St. Mark's Church, Vancouver

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St. Mark's Church
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Location in Vancouver
Coordinates: 49°16′20″N 123°14′57″W / 49.272148°N 123.249244°W / 49.272148; -123.249244

Location5935 Iona Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6T 1J7
DenominationRoman Catholic
Former name(s)St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish
StatusParish church
Founded1967 (1967)
Founder(s)Archbishop Martin Johnson
Fr. Albert Zsigmond
DedicationMark the Evangelist
Functional statusActive
ParishSt. Mark's Parish
DeaneryVancouver West[1]

St. Mark's Church is a Roman Catholic Parish church that covers the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is situated in the University Endowment Lands within the grounds of St. Mark's College and Corpus Christi College. It was founded in 1967 by the Congregation of St. Basil and since 2007 it has been served by the Society of Jesus.

History[edit | edit source]

St. Mark's Parish was originally called St. Ignatius Parish, dedicated to Saint Ignatius of Antioch. Although it is based on the campus of St. Mark's College, it was originally without a permanent church.

St. Ignatius Parish[edit | edit source]

In 1956, St. Mark's College was founded by the Congregation of St. Basil. It is affiliated with University of British Columbia. It is a Roman Catholic theological college, being next to Corpus Christi college (a Roman Catholic liberal arts college) it became the central Catholic centre on the Vancouver campus of the university.[2][3]

In 1967, the Archbishop of Vancouver, Martin Johnson founded the parish of St. Ignatius of Antioch. The first parish priest was Fr. Albert Zsigmond. Masses were originally held in St. Anselm’s Anglican Church. When Fr. Zsigmond died in 1991, the parish reached a high point of 150 families. In 1997, the arrangement with St. Anselm’s came to an end and a new site for the parish had to be found.[2]

St. Mark's College Chapel[edit | edit source]

In 1998, St. Mark’s College opened a new chapel. An agreement was soon made for the chapel to host St. Ignatius Parish. The parish priest, Fr. Leo Klosterman, CSB, was also registrar of the college

In 2005, the Basilians left St. Mark's College and handed over administration of the parish to the Order of Friars Minor, when Fr. Brian Burns OFM was appointed as parish priest.[2]

St. Mark's Parish[edit | edit source]

In 2007, Fr. Brian Burns OFM died and the Jesuits were asked to serve the parish. Fr. Jim Sheppard SJ was the first Jesuit parish priest and was present from 2007 to 2011.[4] During his time there that it was requested by the parishioners and then decided by Archbishop John Miller CSB to have the parish centred in St. Mark's Chapel, change the name from St. Ignatius Parish to St. Mark's Parish, and the chapel become a church. In January 2012, it was formally named The Parish of St. Mark.[2]

Parish[edit | edit source]

The church has three Sunday Masses, at 9:30am and 11:30am in the morning, and at 7:00pm in the evening. The Sunday evening Mass is only during term time. There are weekday Masses at 12:10pm from Monday to Friday.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Parishes from Archdiocese of Vancouver retrieved 24 March 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Parish history from St. Mark's Chapel, retrieved 24 March 2014
  3. Our Campus from St. Mark's College, retrieved 24 March 2014
  4. Jesuits celebrate 400 years in Canada - in Vancouver from Jesuits in Canada retrieved 25 March 2014

External links[edit | edit source]

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