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"I felt that this was something that I had been missing in my life: this Catholic education and Catholic community. I really wanted to incorporate that into my education."
CPC/TWU Alumna | Major in Music: Vocal Performance
"I did not expect the CFT to be as impactful on my education and my faith as much as it has been this last year. Each course has challenged me to think differently, to see the world through the cracks of reality that ordinary life tries to cover up."
Current CFT Student | Business Major
"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 Alumnus | Communications Major
"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."
Scott Van Vliet
CPC Alumnus | Psychology Major
"Before being in the CFT, I found myself not knowing what I wanted to do because I didn’t know who I was and what God wanted me to dedicate my time to. The CFT is designed to have you probe the question of who you are and how to lead a meaningful life in Christ."
Current CFT Student | TWU Athletics
Meet the Faculty
Dr. Andrew Kaethler
Fr. David Bellusci, O.P.
Dr. David Baird
Dr. Adrienne Castellon
Prof. Vic Cavalli
Prof. Loranne Brown
Prof. Rachel Lacy-Boersma
All Courses Alphabetically
ART 215 CP - Beauty & the Sacred (formerly Beauty and the Sacred Arts)
ENGL 105 CP - Fiction in a Catholic Context
ENGL 106 CP - Poetry & Drama in a Catholic Context
LATN 211 CP - Latin (formerly Medieval Ecclesial Latin)
MCOM 172 CP - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
PHIL 115 CP - Virtue Ethics
PHIL 303 CP - Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 304 CP - Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas
PHIL 305 CP - Philosophy of the Human Person
PHIL 333 CP - Philosophy of Literature
RELS 105 CP - The Coherence of Faith
RELS 106 CP - Sacred Scripture
RELS 107 CP - Doctrine and Disciplines
RELS 224 CP - New Testament Theology
RELS 365 CP - Christian Moral Theology
RELS 366 CP - Theology of the Body
RELS 367 CP - The Catholic Church: Past & Present
RELS 372 CP - Contemporary Catholic Theology of the Love of God
RELS 375 CP - C.S. Lewis
RELS 382 CP - Vatican I to Today
RELS 387 CP - Contemporary Catholic Theology of the Love of God
RELS 388 CP - Liturgy & Sacraments
RELS 399 CP - Catholic Spirituality in the Modern World
RELS 465 CP - Influential Thinkers in the Western Christian Tradition
RELS 473 CP - The Theology of Thomas Aquinas and John Paul II
Chaplaincy & Liturgy
Our chaplain, Fr. Lawrence Donnelly, and the local clergy of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, are pleased to provide the following liturgy, devotions, and spiritual direction for the college community and guests:
Celebration of the Eucharist
Mass is celebrated in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite (English) from Monday to Thursday from 11:00 to 11:30 am in the main classroom.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Confession is available in the Chaplain's office by appointment or from 10:15 to 10:45 am on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Spiritual direction is available from the Chaplain by appointment.
- What is an academic minor?
- What is a Catholic Studies Minor?
- Why pursue a minor?
- The Details
- List of required courses for Catholic Studies Minor
What is an academic minor?
An academic minor is a field of study that is secondary to a major degree. Rather than pursuing a double major - which is generally more expensive and takes longer to finish - students can expand their range of knowledge with a minor. A minor can be focused on an area of personal interest that may not be included in the program of the major. Also, it may be a field of study that expands the scope of their major; for example, psychology majors may take religious studies in order to practice within a faith community.
What is a Catholic Studies Minor?
The Catholic Studies Minor is granted by the Christianity and Culture program at TWU but is administered and taught by Catholic Pacific College professors. The minor is comprised of theology and philosophy courses that are designed to expose students to the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition. In turn, the skills and knowledge gained from these courses complement the programs that Trinity Western University provides.
Why pursue a minor?
In general, a minor has both personal and career benefits. Regardless of the reason behind taking the minor, it is additional education that will enrich your life and add to your uniqueness. A Catholic Studies minor particularly excels in this regard since it directly engages with fundamental questions that pertain to all aspects of life, enabling students to make informed choices about faith, relationships, vocation, and careers.
Further, the minor will boost the students’ CV/resume. In order to add depth and insight to organizations employers often look for persons with diverse experience and education. Well-rounded individuals have potential to think outside of the box, a critical asset in an ever-changing marketplace. In addition, a graduate with a Catholic Studies minor is particularly well-suited for work within Catholic institutions (e.g., Catholic education).
A total of 24 s.h. of credit, including a minimum of 12 s.h. of upper-level credit is required to complete a Minor. A minimum overall (cumulative) GPA of 2.00 is required for graduation.
In order to be eligible for graduation you must complete an Application for Graduation via the Student Portal and submit a completed checklist to the Office of the Registrar by April 30 of the year prior to your completion (there is no fee to apply for graduation). Once your complete application has been received, a degree audit will be completed for you. This audit will confirm which courses are still outstanding in order for you to complete your degree.
List of Required Courses for Catholic Studies Minor
Choice between 1 of the following: PHIL 111 CP - History of Western Philosophy: Ancient & Medieval
Choice between 4 of the following: RELS 224 CP - New Testament Theology
CPC Additional Resources & Archives
- CPC Videos
- CPC Communiqué Archive
- Study Resources
- Catholic Faith Study
- The Most Holy Rosary
Dialoguing Toward Truth
Episode 1: Do Catholics Worship Mary?
Episode 4: Is the Eucharist True Flesh & Blood
Episode 7: Do Catholics Worship Graven Images?
Episode 2: Why do Catholics Pray to Saints?
Episode 5: Do Catholics Believe the Pope is Perfect?
Episode 8: Do Catholics Use Only Rote Prayers?
Episode 3: Why do Catholics Confess to a Priest?
Episode 6: Do Catholics Teach "Works" Salvation?
Faith & Academics
About the Catholic Formation Track
Introduction to CFT
ENGL 106 - Poetry & Drama in a Catholic Context
RELS 107 - Doctrine & Disciplines
RELS 388 - Liturgy & Sacraments
LATN 211 - Latin
Intro to CFT Courses
RELS 105 - The Coherence of Faith
PHIL 115 - Virtue Ethics
RELS 382 - Vatican I to Today
ENGL 105 - Fiction in a Catholic Context
RELS 106 - Sacred Scripture
ART 215 - Beauty & the Sacred
RELS 367 - The Catholic Church: Past & Present
Catholic Faith Study
Fr. Lawrence will be instructing students on matters of the Catholic faith and guiding them through various provocative/controversial questions that often arise about it. People new to Catholicism will gain a foundational understanding of it, and those familiar with it will deepen their understanding of it.
Come check it out, there are no commitments involved - although, you'll probably get hooked!