Training for ministry in the Church of Ireland, 1969 – 2019

IN THE CONTEXT of the 150th anniversary of the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland, I contributed an essay on theological training in the Church to the book Irish Anglicanism 1969 – 2019 published last year. Having no first-hand knowledge of the work of the Theological College before being appointed to the review team set up by the House of Bishops in 2002, I focused almost exclusively in this essay on the period from 2005 to 2019, making only brief reference to the earlier years.

My emphasis on the later period may have given the impression that developments in theological training in the College prior to the millennium were less significant. This was not the case, and I apologise for not mentioning the considerable contribution made by successive principals and staff of CITC to the training of ordinands between 1969 and 2005. In what follows I will try to address the issue of theological formation in the Church of Ireland for the period from 1969 – 2009, with thanks for considerable help from some of those who were closely involved with the College during that time.1