Roman Catholic Chaplain

About the Roman Catholic faith tradition

The faith life of the Catholic community on the campus of the University of British Columbia is diverse in character and expression. Including students, staff and faculty of the UBC community we are both local and international. Our activities seek to support the spiritual life of the university community with a commitment to the dialogue between faith and reason and the promotion of a faith that seeks harmony and justice. 

Catholic chaplaincy activities at UBC include weekday and Sunday liturgies, sacramental preparation and faith study programs for Catholics and for those interested in knowing more about the life of the Church. Ongoing activities include spiritual formation and retreats in the Ignatian tradition, Bible study and Science and Faith discussion groups. Those interested in knowing more about the Catholic Church may wish to consider the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program. For information on ongoing programs we encourage you to visit St. Mark’s chapel and to follow events on our web sites. (see service, events and links below).

In addition to UBC Catholic Chaplaincy activities, the Catholic colleges of Corpus Christi and St. Mark’s provide additional, welcoming spaces of learning and celebration.  

Beliefs in more detail

Roman Catholic core Religious beliefs are summarized in creeds. The following is the Apostles Creed:

We believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born
Of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified,
Died and was buried;
He descended to the dead; on the third day he
Rose again; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at
The right hand of God the Father almighty;
From there he will come to judge the living
And the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy catholic church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen.

See the Nicene Creed for a more expansive version.

"Come and experience different forms of prayer and worship that will deepen your understanding of how God's love and grace are at work in your life."

Chaplain profiles

Father Robert Allore

Fr. Robert Allore S.J.

Trained initially in the life sciences, I am a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and, since 2012, the pastor of St. Marks and the chaplain at UBC. Blessed by a university community of talented and faith-filled students, staff and faculty, the Catholic community at UBC provides a place to grow in faith, wisdom and service. Inspired by the life of the Spirit in our faith community, it is my hope that the university chaplaincy will be a place of welcome where question and challenge, faith, reason and service are nurtured as graces for the journey.  

Roman Catholic Chaplain - Kevin Eng

Kevin Eng, Campus Minister

Kevin’s passion for teaching music and performing became a reality in 2005 when he left his full time job in software development and began teaching, arranging, performing, and directing music full time.  Prior to that year he had been performing as a musician for wedding ceremonies and special events, as a keyboard player in the orchestra for music theatre performances, and in music ministry for St. Paul’s church in Richmond as a piano player for Sunday services and worship leader for youth retreats. Though Kevin is most visible as the music director at St. Mark’s, he also supports a host of other chaplaincy activities at UBC. When not at UBC, Kevin teaches music privately and at the Pacific Life Bible College in Surrey, B.C. 

Kevin Eng’s background

Kevin earned a BSc and an MSc in engineering from the University of Calgary working for a number of years in the field of software development. He received classical training in piano earning an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT) teacher’s diploma.

Scheduled services and events

Monday to Friday Time Location More information
Mid-day Mass 12:10 pm Chapel, St. Mark's College, 5935 Iona Drive Contact Lioba Na
Sundays Time Location More information

9:30 am
11:30 am
7:00 pm *

* during academic year

Chapel, St. Mark's College, 5935 Iona Drive Contact Lioba Na
Second and fourth Tuesday each month (during the academic year) Time Location More information
Faith and Science Discussion Group 7:30 to 9:00 pm Chapel, St. Mark's College, 5935 Iona Drive Contact Lioba Na