CPC enjoys a unique partnership with Trinity Western University, providing students a solid foundation in the liberal arts, taught from a Catholic perspective, as they work their way towards an undergraduate degree in any one of the 45+ undergraduate majors offered by TWU. Students at CPC can concurrently pursue a Catholic Liberal Arts Certificate, a Catholic Education Certificate, a Catholic Theology Certificate, or a Catholic Studies Minor, while undertaking their course of studies at TWU.
CPC's sections of TWU courses are taught at the Glover Road Campus, nestled next to the Salmon River creek near historic Fort Langley. Over a hundred students currently call Catholic Pacific College home as they pursue their choice of degree programs at TWU. The Glover Road Campus has been affectionately nicknamed by students as the Catholic Pacific “cottage”, because of the cosy old house where we come together as a community.
Catholic Pacific is one of only two colleges in Canada who are on the coveted list of Catholic colleges recommended for fidelity and excellence by The Cardinal Newman Society, and published in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.
CPC was accredited by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency of BC on February 9, 2016. On September 1, 2016, PCTIA became the Private Training Institution Branch under the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. CPC is a PTIB designated institution and can be found in the Private Training Institution Directory.
The mission of Catholic Pacific College is to educate students in the living tradition of the Catholic Church, enabling them to critically evaluate the great patrimony of the Church and civilizations of the world, so that their lives can bear fruit, both for themselves and in service to others.
At Catholic Pacific College, while studying imaginative literature, philosophy, theology, history, science, the arts and various media, students are taught how to engage with the Church’s tradition, and with the entire heritage of western civilization, in order to evaluate what human beings in preceding generations have counted as wisdom, and in an endeavor to “sift all things and hold on to what is good” (1 Thess 5:21). Yet, at Catholic Pacific, our attention is not just on the past and on what preceding generations have taught. We believe that it is essential that students examine everything they have received from the Catholic tradition in such a way as to make that inheritance their own.
As Pope Benedict XVI said in Deus Caritas Est, “Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.” Hence, a Catholic educational institution is first and foremost a “place to encounter the living God who in Jesus Christ reveals his transforming love and truth.” A Christianity that is a lived experience of all that is beautiful, good, and true, touches the deepest longing of our hearts, and can transform and make fruitful our lives. Hence, Catholic Pacific College’s mission is to help all whom we meet develop a consciousness of Christ’s presence in the here and now, so that, transformed, we can be faithful to the Church’s mission in service to the Gospel.
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Catholic Pacific College, founded in 1999 as Redeemer Pacific College, is a Catholic college located in Langley, BC. Since its founding the college has offered, and continues to offer, sections of Trinity Western University courses that students can count towards any one of 45+ TWU degrees. Students currently enrolled at TWU can take CPC courses at its Glover Road Campus, adjacent to TWU, while enjoying a vibrant Catholic campus culture.
In August of 2011, Dr. Christine Jones became the second president of the college, taking over from founding president Thomas Hamel.
In 2011, the college founded the Redeemer Pacific Chamber Choir, the Redeemer Pacific Student Association, and a college chapter of the Knights of Columbus.
On September 13, 2014, with the approval of Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, the CPC Board of Governors voted to change the college's name from Redeemer Pacific College to Catholic Pacific College, and on June 3, 2015, the name change became official. The chamber choir, student association, and Knights' council were also rebranded as the Catholic Pacific Chamber Choir, the Catholic Pacific Student Association, and the Catholic Pacific Council of the Knights of Columbus. In September 2015, the Archbishop himself joined CPC's Board of Governors.
On September 1, 2015, Catholic Pacific College became a registered institution with the Private Career Training Institutions Agency and announced that it will launch its very own Liberal Arts Diploma program in September 2016.
On October 20, 2015, PCTIA approved a satellite campus for CPC in Walnut Grove at the St. Nicholas Parish Centre, 20675 - 87 Avenue, Langley, BC. The new Walnut Grove Campus will be hosting the Liberal Arts Diploma program. Sections of TWU courses will continue to be offered at the Glover Road Campus location.
Catholic Pacific College is a member of the Cardinal Newman Society and is listed in the society's "The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College" as a recommended faithful Catholic college. CPC follows the directives of the Magisterium of the Church in relation to Catholic post-secondary education, including St. John Paul II's encyclical Ex Corde Ecclesiae.