In 1917, a dream became reality in the vast prairie lands of Saskatchewan. Archbishop O.E. Mathieu saw the potential for a post-secondary Catholic institution in Regina despite some opposition and doubt. After being declined by three religious orders, Archbishop O.E. Mathieu approached the Jesuits and the legacy of Campion College began. Built on a mission to form people for others, Campion College celebrates a century of rich history that proudly upholds the values of Jesuit education.
Throughout his life, Saint Edmund Campion dedicated himself to the tradition of the Jesuits: Ad majorem Dei gloriam –for the greater glory of God. Honoring this English martyr, Campion College opened its doors in 1918 with three Jesuits and six students in the basement of Holy Rosary Cathedral. The values promoted by Edmund Campion are still present as one enters the doors to Canada’s only Jesuit undergraduate college. The Jesuit values were instilled in the young men of Regina’s Campion High School and have continued to guide the students of Campion College, Canada’s only Jesuit undergraduate College.
A century of forming people for others has left a legacy. A legacy that has been created by alumni who lead lives committed to going beyond excellence, as leaders in society, standing for justice, and pursuing a balanced life.
Doug McKillop, one of four Alumni of Distinction award recipients of 2017, reflects:
Campion was a huge influence on my life for eight important years, foundational years, years during which beliefs were formed, values were cemented, and personal habits were developed. So Campion had a huge influence on who I am as a person. But what is Campion, what is any organization or institution, but a collection of people.
Campion’s influence, however, did not end in 1976 upon his graduation from university. Both the values and people continue to be important in McKillop’s life in his work as a Fellow Chartered Accountant. When dealing with times of hardship, McKillop shares:
We would always go back to the things we learned at Campion: what is the right thing to do here, what is consistent with our values, what action is going to provide the greatest benefit to all impacted by this event or decision. And tried to pass on to our children the thought process and the values instilled at Campion, with the hope that they would pass that on to their children, and continue to expand the reach of Campion teachings to a greater number of people.
To honor the 100th anniversary of Campion College, the Campion community celebrated with a year-long series of events, which culminated with the 100th Anniversary weekend on October 4-8, 2017. The weekend brought together generations of alumni, including those from the original high school through to the graduating college class of 2017. These gatherings revealed the legacy that a century of forming people for others has created: meeting old and new friends at the pub night, browsing yearbooks during the open house, sipping refreshments while wandering the newly renovated campus, and reflecting on the wise words spoken by the award recipients at the Alumni of Distinction Gala. These events brought to life the values of Jesuit education, as attendees commemorated a storied past and shared in the excitement for Campion’s future. The final event of 100th anniversary is a celebratory mass and social on December 1, 2017, on the feast day of Edmund Campion.
In 1917, a dream became reality and 100 years later, that reality has become a legacy built on forming people for others.
See more highlights from our 100th Anniversary events here!