Online registration is now closed – You can still register on-site in the St. Patrick  High school Cafeteria (registration desk) across from the school.


One day courses for ministry training, faith
formation and general interest open to all.

Date:   Saturday, January 21, 2017
Time:   10:00 am to 4:00 pm, unless otherwise noted
Location:   St. Patrick Secondary, 115 East 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Cost:   $40.00 on or before January 13, 2017 ($20 for half-day course)
$45.00 after January 13, 2017 ($25.00 for half-day course)


Blessed Virgin Mary in Ecumenical Dialogue Running a Powerful & Effective Retreat (1:30pm–4pm only)
The Church and Political Life Classroom Management
Basics of the Faith – Part II Introduction to RCIA – Condensed Part I & II


Course Descriptions

Blessed Virgin Mary in Ecumenical Dialogue

Course No: W601

Presenters: Fr. Martin Moser, OMI


How do we share conversation about the Blessed Virgin Mary to non-Catholics? Learn about the ecumenical dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Anglican and Protestant Churches regarding the Blessed Virgin Mary. This session will be a great time of discussion about some ecumenical achievements or ecumenical documents about Mary.

Fr. Martin Moser, OMI, is the Pastor of St. Peter’s Parish in New Westminster, a member of the RCAV Commission for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, and the professor of theology at St. Mark’s College.


The Church and Political Life 

Course No: W602

Presenters: Peter Nation 


Do you want to learn how to dialogue with your co-workers, neighbours, and family members about hot topics, without raising your voices? This presentation explains how, without losing you cool to answer the questions, “Why does the Church interfere in politicis? Shouldn’t it just keep to religion?”

Peter Nation coordinator for Catholic Voices Canada, is a parishioner at St. Edmund’s parish.


Basics of the Faith – Part II 

Course No: W603

Presenters: Fr. Anthony Ho & Madonna House


The Catholic Faith is true and beautiful, but many have yet to discover its riches. Part 2 explores the moral life and prayer, two of the four pillars of the Catholic Faith.

Fr. Anthony Ho is pastor of Precious Blood Parish in Cloverdale. Madonna House is a Catholic community dedicated to poverty, prayer and hospitality.


Running a Powerful & Effective Retreat

Course No: W604

Presenters: Kathleen LeBlanc

Half-Day (1:30pm – 4pm)

Retreats can be an important part of your youth, young adult or parish ministry: they help to build community, they stretch people out of their comfort zones, and they give you the space to invite participants to deepen their relationship with God. Come and learn the important elements of a retreat and how to put a powerful and effective retreat together. You’ll discover that retreats are an ideal way to “Get Closer to Jesus” as identified by our archdiocesan Priorities and Goals.

Kathleen is the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator of St. Joseph parish in Langley.


Classroom Management

Course No: W605

Presenters: Murita Chua


In this course you will learn how to create a religious education environment conducive to learning and celebrating. Topics include: creating a positive catechetical environment, establishing classroom norms and consequences, conflict resolution, group management and communication skills.

Murita Chua is the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) Consultant for the Archdiocese of Vancouver.



Introduction to RCIA –  Condensed Part I & II

Course No: W606

Presenter: Patrick Gillespie

Full Day

Why the RCIA? This course will provide participants with a foundational understanding of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Particular attention will be given to the role of liturgy in drawing adults to jesus Christ and his Church. This course explores the Church’s role as ‘mother and teacher’ in RCIA. After introducing the role of catechesis, we address the pastoral coponent of Chrisitan Initiation through topics such as conversion of Christ, the RCIA team, sponsors, and marriage issues.

Patrick Gillespie is an Educational Consultant for the Catholic Independent Schools of the Archdiocese of Vancouver.



Click here to download a registration form. pdf


Winter Institute Registration:

  • The cost of registration includes morning  snack and lunch.
  • Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Late registration is not guaranteed a lunch
  • Registrant should confirm billing arrangement with parish or school.
  • Registration is not processed until payment has been received.
  • Request for refunds must be received by January 13, 2017 to: 604.683-0281 or
  • For a refund, there is a $5 processing fee which will be deducted from your remaining balance.


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