The Bishop Coadjutor of Toronto presented the Report of the Committee on Training Older Men for the Ministry, Section H.
That the Report of the Committee on Training Older Men for Ministry Section H., be received. CARRIED.
Bishop Snell outlined the Recommendations in the Report:--
If it is agreed that there is a place in the ministry for "older men" then we should be prepared to undertake their training. A night school plan seems to be the most realistic way of tackling the problem.
It is also desirable to have a common standard for the whole of Canada. Therefore we urge that a competent committee draw up a curriculum based on two years of night school during which eight units of study will be taken. Then the successful candidates shall be required to attend full-time for an additional year, preferably of nine months duration.
Further, that a testing of a man's suitability to undertake the course be given along the lines of C.A.C.T.M. [Central Advisory Council for the Ministry]
That where a night school is not feasible, the same courses shall be taken under the direction of a parish priest acceptable to the Bishop, or under the direction of the staff of the provincial college.
That consideration be given to having one college for each Ecclesiastical Province used for the final year's training.
That special care should be taken in the post-ordination training of such men. That the Pension Committee be consulted. It might be necessary to limit the upper age so that ordination would take place prior to age 50.
This House of Bishops desires to place on record the gratitude of every member for the privilege of attending this Conference and to the Primate for his guidance and understanding and for the inspiration imparted to us as he shared with us his thoughts and aspirations for our beloved Church. We assure him of our prayers and ask God's blessing on him in the discharge of his duties among us. CARRIED.
That this General Synod express to the Most Reverend John Dixon, Archbishop of Montreal and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada our good wishes on his retirement, and our gratitude for his service to The Anglican Church of Canada during over fifty years in the ministry, more than nineteen of which have been spent in the episcopate. This Synod, recognizing and appreciating his leadership as Chairman for ten years of the Reunion Committee and for fifteen years as Chairman of the Pension Board and his valuable contribution for Vice-Chairman of the Budget Committee, prays God's richest blessing on him in his retirement. CARRIED by unanimous acclamation in both Houses.