Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of April 7, 2003
Tiny College plans to expand
By RENATO GANDIA
"We have seen students grow incredibly in their faith."
- Tom Hamel
Hamel thinks that's a very important thing and a unique dimension about RPC.
RPC's mission is to train dynamic Catholic leaders - dynamic in that they are people who are alive in Jesus Christ.
To ensure students get a good grounding in Catholic practice and teaching while earning their degree, RPC features a vibrant Catholic student life program.
That program is built around the college's integrating seminars. All students attend these seminars, which present the Catholic faith as the integrating principle of their education.
"Our goal is that students will know Jesus Christ personally and that they will know and love the Church as well," Hamel said.
Students take courses at both RPC and TWU.
"We have seen students grow incredibly in their faith. That's the most exciting part of my job, to see these Catholic students become alive in their faith and understanding," he said.
The college is also proud of its professors, 70 per cent of whom are converts to Catholicism.
Diane Hamel, who organizes social activities for the students, said, "A lot of students are from far away, so they really appreciate the family feeling."
The building is an old farmhouse, so it's very much like home, she said.
They ensure students have time for personal faith sharing, Bible studies and retreats among others. They also have student dinners, regular Mass, Confession and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament once a week.
Kristi Panchuk, former student and now RPC's admission counsellor, said, "Because RPC is so young, when you have an idea, you have a lot of support for your idea. But you're also responsible to carry it forward. In that way, any student who is at RPC becomes a leader."
Panchuk said students who thought they could never be leaders develop their leadership skills at RPC.
For more information visit www.rpcollege.bc.ca or call (604) 888-7727.
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