pastoral Ministry (Permanent Diaconate)

Graduate Degrees Programs offer either a Master’s degree or a Master of Arts degree. The former requires fewer credits and completion of a capstone project – either a field-based learning project or a directed research project. The Master of Arts requires the completion of comprehensive exams and a thesis project reviewed by a supervisor and a second reader.

Students can choose to complete Diploma, a Master’s degree, or a Master of Arts degree.

Hybrid Delivery Model To accommodate working professionals and students living outside the Lower Mainland, we offer a flexible delivery format that combines online learning with on-site attendance during some weekends (typically two weekends per course).

Graduate Diplomas To earn a Diploma, students must complete at least seven or eight courses (check with our Enrollment office for current criteria). One distinct advantage is that most Diploma courses are offered at the graduate level, so these credits may be used towards a Master’s degree.


First Group Begins Formation for the Permanent Diaconate Saint Mark’s was honoured to be chosen by the Archdiocese of Vancouver to provide the academic component of its Permanent Diaconate formation program, officially restored in February 2011 by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB. Working closely with Archbishop Miller, Saint Mark’s accepted an exciting new responsibility last year: providing the academic formation of permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Saint Mark’s Principal, Rev. Dr. Mark Hagemoen, as well as Rev. Gary Franken and Rev. Martin Moser, collaborated with the archdiocese to formulate a Permanent Diaconate program that enriches both intellectual and spiritual formation. Msgr. Gregory Smith, a canon lawyer, is now serving as program director. After completing their Diploma, candidates have the option of applying to pursue a Master’s degree at Saint Mark’s.


The first group of candidates began their intellectual formation at Saint Mark’s last winter. As part of pursuing their Diploma in Pastoral Ministry, the group is studying topics such as scripture, canon law, theology, and philosophy. Like other students at Saint Mark’s, deacon aspirants study through a hybrid model (online and on-site). However, their on-site formation occurs off-campus as they knit close ties and experience the program along with their wives, who may also choose to pursue the Diploma program. The men will also be instituted as lectors this year, as they undergo spiritual and pastoral dimensions of their formation.



The Saint Mark’s Student Experience: In Their Own Words



Dr. Henk Luyten

Bayu Dharmasetia

Becoming a better staff member and leader

Opening doors to knowledge of the faith that were closed before

Amplifying a knowledge base in theology

Current job: Religion teacher for grades 8-12 at Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Whitehorse, YT.

Current job: Vice-Principal and Religion and Biology teacher, Holy Cross Regional High School, Surrey, BC.

“I have benefited greatly from the program and from my colleagues. I have been teaching for three years in the north and it has been very valuable to learn from the experiences of other teachers in Canada. I feel that I am a better staff member and leader, particularly after taking the leadership course this past spring. I am more and more interested in Catholic Administration as I move along in the program. My experience as a distance learning student at St Mark’s has been positive. The staff and faculty have been very kind and accommodating. The content is very relevant to my day-to-day experiences as a teacher and the workload is reasonable.”

“I am in the Permanent Diaconate Program because I continue to experience a call to serve God as a deacon, through the ministry of the Word and the altar and in serving his people both in and outside the Church. The academic program at Saint Mark’s and the many other aspects of my formation are helping to prepare me to carry out this ministry, if it is God’s will. I am now discerning with the help of my family, my spiritual advisors, and others which areas of service I may be best suited for. The courses have had a very significant and positive impact on my teaching. They have brought me closer to Christ, allowed me to grow in my faith life, and opened doors to the knowledge of my faith that were closed to me before. Returning to Saint Mark’s College is somewhat of a homecoming for me; I was an active member of the Newman Club at the College in the mid-70s, which is where I met my wife Mary.”


Maria Trainor


Current job: Christian Education and Social Studies teacher, Christian Education Dept. Hd., Notre Dame Regional Secondary School “I’ve been able to amplify my knowledge base in theology. I’m primarily a history guy with a decent secondary background in theology, so to get more information for my academic tool belt, so to speak, has been quite useful. The biggest highlight so far has been reconnecting with Dr. Paul Burns, who taught me History of Christian Thought while I was an undergrad at UBC. When I heard that he was teaching a course on Church History, it sealed my decision to enroll. I always felt this subject was my strength, but it was gratifying to learn as much as I did from that course. Another pleasant surprise was Dr. Lynda Robitaille’s course in Canon Law. On paper, there didn’t seem to be much to it, but the side discussions and her insight really made the class interesting.”


The Saint Mark’s Student Experience: In Their Own Words (Con’t) ALUMNI PROFILE

Kathy Clarke

Masters in Religious Education, Saint Mark’s, 2012 Faith education is for every age and stage of life. Current job: English and Religion teacher, Little Flower Academy, Vancouver, BC. “I chose to attend Saint Mark’s because I felt a growing desire to learn more widely and deeply about the faith. The College provided the opportunity for online as well as classroom courses, which really ignited the spark. It was an online course that gave me the confidence to keep going, mainly with summer courses at first, then year-round as the Master’s degree goal was within sight. One great joy for me was moving back into a student role. Receiving the passion and expertise and knowledge and wisdom from a variety of professors was so enriching. As a teacher, I feel more spiritually equipped; as a mother, I feel tremendous gratitude for the opportunity to model that faith education is for every age and stage of life; and as a fellow pilgrim, I have come to recognize a connectedness in all of our deepest yearnings: to love and be loved. Truly, Saint Mark’s has enriched my life in so many ways.”


Message from Our Development Office Liberal arts education is central to a Catholic philosophy of education. As Father Stephen Rowan noted at the Colleges’ 2012 fundraising breakfast, a liberal arts education is a visionary enterprise that seeks to nurture the leaders of today and tomorrow. Our students would not be able to benefit from the value of a Catholic liberal arts education without our donors support. We owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to all of our esteemed supporters. We also acknowledge the valued support of the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s over the past many years. We wish to recognize the following dedicated donors, who gave $1,000 or more to Corpus Christi and Saint Mark’s Colleges during the 2012/13 fiscal year: Hilda Abou-Rached John Auersperg Blenheim Trust The Boardwalk Pamela Brammall Vern and Linda Brownell Elizabeth Campos Dr. Raul and Christine Carvalho CGL Investments Ltd. Michelle Chang & Lawrence Chan Anonymous Anonymous Congregation of St. Basil John & Susan Cordonier Ruby & Gary Courtland Rob & Laura Cruickshank The Cullen Family Bruno & Dianne De Vita Dr. Felix Durity Dr. Marcel & Sue Dvorak Neysa Finnie & Gordon Brown Gail Fosbrooke Linda Fung

Magdalen Fung Chiu Reverend Mark Hagemoen The Harris Family John & Donna Herb John & Marylyn Horsman Chris & Rita Ireland JAK Investments Ltd. Marjorie Klassen Sophia Lui Henry Man WPJ McCarthy & Co. Ltd. David McDonald Holdings Ltd. Margot Micallef Maria Micallef Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB Oliver Capital Liam & Joya O’Loughlin Patric & Patricia Ouelette Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Dr. Charles Paris Guido & Laura Pela Pontiac Holdings Ltd. Angus Reid Foundation

Alenka Rener Robco Developments Ltd. The James & Penny Rogers Charitable Foundation Dale & Lynnis Rondeau Reverend Stephen Rowan St. Augustine’s Parish Saint Mark’s Parish Fleming Shen Donald Shumka Annerose Sims The Sook Ching Foundation Anonymous David & Anastasia Sum Dr. Gerald & Marian Sylvester Joseph & Elizabeth Tan TELUS - Employee matching program The Tsui Family Tino Varelas Don Vicic Dr. Gernot and Norma Wieland

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Saint Mark's College - On the Mark Newsletter - Fall 2013  

News and events from Saint Mark's College - a Catholic theological college affiliated with the University of British Columbia - located in V...

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