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.
Vancouver College will facilitate four Faith in Action Immersion trips in 2022-23. The Peru, South Bronx, Brownsville, and Indigenous Immersion groups will work to stand in solidarity with those marginalized by poverty and injustice by supporting these groups financially and learning about social justice issues. There are plans in place to travel to these communities next school year contingent on the lifting of travel restrictions.