Catholic Pacific College

  • Catholic Pacific College

    Langley, BC

  • Catholic Pacific College

    Langley, BC

  • Catholic Pacific College

    Langley, BC

Undergrads at CPC/TWU


Catholic Faculty


Catholic Students


% On-campus students in single-sex dorms


Since 1999, Catholic Pacific College has given students a Catholic education in partnership with an evangelical Christian university, Trinity Western University (TWU), in Langley, British Columbia.  Now the College is launching its own two-year liberal arts diploma at a new campus only 10 minutes away.

Beginning in fall 2016, students at the new Walnut Grove campus of Catholic Pacific College will delve into the liberal arts and Great Books with courses in theology, philosophy, English, history, media, classics, and science.  The two-year liberal arts diploma is accredited by British Columbia’s Private Career Training Institutions Agency, and the College reports that some Newman Guide-recommended colleges accept transfer credits.  Students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree will want to inquire about credit transferability with their intended colleges.

Catholic Pacific also continues to give Catholic students the option to be dual-enrolled at TWU.  About 190 students at TWU elect to take core curriculum classes focusing on the Catholic intellectual tradition at Catholic Pacific College.  They can then pursue their major in any one of TWU’s 42 degree offerings, as well as a minor in Catholic studies at Catholic Pacific.

Trinity Western University draws about 12 percent of its 1,900 undergraduates from the United States. Aside from the expected theological differences, Catholic families will be pleased with the emphasis of Trinity Western on authentic Christian identity and students’ moral development.  The Catholic Pacific building next to TWU includes a classroom, faculty offices, student lounge, supplemental library, and chapel.

Catholic Pacific College’s board of governors includes the Most Rev. J. Michael Miller, CSB, Archbishop of Vancouver, formerly secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education at the Vatican.  Catholic Pacific’s president is Dr. Christine Jones, who earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from McGill University and a Canada-Research Chair post-doctorate in religion and culture from the University of British Columbia.

Depending on the exchange rate with Canada, Catholic Pacific’s price can be very attractive to Americans.  For international students, combined tuition, room, and board to attend Catholic Pacific College at Trinity Western University was about $22,500 USD in early 2016.  For the liberal arts program, it was about $16,100 USD.


All Catholic Pacific College professors make an annual oath of loyalty to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.  And all theologians have received the mandatum from the Archbishop of Vancouver.

At Trinity Western, students can take four Catholic Pacific courses each semester of the freshman year to meet the core requirements for a TWU degree. These courses emphasize “the Catholic heritage of faith and culture,” the College says.  To qualify for a minor in Catholic studies, students need to take 24 credits in religious studies and other courses.  These can include courses such as Old and New Testament, Catholic spirituality, Theology of the Body, and Thomistic philosophy courses.

After completing the core at Catholic Pacific, students complete their studies by taking Trinity Western courses.  TWU offers a wide range of majors in schools of humanities and social sciences, natural and applied sciences, professional studies and performing arts, business, education, and human kinetics.  The University has a semester-long program at its Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa for students studying Canadian government, and also has a variety of study abroad programs.  Students who take the core classes at Catholic Pacific College still graduate with a degree from Trinity Western University.

Catholic Pacific College’s planned two-year liberal arts diploma will be offered completely separate from Trinity Western University.  The diploma will take a classical approach to education, concentrating heavily on the Great Books.

According to the College, the liberal arts program is designed to give students “knowledge of human culture and the natural world, intellectual and practical skills, and individual and social responsibility.”  Students take four classes in theology, four in philosophy, as well as many more in other Catholic liberal arts disciplines.  The program also includes a special focus on media studies.


Whether they plan to attend classes at the new Walnut Grove campus or at Trinity Western, Catholic Pacific students enjoy a vibrant spiritual life. Daily Mass will be celebrated at both campuses by the chaplain and the clergy of the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

While Sunday Mass is not offered at the College, it is available at the nearby parishes of St. Joseph and St. Nicholas.  A Catholic Pacific bus leaves on Sunday night from TWU to take students to Mass.

Confession is available daily, and Adoration and benediction is provided weekly.  The Extraordinary Form of the Mass is celebrated once a month, and is available on Sundays at nearby Sts. Joachim and Ann Parish.


Catholic Pacific College students at TWU live in the larger University’s housing.  Less than a third of TWU students (about 850) live on campus, although the University encourages it.  One residence hall is set aside for first- and second-year female students; the remaining halls are co-ed, with men and women separated by floor or in suites with separate bathrooms.

TWU requires all students to sign a statement pledging to forego premarital sex, alcohol, and other detriments to academic and spiritual life.

Students pursuing the liberal arts diploma at the Walnut Grove campus will live at homes of parishioners of St. Nicholas and other nearby Catholic parishes.  The College is partnering with Harmony Homestay, a company founded by a TWU graduate, to place students with families.  Students will also have the option of finding their own accommodation.

Catholic Pacific College and TWU are located a half hour north of the American border and approximately 40 minutes southeast of Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean.  Among sites of local interest are the Canadian Museum of Flight and Transportation, Fort Langley National Historical Site, and the Langley Centennial Museum.  Major roads connect Langley with Vancouver, and the Vancouver International Airport is a large and modern facility.


The Catholic Pacific Student Association organizes social events for students.  Overall, there is an attempt made to foster a sense of community for Catholic Pacific students as a supplement to student activities at Trinity Western.  All CPC student events will be held jointly between the two campuses.

The Catholic Pacific Chamber Choir sings sacred music, including Gregorian Chant, for Mass.  A council of the Knights of Columbus is also present.

Trinity Western University offers a variety of clubs that are mostly related to academic disciplines, student government, and campus media.  The Spartans field men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball teams.  Other diversions include Theatre at TWU, Jazz Night, and intramural sports.

The campus is set in the shadow of the Coast Mountains, offering opportunities for skiing and hiking. The 157-acre campus includes 60 acres of protected natural forest and a lake circled by hiking trails.

Bottom Line

Catholic Pacific College’s partnership with a larger Christian university ensures a morally appropriate campus life that is hard to find at most Catholic universities.  Catholic students should be secure in their faith and prepared to address theological differences. And the new, two-year liberal arts program at the Walnut Grove campus will offer students the opportunity to gain a strong foundation in the Catholic intellectual tradition.

Catholic Pacific College is guided by dedicated Catholics who provide intellectual ballast to young men and women who want to live and share their faith in the world.  The personal attention that CPC students receive is uncommon and refreshing.  For all these reasons, CPC is an affordable and attractive option for those seeking a solid Catholic education.

Questions & Answers

Each year, the Newman Society asks the colleges recommended in The Newman Guide to answer the following questions. Below you will find the responses that we received directly from Catholic Pacific College.

Is your institution accredited by at least one regional or national education association? (Yes/No)


Please identify each accreditor and indicate whether it is approved by the U.S. Department of Education:

CPC is accredited through Trinity Western University which is accredited by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Please cite evidence of student or alumni accomplishment, such as graduation rate, graduate school placement, job placement, awards, etc.


Please identify any notable public recognition of your institution’s academic quality in the last three years, such as rankings, awards, etc.

CPC is not yet ranked nationally.

Trinity Western University has ranked among the top universities in Canada in Macleans’ Magazine’s report on the 2014 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC) surveys.

Of the 73 Canadian institutions that took part of the NSSE survey—the highest in the survey’s 15-year history—students gave TWU high marks in the categories of Student Satisfaction (2nd overall among senior students) and Higher-Order Learning (2nd overall). TWU ranked highly in other categories, such as Student-Faculty Interaction (5th), Effective Teaching Practices (4th) and Supportive Environment (4th).

Without neglecting difficult topics and ideas, how does your institution avoid leading students into serious error and spiritual harm through blasphemous, dissident, or heretical material in the bookstore, library, lectures, and course content?

All courses are taught from within and in light of the living tradition of the Church.

How are the insights of the Catholic faith integrated throughout the curriculum and course content in all subject areas?

Our Catholic Formation Track is designed as a coherent whole to form students in thought, devotion, and practice. Eleven of the fifteen courses of the track have overtly Catholic content.

How does the institution’s academic program form students in love and knowledge of God, for sainthood?

We believe that all proper Catholic Theology begins and ends on the knees. Our professors aim to model this in their own lives. Theology is not an academic game.

How does the institution’s academic program prepare students for the renewal of culture in the light of Christ?

CPC takes up Saint John Paul II’s motto ‘Be not afraid.’ We encourage students to fearlessly engage with culture, finding what is true, good, and beautiful, while critically evaluating what needs to be rejected.

Are more than half of the current members of your faculty practicing Catholics? (Yes/No)


Approximately what percentage of your current faculty members are practicing Catholics?

Currently, 100% of faculty are practicing Catholics.

Are members of your faculty officially informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of the institution? (Yes/No)


How are faculty members informed of this responsibility?

It is in their employment contracts.

Are members of your teaching faculty required, as a condition of employment, to be faithful to the magisterium of the Catholic Church in all teaching activities? (Yes/No)


Are members of your teaching faculty required, as a condition of employment, to conform to Catholic moral teaching in their public actions and statements both on and off campus?


Do all Catholic faculty members make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)

Yes, all full time faculty must receive a mandatum from the Archbishop of Vancouver.

Please identify key undergraduate faculty members who are noted experts in their field, have produced important publications, have leadership roles in academic associations, etc. and briefly describe such accomplishments (optional):

Fr. David Bellusci, O.P.

Father David Bellusci belongs to the Dominican Order. He has taught philosophy in English and French for the last five years at the Dominican University College in Ottawa. He has also taught philosophy in Colombia and India. His research has focused on St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Italian Renaissance/16th century Humanism. His doctoral research in philosophy explored the subject of God’s love, and his revised dissertation has been published into a book, Amor Dei in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. His Master’s in moral theology handled the problem of addiction, employing a Thomistic anthropology and ethics.

B.A. University of Toronto; M.A. University of Calgary; M.F.A. University of Nebraska; M.A. Th. and Ph.D. Dominican University College. His areas of teaching and writing include History of Ideas, Philosophy of Culture, Philosophy of Education, Philosophy of God, Saint Augustine, and Thomist ethics.

Fr. Bellusci’s creative interest is poetry and his first book of poems was released in Autumn, 2016. He is a member of the Canadian Jacques Maritain Association, Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, and the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers. He writes philosophy book reviews for Science et Esprit, and a monthly philosophy column for the BC Catholic.

Dr. Andrew TJ Kaethler

Dr. Andrew Kaethler grew up in the British Columbia, but spent eight years living in Europe. He received a B.A. in Christianity and Culture from TWU as well as an M.A. in Religion, Culture, and Ethics. His M.A. thesis, which was published, was titled The Synthesis of Athens and Jerusalem: George Grant’s Defense Against Modernity. At LCC International University, Andrew taught philosophy, theology, and cross-listed English/theology courses for four years and during this time discovered his love and passion for teaching. After four years and two additional children he moved to St Andrews, Scotland, where he spent four years working on a Ph.D. in systematic theology at the University of St Andrews. The Ph.D. thesis, titled Eschatology and Personhood: Alexander Schmemann and Joseph Ratzinger in Dialogue, was completed in Spring 2015.

Publications include “The God who Draws Near to Us: A Ratzingerian Approach to Christology, Eschatology, and Protology” in Path: Pontificia Academia Theologica; Between Being and Time: From Ontology to Eschatology; “Mary, Unity, and the Pathos for Equality: Alexander Schmemann’s ‘Scandalous’ Embrace of Difference” in Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture;  “The (Un)Bounded Peculiarity of Death: The Relational Implication of Temporality in Alexander Schmemann and Joseph Ratzinger” in Modern Theology; “‘I Become a Thousand Men and yet Remain Myself’: Self-Love in Joseph Ratzinger and Georges Bernanos” in Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture; “Eschatology and Personhood: Alexander Schmemann and Joseph Ratzinger in Dialogue” in Mitteilungen des Institut Papst Benedikt XVI; “Freedom in Relationship: Joseph Ratzinger and Alexander Schmemann in Dialogue” in New Blackfriars; and “Eucharistic Anthropology: Alexander Schmemann’s Conception of Beings in Time” in The Resounding Soul: Reflections on the Metaphysics and Vivacity of the Human Person.

Does the institution have a department of Catholic theology, distinct from “religious studies” and other disciplines?

Yes. De facto, we are a Catholic Studies/Theology Department at TWU. Within our programs we teach various theology courses. CPC offers students a Catholic Studies Minor, and a Catholic Studies Certificate.

Are courses in Catholic theology clearly identified and distinguished from other courses dealing with religion?

Yes. All Religious Studies courses at CPC are Catholic Theology.

Does every faculty member in the theological disciplines have the mandatum (or the “canonical mission” for ecclesiastical faculties) approved by the appropriate Church authority, as required by Canon Law? (Yes/No)


Do all faculty in the theological disciplines make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)

Yes, all our theologians hold a mandatum from the Archbishop of Vancouver.

Does your institution require that all theology courses be taught in a manner faithful to Scripture, Tradition, and the Church’s Magisterium, and also to the principles and methods proper to Catholic theology? (Yes/No)


Please identify the theology courses that are included in the undergraduate core or distribution requirements and the professors who routinely teach those courses:

These are the theology/Catholic content courses that are part of our Catholic Formation Track that fulfill the TWU core.

The Coherence of Faith

Sacred Scripture

Doctrine and Disciplines

Vatican I to Today: Global Issues

The Catholic Church Past and Present

Liturgy and Sacraments

Beauty and the Sacred

Virtue Ethics

These courses are routinely taught by Dr. Andrew Kaethler, Dr. David Baird, and  Fr. David Bellusci, O.P.

Please describe the place of Catholic theology in your institution’s undergraduate curriculum and how it is distinct from other institutions.

All students are required to take theology courses as part of their core requirements, regardless of their discipline.

Please identify any course that every undergraduate student must take:

In addition to the theology/Catholic content courses listed above every undergraduate student taking the Catholic Formation Track as part of the TWU core must take: Introduction to Catholic Fiction; Poetry and Drama in a Catholic Context; Latin

Please identify the courses that students may choose from in order to satisfy common curriculum distribution requirements:

Quantitative and computational…

How many credits are required for graduation and what percent are from core / distribution courses?
122 credits, 35% from the core

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more courses in which they are taught authentic Catholic doctrine and practice? (Yes/No)

No, however Catholic students may take the Catholic Formation Track of the Trinity Western University core curriculum which guarantees them approx. 33 credits of Catholic courses.

If yes, please describe them generally and note how many courses are required?

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more interdisciplinary courses relating theology or philosophy with other disciplines? (Yes/No)

Yes, as part of TWU core requirements all students are required to take Foundations courses which help students use a holistic Christian worldview.

Additional core curriculum information, clarification, or description (optional):

Catholic Pacific College offers a Catholic Formation Track that fulfills the TWU core. Eleven of fifteen (plus a one credit course) of these courses are offered by CPC. TWU completes the Formation track with three foundations courses (one of which is only a one credit course), a scientific method and lab research course, and a quantitative and computational course.

Number of majors:

47 (TWU)

List the major, minor and special program areas that students may choose for specialization while pursuing an undergraduate degree:


Art + Design

Arts, Media and Culture

Biblical Studies



Biotechnology & Business Administration

Biotechnology & Chemistry

Business Administration


Corporate Finance


Human Resource Management

International Business

International Development Studies

Leadership and Management


Christianity and Culture

Catholic Studies (at CPC)



Film Studies

Leadership Communication stream

Media Communication stream

Professional Writing stream

Computing Science

Corporate Communications


Elementary Education

Middle School Education

Secondary Education

Special Education

Elementary School Physical Education


Environmental Studies


Natural Systems & Resources

Physical & Analytical

European Studies

Gender Studies

General Studies




Human Kinetics

Athletic Therapy Stream

Generalist Stream

Kinesiology Stream

Physical Education Stream

Sport and Leisure Management

Human Services

Information Systems

Inter-Cultural Studies

International Studies


Teaching English as a Second Language


Mathematics with Computing Science



Natural & Applied Sciences




Political Studies

Pre-professional Studies


Pre-Engineering and Transfer Program



Pre-Veterinary Medicine


Religious Studies

Social Studies


Sport and Leisure Management


World Languages and Cultures

French Language

French Language and Literature


What are the three most popular majors or specialty disciplines for undergraduate students, and about what percentage of undergraduate students specialize in these disciplines?

Education, Nursing, Business

Does each undergraduate degree program require Catholic ethical formation related to the student’s major field(s) of study? (Yes/No)

No. However, Catholic students may take the Catholic Formation Track of the Trinity Western University core curriculum which guarantees them approx. 33 credits of Catholic courses.

Does your institution regularly provide academic events to address theological questions related to specialized disciplines? (Yes/No – if yes, please describe)

Yes, CPC frequently hosts lectures and other events.

Does your institution require cooperation among faculty in different disciplines in teaching, research, and other academic activities? (Yes/No – if yes, please describe)

Yes, insofar as CPC has a small faculty united in the faith, there is much collaboration and collegiality.

Does the institution have one or more priest chaplains on campus for the Sacraments and spiritual direction? (Yes/No)


On average, how many hours per week is a priest chaplain on campus and available to students?

At least 12 hours

Please describe the priests who minister to students and celebrate the Sacraments on campus.

Our chaplain is a trained musician and teacher. He loves the Lord, the liturgy, people, food, painting, and his dogs. He is passionate about evangelism.

Does the local bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) select or approve the appointment of your priest chaplain(s)? (Yes/No)


Does the institution have one or more campus ministers on campus (lay or religious, but not priests) who are available to students for spiritual direction? (Yes/No)


Please describe the campus ministers who are not priests.

Does your institution offer Mass to students at least on Sundays and other days of obligation? (Yes/No)

CPC offers Mass every weekday that classes are in session. On Sundays, students have the option of attending Mass at several local parishes. Students often carpool to Mass on Sundays.

On average, about what percentage of undergraduate students attend Sunday Mass (including the Saturday vigil Mass) during the academic year? 


Does your institution offer daily Mass to students? (Yes/No)


On average, about how many undergraduate students attend daily Mass during the academic year?

20-30 students per day.

Does your institution offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to students? (Yes/No – if yes, when and how often?)

The novus ordo is celebrated in Latin twice a month. At the local parish where our chaplain is the priest (Sts. Joachim & Ann Parish) the extraordinary form of the Mass is celebrated and available for students every Sunday.

Are all of the Masses celebrated on campus reverent and in accord with liturgical norms and directives? (Yes/No)


Please list the schedule of Masses, noting the following for each Mass: the day and time, the Form or Rite of the Mass, and the style of music, if any (chant, traditional, contemporary, etc.):

There is daily Mass at 11 am. The Adoremus Hymnal, which includes traditional hymns and Gregorian chant, is used at daily Masses.

Does your institution offer Confession on campus at least weekly? (Yes/No)

Yes, before every Mass.

List the schedule for Confession by day and time:

10:45 am before daily Mass.

Does your institution offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at least weekly? (Yes/No)

No, but Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is offered at least every month.

List the schedule for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by day and time:

Usually in the evening at 7pm.

Please identify regularly scheduled devotions on campus for students such as the Rosary and prayer groups:

Many students form their own devotional groups, and the chapel is open whenever the campus is open.

Does your institution offer retreat programs available to all Catholic students at least annually? (Yes/No)

Yes, once per semester.

Please describe any formal programs to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life:

The Archdiocesan director of vocations visits the campus every other month.

If your institution has formal vocation programs, about how many students participate in them each year?


Are you aware of any graduates from your institution (not including seminary students, if any) who are ordained to the priesthood or have entered religious life? Please describe.

Yes, there are graduates who have entered the priestly or religious life. Exact numbers not available.

Does your institution limit religious services and activities on campus (not including private prayer and devotions) to faithfully Catholic activities? (Yes/No)


Please describe options for students to reside on and off campus:

CPC/TWU: Residences

What percentage of students reside in housing offered by your institution?

Approx. 25%

Does your institution offer only single-sex residence halls? (Yes/No)

No, but freshman residences are single sex.

What percentage of students living on campus live in single-sex residence halls?


If your institution offers co-ed residence halls, how are students of the opposite sex separated?


When are students of the opposite sex permitted to visit common areas of residence halls?

Douglas Hall/Fraser Hall/Northwest Hall, Weekdays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Weekends & Holidays*, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Independent Study Week and during Final Exams, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

*Holidays include Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Good Friday & Easter Monday.

Are students of the opposite sex ever permitted to visit students’ bedrooms? (Not including irregular “open house” events, once or twice a semester.) (Yes/No – if yes, when?)


If students of the opposite sex are visiting students’ bedrooms, does your institution require that doors are fully open and lights on? Please describe.


How does your institution foster sobriety and respond to substance abuse on campus, particularly in campus residences?

The TWU campus is alcohol free.

How does your institution foster a student living environment that promotes and supports chastity, particularly in campus residences?

CPC promotes chastity, via academic subjects, homiletics, spiritual direction, and semesterly retreats, with particular emphasis on Theology of the Body.

How does your institution foster Catholic prayer life and spirituality in campus residences?

CPC promotes spirituality and prayer life via academic subjects, homiletics, spiritual direction, and semesterly retreats, with particular emphasis on traditional Catholic Spirituality.

Please identify and briefly describe officially recognized student clubs and activities at your institution that…

Catholic Pacific Student Association, for social events.

Catholic Pacific Council of the Knights of Columbus, for fraternity and service to the college community.

Catholic Pacific Chamber Choir, for sacred music, including Gregorian Chant.

…foster spiritual development:

  1. Spring and Fall semester retreats
  2. Work closely with archdiocesan groups to host vocations events.
  3. Weekly faith study/Catechesis

…engage in corporal works of mercy:

The CPC Knights of Columbus organizes group trips to do the corporal works of mercy multiple times a semester (including soup kitchens, going to care homes, etc).

…address sexual issues (including birth control, abortion, homosexuality):

A lot of CPC students join Trinity Western University Students’ for Life Club. (Over 50% of the club is Catholic.)

…address issues of social concern:

CPC has a Catholic social teaching component to many of its courses, e.g. RELS 382: The Catholic Church, Theology and Practice

…address particular academic interests:

The CPSA periodically invites the profs of CPC to meetings where they dialogue about specific topics.

…address particular cultural interests:

Periodically, CPC hosts movie nights sponsored by profs.

…provide opportunities for athletic pursuits:

TWU facilitates intramural sports teams, which all CPC students are welcome to participate in.

…please list all student clubs not listed in the above categories:


If applicable, in which athletic Division and Conference does your institution compete? (Please specify NCAA, NAIA, etc. as well as Division level.)


What athletic teams are offered for men and women?


How do you help develop the mind, body, and soul of student-athletes?


Does your institution require all student clubs and activities, including those listed above, to operate in accord with Catholic teaching? (Yes/No)


How does your institution address student clubs and activities that may conflict with Catholic teaching?

All are expected to operate in accord with Catholic teaching.

Does your institution require student services like health care, counseling and guidance to conform to Catholic ethical and moral teaching and directives? (Yes/No)

Yes, counseling is provided.

How does your institution restrict student access to obscene and pornographic material, including computer and network access, the library, and the bookstore?

Has your institution’s diocesan bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) officially recognized the institution as Catholic? (Yes/No)


Do your institution’s governing documents include or reference the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex Corde Ecclesiae? (Yes/No)

Yes (For Canada)

Do your institution’s governing documents or institutional policies require conformity to the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex Corde Ecclesiae? (Yes/No)

Yes (For Canada)

What is your institution’s mission statement?

Catholic Pacific College’s mission, in its unique ecumenical setting at TWU, is to educate students in the true, good, and beautiful culminating in the person of Jesus Christ as illumined in the living tradition of the Catholic Church.

Does your institution have a written policy prohibiting awards, honors, or speaking platforms for individuals or organizations that defy, by public action or statement, fundamental Catholic moral principles including the sacredness and dignity of human life and the sanctity of marriage? (See United States bishops, “Catholics in Political Life.”)(Yes/No)

YES, the US bishops’ “Catholics in Political Life” as our official policy regarding speakers and honorees.

Please give or explain your campus speaker and honoree policy in light of Catholic moral teaching:

All speakers and honorees must meet the above standard.

Describe the makeup of your institution’s undergraduate student body with regard to sex, religion, home state/country and type of high school (public, private, homeschool):

Catholic: 90% of students that take courses at CPC are Catholic; however, Catholics make up approximately 5% of TWU’s student population with the remainder being predominantly Protestant.

Are prospective and current members of your institution’s governing board(s) informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of your institution? (Yes/No)


Are more than half of the current members of your institution’s governing board(s) practicing Catholics? (Yes/No)

Yes, 100%

Do Catholic members of your institution’s governing board(s) make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)


Is your institution’s president a practicing Catholic? (Yes/No)


Does your institution’s president make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)


A Message from the President

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.

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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