At Vancouver College we challenge ourselves to graduate men of 'faith and learning.' It is good to regularly ask, "Just what is this faith - and what are we hoping to learn?" Vancouver College is an educational community based on the Gospels of Jesus in the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice. Edmund Rice was an Irish businessman who used his considerable wealth to begin a system of schools and a Religious Order that would be in relationship with the poor of society in such a way as to help them break the cycle of their poverty.
Our ultimate goal is to graduate young men with a social conscience, with a practical Catholic Christian faith and with skills to live this in society and for the good of society. We would hope that our past students as the future doctors, lawyers, plumbers, teachers, parents and politicians of society would have the mindset that motivated Jesus of Nazareth.
The key, we believe, to the conversion of heart that Jesus challenged his disciples is relationship. It is only when you are in relationship with the poor, with those that our society disadvantages, with family and friends and with the poverty within ourselves that our hearts will change. It is in 'sharing story' and hearing story that we grow in self-awareness and empathy for others. When the homeless, the substance abusers, the unemployed and indeed the refugee become a face and a name, their story can then truly and deeply touch ours and in doing so touch that within us that is homeless and abused!
We, a team of staff and students working in various capacities within the umbrella of Campus Ministry, believe that in the honest and respectful sharing of story people will change and the Kingdom of Love that Jesus so often spoke about will become a reality in our world.
Each year we as a school will focus on one of the eight Essential Elements. We challenge students, staff, parents, administration, and the board to look for ways to implement this yearly focus in their activities and work. We all share this commitment to the life and charism of Edmund Rice.