Welcome to the Church of Ireland Theological Institute (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2011)
The Church of Ireland notes in The Irish Times today [Saturday, 24 September 2011] opens with the following news item:
Next Monday lecture term begins in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute.
There will be 17 ordinands in full-time training in years one and two of a three year course and a further 13 ordinands are in part time training. The third year students, of whom there are 17, are being ordained as deacon interns and will spend a year dividing their time between working in a parish and continuing their studies in the institute.
In addition to those who have been selected for ministerial training a further 30 students are involved in the Foundation Year programme, the successful completion of which is an essential prerequisite to selection for training.
The institute’s teaching staff is unchanged although there has been some re–allocation of responsibilities. The Director is the Revd Dr Maurice Elliott and he is assisted by Canon Patrick Comerford who teaches Anglicanism and liturgy, Dr Katie Heffelfinger who lectures in biblical studies and hermeneutics, the Rev Patrick McGlinchey, par- time lecturer in missology, and the Revd Ted Woods who is the part time MTh internship co–ordinator. In addition teaching is provided by staff from TCD and the ISE and by visiting lecturers.
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