Born from the heart of the Church, Catholic Pacific College offers a solid liberal arts education that enables students to engage with the great thinkers of the past and present, and to learn the truth that the Church has proposed down through the centuries. 

CPC Sections of TWU Courses at the Glover Road Campus

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.

Liberal Arts Diploma Program at the Walnut Grove Campus

Recently, CPC announced that it will be launching its very own Liberal Arts Diploma program in September of 2016. With the new program, priced affordably, CPC will serve the broader Catholic community in the lower mainland and reach a global audience of students. The program will be delivered at the new parish centre at St. Nicholas' in Walnut Grove, Langley, BC. 

A Brand of Trust

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 Institution Training Branch under the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. CPC is a PTIB designated institution and can be found in the Private Institution Training 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. 

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.

The human being’s vocation, which begins in this life and finds its ultimate fulfillment in the next, is a vocation to beatitude - the fullest measure of love and happiness - and to participation in divine life (CCC). Thus, it stands to reason that education has as its definitive object or end the purpose of helping each person achieve his or her true good and beatitude. 

In an address to bishops, Pope Benedict XVI said that “providing young people with a sound education in the faith represents the most urgent internal challenge facing the Catholic community…The deposit of faith is a priceless treasure which each generation must pass on to the next by winning hearts to Jesus Christ and shaping minds in the knowledge, understanding and love of his Church.” There is a growing recognition on the part of Catholic colleges and universities, said the pope, “to reaffirm their distinctive identity in fidelity to…the Church’s mission in service of the Gospel,” because young people “have a right to encounter the faith in all its beauty, its intellectual richness and its radical demands.” (“Ad Limina Apostolorum,” 5/5/2012).

However, in the present historical and cultural context, the achievement of this end is beset with a number of challenges. It is no exaggeration to say that for a number of years now there has been something of a crisis in higher education, not just in secular institutions, but in Catholic institutions of higher learning as well.  There seems to be increasing uncertainty concerning what, in fact, a university education is for. 

This is a novel situation, and a demanding new challenge, because until recently there was a good deal of consensus — in religious and secular educational environments alike — on the question concerning the goal of education. Education was seen to be concerned with helping and guiding the person toward fulfilling his or her own human capacities. Christian educators subscribed to this view, as did the liberal humanist inheritors of the Enlightenment (even while they increasingly detached their humanism from the Christian sources that had informed it). Now, humanism itself has come to be defined along very divergent lines, and, in terms of its range of possibilities, has even endorsed positions that can be characterized as radically anti-humanist and nihilist. Since education presupposes a philosophy of the person, and a stance concerning the person’s destiny, this state of affairs has led to a crisis that is evident to all but the most benighted of observers. 

In such a climate, the task of the Catholic educator and of Catholic institutions of learning is, first and foremost, to defend all that is authentically human. Indeed, in a recent address to bishops, Pope Benedict XVI said that “providing young people with a sound education in the faith represents the most urgent internal challenge facing the Catholic community…The deposit of faith is a priceless treasure which each generation must pass on to the next by winning hearts to Jesus Christ and shaping minds in the knowledge, understanding and love of his Church.” There is a growing recognition on the part of Catholic colleges and universities, says Benedict, that they need “to reaffirm their distinctive identity in fidelity to…the Church’s mission in service of the Gospel,” because young people “have a right to encounter the faith in all its beauty, its intellectual richness and its radical demands.” (“Ad Limina Apostolorum,” 5/5/2012).

Catholic Pacific is precisely a place were the Christian vision as outlined by the pope is presented in all its breadth and integrity. All Catholic Pacific College courses are taught by exceptional teachers, people who love the Church wholeheartedly, and who are filled with a passion to communicate the very best of what the Church has to offer. Students are taught how to engage with the Church’s tradition, in order to evaluate what human beings in preceding generations have counted as wisdom, and in an endeavour to “sift all things and hold fast to what is good” (St. Paul).

But memory is not enough in defending what is human. It is not enough, for example, to have memory of the fact that Jesus Christ lived 2000 years ago. That memory has to become a consciousness of His presence in the here and now. If faith doesn’t become meaningfully linked to all of life as it is lived in the present, then it can hardly withstand the challenges of a culture which has forgotten Christ. To this end, our students are helped to learn to see how all that their tradition proposes can be verified in relation to their own vitally lived experience in the present. They attempt to examine everything they have received from tradition in such a way as to make that inheritance their own; moreover, the truth that the Church proposes, and that the great thinkers of the past have engaged with, can be compared to the deepest longings of their hearts and seen to be true and supremely important for their lives. 

Catholic Pacific College is a place where witnesses to this truth abound. Students who see such witnesses, in each other, and in their teachers, are drawn by the attractiveness of Jesus, by the goodness, beauty, and truth that He intends for their lives, and by the beatitude that only He can give them.

By Dr. Christine Jones, President

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