CPC Offers Catholic Formation at Evangelical University

“Catholic Pacific College is a genuine Catholic college... At CPC, students experience an outstanding Catholic formation while preparing for a wide variety of careers.” ––Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB.

You will not find anything like this in North America: an Evangelical university that provides Catholic education to Catholic students. Beginning Fall 2020 Catholic Pacific College will be offering a Catholic Formation Track within Trinity Western University’s liberal arts core curriculum. This means that Catholic students at TWU can earn an undergraduate degree in one of 48 majors and receive alongside it a superb Catholic formation. The formative track introduces the students to the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition and engages with fundamental questions that pertain to all aspects of life, enabling students to make informed choices about faith, relationships, vocation, and careers.

As an independent college founded in 1999 (originally Redeemer Pacific College), CPC works together with TWU to offer Catholic course content. Alongside the new Catholic Formation Track, CPC offers upper level electives, and even a Catholic Studies minor. CPC prides itself in its high-calibre, faithful professors. Educated at well-respected international universities––Oxford, St. Andrews, Dominican College––the professors bring their expertise and Christian witness to the classroom. 

Beyond academics, CPC is a Christ-centred college that is rooted in the sacramental life. Daily Mass is offered on campus, and confession as well as spiritual direction are readily available. In relation to this sacramental life CPC has a vibrant and supportive student community. At CPC students experience the benefits of a larger university and the intimacy of a small college.

CPC is one of only two colleges in Canada listed in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. This is attested to by CPC’s alumni. Scott Van Vliet (Philosophy Major, working at St. John Brebeuf Regional Secondary) asserted, “I would recommend CPC because of the faith formation it gives. It gave me a foundation for my studies that I rely heavily on now. ” Royston Grosjean (grade five teacher at Cloverdale Catholic Elementary School) said, “CPC changed everything for me. It was an opportunity for me to engage in my faith on a daily basis. It truly changed me and made me into the man I am today.” “CPC is worth everything in terms of the opportunity to become more yourself in your Catholic faith,” comments Veronica Hargrave (grade five teacher at St Patrick’s Elementary). “It engages you intellectually, offers a strong and supportive Catholic community, and pushes you to experience things that you wouldn't in a secular university.”

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Catholic Formation Track

  1. The Coherence of Faith
  2. Sacred Scripture
  3. Doctrine and Disciplines
  4. Liturgy and Sacraments
  5. Beauty and the Sacred
  6. Virtue Ethics
  7. Vatican I to Today
  8. The Catholic Church Past and Present
  9. Introduction to Catholic Fiction
  10. Poetry and Drama in a Catholic Context
  11. Latin