Added on 15/02/2014
Celebrations in Braemor Park
Next Monday the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Divinity Hostel in Braemor Park, Churchtown, will be marked with a Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving in the Chapel of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute. The Archbishops of Armagh and Dublin will preside and the address will be given by the Revd Dr David Hewlett, Principal of Queen’s College, Birmingham, and Lecturer in Systemic Theology in the Church of Ireland Theological College from 1986 until 1990. Among the guests will be clergy who were ordinands in the Hostel in 1964.
The Church of Ireland opened a hostel for students in the Divinity School of Trinity College in Mountjoy Square in 1913 and generations of ordinands lived and were trained there while they pursued their academic studies in Trinity. However, by the 1960s, there was a perceived need for more modern accommodation and Fetherstonhaugh House, the convalescent home of the Adelaide Hospital, was acquired for this purpose. The building was adapted and a new residential block added to designs of the architect Ian Roberts. This was the facility which was officially opened by the then Archbishop of Armagh, Dr James McCann on 17 February 1964 when the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr George Simms, dedicated the new chapel.
In 1969 the Representative Church Body Library moved to the Hostel site where it was developed more specifically as a facility for those in training for ministry. Following the retirement of Canon John Brown as Warden in 1980 the Hostel was redefined as the Church of Ireland Theological College and Canon Jim Hartin was appointed as Principal. More recently, in 2008, the Theological College was transformed into the Church of Ireland Theological Institute with Revd Dr Maurice Elliott as Director. Throughout these changes of site and designation the bishops have remained as the guiding forced behind training for the ministry.
More details on the development of the Divinity Hostel may be had from the RCB Library’s ‘Archive of the Month’ at www.ireland.anglican.org/library/archive and more information on the Theological Institute may be had at www.theologicalinstitute.ie
This afternoon (Saturday) in Holy Trinity church, Dunfanaghy, the Bishop of Derry & Raphoe will institute the Revd David McDonnell as rector of the parishes of Dunfanaghy, Tullaghobegley and Raymunterdoney in Co. Donegal. Mr McDonnell has been curate in the Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, group of parishes since his ordination in 2009.
Tomorrow (Sunday) morning at the 10.45am Choral Eucharist in the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin, the series of addresses on the Golden Rule (‘Do to others as you would have them do to you’) will, continue. The speaker will be Dr Jude Lal Fernando from the Irish School of Ecumenics who will talk about how the Golden Rule is understood and applied in Buddhism.
In St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh, at 4.15pm Donal McCann, a student at the Methodist College, Belfast, will give the next recital in the Dean Herbert Cassidy Memorial Recital Series.
Over the past few weeks the parishioners of St Macartin’s cathedral, Enniskillen, have been voting for their favourite hymns and the results will be will be revealed tomorrow (Sunday) at a special evening service at 7.00pm in the cathedral, conducted by the Dean, the Very Revd Kenneth Hall.
On Monday at lunchtime in St Anne’s cathedral the Primate will launch a new Lent book by the Dean of Belfast, the Very Revd John Mann. Lent with John’s Gospel has been published by Columba Press.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’