Vancouver College Alumni Lit Choir

This project started in 2015, when Mikey Jose (‘15) composed a song to represent one of the Essential Elements. Under the direction of Mrs Lilian Vernier, Vancouver College Alumni from the Liturgy Choir came together to continue the journey of creating songs that capture the Essential Elements.

All the songs have been composed, produced, recorded, and illustrated by these alumni over the course of four years. Our goal is to share this labour of love with other Christian Brother Schools and to use any proceeds to support VC’s Faith In Action outreach projects.

Written and Produced: Mikey Jose ('15) and Nicolas Varelas ('15)
Cover Illustrator: Jay Castro ('10)


  • Shout
  • #1 Evangelize Youth Within the Mission of the Church
    Soloists: Mikey Jose ('15), Mari Narciso ('15)

    • proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and deed
    • permeate the entire curriculum, the activities, and all other aspects of education with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ
    • encourage young people to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ
    • provide opportunities for liturgies, retreats, vocation awareness workshops, and daily prayer
  • We Believe
  • #2 Proclaim and Witness to its Catholic Identity
    Soloists: Andrew Trasolini ('12), Mari Narciso ('15), Nicholas Varelas ('15)

    • give priority to religious instruction with opportunities for faith formation and theological understanding
    • participate in the sacramental life of the Church and models a living faith through the prominent use of rituals and symbols
    • foster devotion to Mary and the communion of saints
    • ensures that Catholic identity permeates all endeavours, all classes and activities, procedures and policies, services and programs
  • Brighter Days
  • #3 Stand in Solidarity with Those Marginalized by Poverty and Injustice
    Soloists: Mari Narciso ('15), Mikey Jose ('15)

    • promote policies and structures that reflect a climate of compassion for the disadvantaged
    • include education and advocacy for peace, justice, global awareness, and care for the earth
    • prepare students to work towards the creation of a just society
    • encourage ministries that work with and serve the poor and marginalized
    • support mission areas at home and abroad
    • establish tuition and scholarship policies that open its education to the poor and disadvantaged
  • Together
  • #4 Foster and Invigorate a Community of Faith
    Soloists: Andrew Trasolini ('12), Matt Greidanus ('14)

    • provide a disciplined, safe atmosphere in which students are free to grow and to take responsibility for their own learning and for the life of the community
    • sustain compassionate, respectful relationships among all stakeholders
    • encourage faculty and staff to give daily witness to their integral role in communal faith formation
    • embrace the human condition and welcome God’s healing
  • Worthy
  • #5 Celebrate the Value and Dignity of Each Person and Nurture the Development of the Whole Person
    Soloist: Miles Jaques ('14)

    • promote respect for each individual as created in the image and likeness of God
    • value the diversity of the human family and seek to reflect local diversity among the students, faculty, and staff
    • promote strong programs of personal, professional, and pastoral care
    • offer co-curricular activities and programs that are important to students’ holistic education.
    • strive to provide just remuneration for faculty and staff
  • Brick by Brick
  • #6 Call for Collaboration and Shared Responsibility in Its Mission
    Soloists: Mikey Jose ('15), Matt Greidanus ('14)

    • empower all members of the community to share in the mission
    • work with parents who are the primary educators
    • collaborate with Edmund Rice Christian Brother ministries on local, national, and international levels
    • foster a deeper understanding of the vision of Blessed Edmund Rice
    • promote active participation in governance by boards and diocesan officials
  • Gift
  • #7 Pursue Excellence in All Its Endeavours
    Soloists: Miles Jaques ('14), Mikey Jose ('15)

    • promote a strong academic curriculum and cultivate a desire for excellence
    • develop an educational culture that fosters the growth of the whole person, higher-order thinking, and lifelong learning

Bagpipes: Thomas Nichini ('13)

If you'd like access to the songs' score please email Lilian Vernier at