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

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, unless otherwise noted
Location: Notre Dame Regional Secondary, 2880 Venables St., Vancouver
Cost: $40.00 on or before April 9, 2018
$45.00 after April 9, 2018
Online registration has been closed for the Spring Institute. You can register in person at Notre Dame Regional Secondary on Saturday, April 14.


Equality and Religious Freedom Basics of the Faith – II
Walk With Me: How To Journey With Young People Children and Prayer
Celebrating Our Giftedness Adult Catechesis – Part I
Overview of the Liturgy


Course Descriptions

Equality and Religious Freedom

Course No: SP801
Presenter: Jean-Luc Padley

A growing number of social issues are challenging freedom of religious belief and expression in Canada these days. What rights and responsibilities do Catholics have with respect to these issues?

Come and learn how to respond to difficult questions without raising your voice. Topics to be covered are issues such as same-sex marriage, the Canada Summer Jobs program attestation, assisted suicide referral, the Knight of Columbus hall rental, Bill C-16 and Human Rights Codes, the Trinity Western University Law School and more based on the social issues you might bring to discuss.

Jean-Luc Padley is from Catholic Voices Academy. He is a graduate student from Trinity Western University Counselling program – Marriage and Family Therapy.


Walk With Me: How To Journey With Young People

Course No: SP802
Presenter: Erwin Fung & Clayton Imoo

Youth ministry and PREP are more about people and not programs. We should be more interested in souls than attendance. Come to this workshop to learn how to engage young people on their faith journey. The more that we engage our young people, the more vibrant our parishes become.

Erwin Fung, Coordinator and Clayton Imoo, Associate Director from the Ministries and Outreach Office of the Archdiocese of Vancouver.


Celebrating Our Giftedness: A Partnership in Proclaiming the Good News

Course No: SP803
Presenter: Emil Canlas

Each of us is created in the image and likeness of God, endowed with potentials and competences. How are we sharing these gifts?  Are we aware of the gifts God has given us? During this course we will take an introspective look at ourselves as God has made us and the giftedness he has given us. From there we will be able to go forth more aware and better equipped to use these gifts as a means of building a strong Christian community.

Emil Canlas (PhD Educational Management, MA Christian Formation Education) is the Director of Education Leadership Program and Associate Registrar at St. Mark’s College.


Overview of the Liturgy

Course No: SP804
Presenter: Leanne Penco and Bishop David Monroe

This course offers a basic understanding of liturgy and the Mass. How do we get the Mass that we know today? When should we bow and genuflect? Is there any significance to the liturgical colours? Come and learn about the richness of the Mass, including the ‘why’ behind some of the things we do, the history and development of our liturgy, the importance of music, as well as the vestments and sacred vessels. We conclude with Mass which the participants help to prepare.

Leanne Penco is the Liturgy of the Word with Children (LWC) Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Bishop Emeritus David Monroe was Bishop of Kamloops from 2002-2016.


Basics of the Faith – Part II 

Course No: SP805
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 St. John the Apostle in Vancouver. Madonna House is a Catholic community dedicated to poverty, prayer and hospitality.

Children and Prayer

Course No: SP806
Presenter: Murita Chua
Full Day

This course is designed to help catechists lead their students to an appreciation of the centrality of the Eucharist and the importance of prayer in our lives. There will be opportunities to participate in prayer and plan prayer experiences using a variety of resources. Ideas and guidelines to prepare children for First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation will be discussed.

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


Adult Catechesis – Part II

Course No: SP807
Presenter: Jody Garneau

This course explores practical methods for communicating the Catholic Faith to adults, Learn how to prepare a session and utilize art, music, personal testimony, and group discussion in order to foster effective catechesis.

Jody Garneau is the Adult Faith Formation and RCIA coordinator at St. Ann’s Parish, Abbotsford, a position she has held for the past 6 years.


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Spring 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 April 10, 2018 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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