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New Academic Year in CITI

This is first weekend of the new academic year at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute.  Eleven students are beginning training in either the full–time or part–time pathways.  The weekend schedule includes a welcome to Trinity College postgraduate programmes, a formal introduction to the MTh professional course, a seminar on ‘Academic Writing Skills’, an induction to the RCB Library and the commencement of the ‘Church Leadership’ module.  Mr Peter Cheney will also facilitate a session for part–time Deacon Interns entitled ‘When the media calls’.

This weekend comes on foot of a successful CITI study tour to Latvia the previous week.  Much of the organisation of this was put in place by Revd Imants Miezis who is currently studying at CITI towards being priested in the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad.  The study tour included learning on the history of inter–church relations in the Baltic region, a meeting with Latvian Anglicans and a visit to the Faculty of Theology of the University of Latvia.

There are 31 students in training for the MTh while in the new Ordained Local Ministry programme there was an intake of 26 for 2018 and 18 for 2019. On the Foundation Access Course, which is a prerequisite for ministerial training, there are 18 persons who started the 13 month course this February. In the lay ministry programme, those training to be Readers, there are 12 persons on the two year course which will be completed next year and there are 12 persons who started this February.

Today (Saturday) the 150th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of St Anne’s cathedral, Belfast, will be celebrated with a variety of events in the cathedral.

Tomorrow (Sunday) at 11am, on RTE 1 television and RTE Radio 1 Extra, a Harvest Thanksgiving service will be broadcast, led by the Very Revd Tim Wright, Dean of Kildare Cathedral, with the Choir of St Brigid’s cathedral, Kildare. In Limerick, at 11.15am, the Patronal and Friends of St Mary’s Cathedral Festival Service will take place. The guest preacher will be Dr Walton Empey, sometime Dean and Bishop of Limerick and Archbishop of Dublin. Following the service there will be lunch, hosted by the Friends to which all are welcome. The AGM of the Friends will take place in the afternoon and this will be followed by Choral Evensong at 3.30pm. Dr Stephen Timpany will begin a new organ recital series in St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh, tomorrow (Sunday) at 4.15pm. Admission is free, with donations to the Choir Fund greatly appreciated.

On Wednesday the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross and four clergy from the Diocese will attend the Festival of Preaching at Christ Church, Oxford.

On Thursday evening at 7.30pm the Bishop of Clogher will institute the Revd Philip Bryson as Rector of the Kilskeery and Trillick Group of parishes in Kilskeery parish church. Mr Bryson, who was ordained in 2015, has been curate of Magheraculmoney since 2016.

The series of lunchtime lectures which highlight recent research on the cathedral in 21st century dictionaries and encyclopedias, continues in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, on Friday. Dr Kerry Houston, Head of Academic Studies at the TUD Conservatory, will speak about the Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland. Choral Compline resumes in Sandford parish church, Ranelagh, at 7pm.

On Friday evening in St Lasarian’s cathedral, Leighlin, the Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Leighlin will ordain Janet Finlay to the diaconate. This will be the first ordination under the new Ordained Local Ministry (OLM) programme in the diocese.