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Added on 02/03/2013


Saturday 2 March 2013

Training in CITI
‘Fit for the Purpose’, the sixth cycle of the Foundation Access Course begins this weekend at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute in Braemor Park, Dublin. There are 34 candidates attending this fifteen month course. Dr. Christina Baxter, former Principal of St John’s College, Nottingham, and the Revd Dr. Maurice Elliott, Director of CITI, will be facilitating the weekend. Also in attendance will the Revd Dr. David Hilborn, Principal of St. John’s College, Nottingham and the Revd Dr. Andy Angel, Director of Extension Studies.

The Foundation Course is a mandatory step for those contemplating ordination but may also be available to others who wish to broaden their theological knowledge. However, access to the course is via local rectors and diocesan directors of ordination. At present there are 27 ordinands in full time training (eleven in first year, nine in second year and seven who have been ordained as intern deacons) and 22 in part time training. All those in full time training have proceeded to CITI having satisfactorily completed the Foundation Course.

Next weekend there will be a study weekend for the part–time M Th students and transferring NSMs, 22 in total. The main focus of the weekend will be further engagement with the topic of church leadership which will be facilitated by Dr Maurice Elliott.

Tomorrow (Sunday) morning in St Canice’s cathedral, Kilkenny, the congregation will be swelled by the attendance of members of the Past Pupils Union of Kilkenny College and Celbridge College. In the afternoon in St Canice’s, at 3.30pm, Phyllis Grothier will be commissioned by the Archbishop of Armagh as All Ireland President of the Mothers’ Union. The Commissioning Eucharist will be celebrated b y the Bishop of Cashel & Ossory. Mrs Grothier, from Fenagh parish, Co. Carlow, has been Diocesan President of the MU for the past number of years.

In Magorban church, Co. Tipperary, tomorrow (Sunday) at 12.30pm, the Dean of Cashel, Dr Philip Knowles, will preside at a service which will be followed by the annual Famine Lunch, at which the speaker will be Roberto Samson, a youth care worker from Dublin’s inner city.

For those who are inclined to venture further afield the Seminar on the History of Libraries, which is held in University of London Senate House in Malet Street, will, next Tuesday, have a Church of Ireland dimension. Dr Paddy Bullard from the University of Kent, will speak on ‘What Jonathan Swift did in libraries’.

Next week the round of Lenten meetings continues. Tomorrow (Sunday) morning the Lenten preacher in the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin,  will the TCD economist and senator, Professor Sean Barrett, who will reflect on Ireland’s social and economic crisis. On Tuesday the Bishop of Connor will preside at a Lenten Service in St John the Baptist’s church, Bushmills, on the theme of the Ministry of Healing, while in Rathfarnham Parish Centre the first in a series of Lenten Studies, entitled ‘Approaches to Faith’ will be held at 8.15pm when C. Jonathan Pim and Gilliam Armstrong will speak about the Religious Society of Friends. On Thursday evening in the Cassandra Hand Centre, Clones, the ‘Meeting God in Books’ Lenten talk will feature The Decisive Hour of Christian Mission by John R. Mott. The speaker will be Canon Ian Ellis, editor of the Church of Ireland Gazette.

Next Wednesday at 5.15pm in the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin, there will be an Act of Remembrance and Thanksgiving in memory of those who have donated their remains to the College’s Anatomy Department.


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