Faith in Action
One of the Essential Elements of Catholic Education at Vancouver College is to stand in solidarity with those marginalized by poverty and injustice. With this mission in mind, the student outreach program was organized to place faith in action and make it a reality in our school community.
The Religious Education Department requires students at all grade levels to accomplish a "service project" as part of their completion of the course each year. In this way, students are challenged from the start to "get involved" in the world both near and far and "make a difference" for others. We hope in some small way to challenge the prevailing ethos of materialism and selfishness encouraged by business and political life today.
In addition, several school-wide initiatives take place each year to raise funds and encourage awareness that assists a number of local and international charities and organizations including Covenant House, Missions of Charity, and Doors Open.
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, during the 2020-2021 school year we will be offering three unique virtual Faith in Action "trips".
Our teachers will still create 3 teams consisting of 12 students for Peru, 12 for Brownsville, and 24 for South Bronx. The teams' missions this year will be to work to raise awareness of the injustices in these parts of the world. They will work together to raise funds to support a scholarship for students and for the needs of the community.
As the meetings will be held outside of school hours, these can be used for student service projects. Senior School students are invited to apply through the online form by June 15, 2020.