Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Jennifer Friesen

8/17/2008 (7 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Students can take courses in everything from Sacred Art and the Metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas to Catholic Spirituality and the Theological Vision of Pope John Paul II.

The mission of Redeemer Pacific College is ‘to develop dynamic Catholic leaders through higher education: men and women committed to lifelong Christian growth and intellectual formation who strive to bring all whom their lives touch into vital relationship with Jesus and his Church.’

The mission of Redeemer Pacific College is ‘to develop dynamic Catholic leaders through higher education: men and women committed to lifelong Christian growth and intellectual formation who strive to bring all whom their lives touch into vital relationship with Jesus and his Church.’

Highlights

By Jennifer Friesen

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/17/2008 (7 years ago)

Published in Americas


VANCOUVER, B.C. (Catholic Online) - Many Catholics in North America are aware of the new (or renewed) "orthodox" Catholic institutions of higher education that have sprung to life on this continent over the past two decades. Franciscan University in Steubenville, Christendom College in Virginia, and Ave Maria University in Florida head the list of those institutions seeking to be fully faithful to the Church's magisterium. Now the west coast of Canada can boast its own addition to this line-up: Redeemer Pacific College, in Langley, just outside the city of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Redeemer Pacific College (RPC) opened its doors in the fall of 1999 with the blessing and support of Archbishop Adam Exner of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. In addition, right from its inception, the RPC program was nurtured by Franciscan University in Steubenville. For example, two of the members of the College Board of Governors, Dr. Stephen Militec and Dr. Andrew Minto are distinguished FUS faculty; in addition, the renowned Catholic author and Bible scholar Dr. Scott Hahn, Professor of Theology at FUS, serves on the RPC Board of Advisors. This living link with Franciscan university remains vital to the identity of the College. RPC founder and President Tom Hamel explains:

The mission of Redeemer Pacific College is 'to develop dynamic Catholic leaders through higher education: men and women committed to lifelong Christian growth and intellectual formation who strive to bring all whom their lives touch into vital relationship with Jesus and his Church.'

The word "dynamic" is key here: it involves our commitment to nurture in our students not only "head-knowledge" of authentic Catholic doctrine, but also "heart-knowledge" of the personal love of Jesus Christ for each and every individual.

Back in 1997, Hamel took this vision of what Catholic higher education should be to Fr. Michael Scanlan, President of Franciscan University in Steubenville, and found there a kindred spirit. Scanlan has said of the famous renewal that he pioneered at FUS:

"A campus may be said to be Catholic to the degree that it creates an environment that fosters [adult] conversion to Christ and his Church. Students must be convinced of the need to own their own faith, and not just rent their parents'. Through hearing the Word of God proclaimed, and celebrating the sacraments, the students are encouraged to encounter the Lord in a personal way, firsthand."

Alongside this commitment to "dynamic" Catholic orthodoxy, RPC has a second -and altogether unique -feature: the College is located just outside the front gates of the largest Protestant Evangelical University in Canada: Trinity Western University. Hamel himself is a graduate of TWU, and he notes: "although not a Catholic institution, God is an integral part of the TWU experience. TWU provides a welcoming environment to all Christians, where Catholics and Evangelicals can share with each other their faith-perspectives, remaining true to their own traditions while discovering common ground -and even, on some issues, a common cause."

Hamel claims that, in general, Catholics and Evangelicals have been forced to drop some of their prejudices about each other in recent years, given the way all mainstream Christians have been under assault in Canada by the rapid advance of secularization and "political correctness." He cites the fact that Catholics and Evangelicals today stand shoulder to shoulder on Pro-life and Pro-Family social issues, and work together to protect of freedom of religion. "The same dynamic is at work between Catholics and Evangelicals at RPC and TWU;" says Hamel., "we do not wash over our differences, but we have learned the truth of what Bl. Pope John XXIII once said: 'There is more that unites us than divides us.'"

Students at RPC take courses at both TWU and RPC, ultimately receiving a TWU undergraduate degree. This enables Catholic students to have access to the full range of Trinity Western's university programs (TWU presently has over 2,500 students and 39 academic majors). It should also be noted that Trinity Western is a top-notch Canadian university: for example, it recently received an "A+" grade for academic excellence from one of Canada's national newspapers, The Globe and Mail.

The courses students take at RPC automatically count toward their TWU degree, and RPC has an array of course offerings, especially in Theology and Philosophy, all taught from a Catholic perspective. Senior theologian at RPC, Dr. Robert Stackpole, explains:

The goal of our academic program is to enrich the Catholic students that come here with a deeper appreciation of the Catholic heritage, and to help them attain a deeper commitment to the Catholic Faith. At RPC, students can take courses in everything from Sacred Art and the Metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas to Catholic Spirituality and the Theological Vision of Pope John Paul II. Indeed, in many ways, it is the dynamic orthodoxy of Pope John Paul the Great that really inspires us.

To help insure fidelity to that goal, all RPC Theology professors receive a "mandatum" from the Archdiocese of Vancouver, in accordance with Vatican guidelines, and all RPC professors take an oath of allegiance to the magisterium at the start of every academic year.

Catholic students can pick up credits at RPC toward a Catholic Liberal Arts Certificate, a Catholic Theological Studies Certificate, or do a full RPC "Minor in Catholic Studies," as part of Trinity Western's "Christianity and Culture" program. "In other words, you can do a Minor in Catholic Studies, which includes the study of the Catholic Tradition of Philosophy and Theology, even while pursuing a major in any university subject, " Dr. Stackpole says. "In fact, many of the courses you would take at RPC for these programs also, at the same time, fulfill core graduation requirements for TWU -- so it's not an extra-burden."

The Catholic Studies Minor also forms a part of RPC's new "Catholic Teacher Education Program." Designed to fit with TWU's own Education major, the TWU-RPC teacher training program guarantees placement in local area Catholic schools for the students' practicum and professional development year, and is recognized as an authorized teacher training program throughout Canada, and in most states in the USA.

Whatever course of study a student may choose to pursue, happily, the College also has an ever-increasing number of student scholarships available. Pres. Hamel exclaims: "The generosity of Catholics in our area to RPC has been amazing, and continues to grow. We have about 60 students at RPC now, most of them assisted in one way or another both by RPC and TWU scholarship programs."

The spiritual formation program at Redeemer Pacific is also one of its special features. With its own Dominican Chaplain, and assisted by the local clergy, the College now has Mass on campus almost every weekday during the semester, and Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction on every First Friday of the month. The students can also take monthly day-retreats at the Benedictine Abbey in Mission, B.C., less than an hour's drive away. Moreover, Guest speakers are frequently invited to RPC to enrich the students' appreciation of the Catholic worldview; in recent years these have included apologists Peter Kreeft and Mark Shea, ethicist Janet Smith, and journalist Rev. Raymond de Souza. Meanwhile, weekly student "Discipleship" groups meet together for fun and fellowship, and to read the Scriptures and pray together.

"The result is a close and mutually supportive Catholic community here," Hamel says, "where nobody is just a student I.D. number, and everybody 'matters.'"

For more information about Redeemer Pacific College, please see the College website at www.rpcollege.bc.ca, or call us at 604-888-7727. Visitors and inquirers are always welcome.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2016
Universal:
Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization: Holy Rosary: That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.



Comments


More Americas

Ecuador quake survivors share powerful stories of survival Watch

Image of The quake was the worst the Andean nation had seen in ten years (Paul Ochoa/Reuters).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated sections of Ecuador and left the death count at over 300 people. Over 2,000 destroyed buildings and ruined roads have been reported - and now survivors are sharing their harrowing experiences. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - As ... continue reading


Previous Argentina President accused of money laundering Watch

Image of Former President of Argentina accused of money laundering (1meee).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

After serving her country for eight years, former Argentina President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has been accused of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars into oversea accounts. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Former president Fernández de Kirchner has ... continue reading


Virgin Mary statue considered in notoriously secular Uruguay Watch

Image of Secular Uruguay debates whether to erect a Virgin Mary statue in a park (Shutterstock).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Uruguay is considered a secular country and is known for its refusal to condone religious beliefs of any kind - yet there exists a debate concerning the erection of a Virgin Mary statue. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Many in Uruguay stand on the country's ... continue reading


You won't believe what archaeologists recently uncovered in North America! Watch

Image of Were vikings in America before Columbus (Alamy)?

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Sarah Parcak and her team set off on a journey to North America, where they expected to uncover Viking relics beneath over 1,000 years' of soil. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Parcak used satellite images to search Northern America for irregularities in soil, each ... continue reading


Cuban paper accuses 'Negro Obama' of being dumb Watch

Image of Obama's visit to Cuba was a miserable failure and has been blasted in state media.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Cuban state media has criticized Obama, calling him a "negro" and accusing him of attempting to incite rebellion and disorder in the communist state. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The Cuban paper, Havana Tribune, has published a scathing article criticizing ... continue reading


Obama embarrasses nation, himself, in front of kids after suggesting communism is same as capitalism Watch

Image of If Obama really believes communism and capitalism are rational choices, then he should be kept at home until he's out of office to spare the rest of us national embarrassment.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

President Obama has made a downright dumb and embarrassing statement to Argentine youth during his visit to that country last week. The President claimed there was no difference between communism and capitalism. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - In a bizarre ... continue reading


SHOCKING: 'El Chapo' visited USA TWICE while hiding from authorities Watch

Image of Despite being hunted, 'El Chapo' Guzman allegedly made two visits to the United States in late 2015.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Mexican drug lord, "El Chapo" visited the USA twice following his escape from a Mexican prison last July. According to his daughter, Rosa Guzman Ortiz, the cartel leader used the opportunity to visit family members living in the United States. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


All Immigrants Welcome: 'It's a double standard for sure': America favors Cuba Watch

Image of United States shows favoritism toward Cubans (Jim Wyss).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

While the United States fights to keep migrants from entering its borders illegally, the Obama administration has pledged $1 million to provide Cubans trapped in Costa Rica with water, food, sanitation kits and temporary housing. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - One ... continue reading


Desperate parents seek help for 'possessed' teenage daughter Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A 15-year-old Honduran girl is being referred to as "possessed by the Devil" by her family and friends after she threatened to kill her mother and suffered from severely violent convulsions in church. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The unnamed girl was filmed on ... continue reading


Obama to become first U.S. president to visit Cuba in more than 80 years Watch

Image of The Cuban visit will mark the first visit by a U.S. president since Coolidge (Fort Worth: Sister Cities).

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

United States President Barack Obama will visit the Caribbean nation of Cuba as early as next month. This follows declarations of closer diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba announced in December of 2014. In doing so, Obama will become the first U.S. ... continue reading


All Americas News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 16:11-15
11 Sailing from Troas we made a straight run for Samothrace; the next day ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9
1 Alleluia! Sing a new song to Yahweh: his praise in the assembly of the ... Read More

Gospel, John 15:26--16:4
26 When the Paraclete comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 2nd, 2016 Image

St. Athanasius
May 2: St. Athanasius, the great champion of the Faith ... Read More