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.
That the Primate be asked to refer to the Metropolitans the implications of H.4 and 5 regarding Training of Older Men for the Ministry, so that appropriate action to carry out recommendations may be taken in the several provinces. CARRIED.
[Text of Report (sections H4 and H5 not included in electronic database.]
Bishop Lackey reminded the House that, at the June 1983 meeting of the House, Archbishop Hambidge, Archbishop Seaborn and he were appointed as a Task Force to study the matter of members of the Canadian Forces who wish to pursue the ordained ministry, and the place of ACPO [Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination].
That the written report be accepted as the working guidelines for the Canadian Forces personnel.
"When ACPO is contemplated for the Canadian Forces personnel, the following guidelines will be observed:
(1) The applicant must be co-sponsored by the Bishop Ordinary and a Diocesan Bishop.
(2) The Diocesan Bishop interviews the candidate and helps provide pastoral support through regular diocesan channels.
(3) If ordination is appropriate, then the Bishop Ordinary, at the request of the Diocesan or with permission of the Diocesan, may ordain.
(4) The ordained person may be considered for employment in the Diocese of the co-sponsoring Diocesan Bishop or until accepted into the Forces.
(5) If Provincial Postulancy is in effect, then this will be considered. CARRIED #3-2-84
The question of financial assistance for ACPO from the Armed Forces was raised.
Mr. Johns presented a list of three Categories for ACPO [Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination] Assessors. The first is unconditional recommendation. The second and third are now worded so that clarity of assessment is indicated for the Bishop's consideration.
.....is recommended at this time for postulancy. We offer the following observations and suggest particular areas of training and experience to be included in the education and training process.
.....is not recommended at this time for postulancy. We offer the following observations and suggest areas of training and personal growth to be undertaken before further assessment by ACPO or other appropriate evaluation is considered.
.....is not recommended at this time for postulancy. We offer the following observations and suggest other areas of ministry and service which may be more appropriate.
That the proposed new categories be accepted. CARRIED #4-2-84
The number of persons assessed by ACPO from 1980 to 1983 was noted, and it was requested that the Bishops take great care in sending candidates to ACPO.
Glasgow and Ayreshire, Scotland and Cape Town, South Africa would seem to be unlikely birth places for Anglican missionaries to Canada's frozen northern landscape. Nevertheless, three of five budding missionaries who this month were awarded scholarships hail from those distant spots.
The awards were the Archbishop Owen Memorial Scholarships which are given to students in the last year of their theological training who have agreed to take up "missionary work either in Canada or overseas." The Chairman of the Committee which makes the annual awards, the Rt. Rev. H.V. Stiff, of Toronto, said that both academic standing and financial need are taken into account in making the annual $500 awards.
James Bell was born and received his early education in Glasgow, Scotland. His varied background is indicated by his educational affiliations, having attended Springburn College of Engineering, Glasgow Bible Training Institute and now Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. Married, with two children, Mr. Bell will be serving in the Diocese of the Arctic, particularly in the Baffin Islands area.
Thomas McQuiston, the other Scot in the group, shares an equally varied background. Born and raised in rural Ayreshire in Scotland it is not strange that he graduated from the West of Scotland Agricultural College with the Scottish Diploma in Horticulture. Mr. McQuiston has been an elder in the Church of Scotland and organist and choir master in Presbyterian, Anglican and Lutheran Churches in Scotland, England and Canada. He now attends the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad in Saskatoon. He and his wife also have two children. They will be working in either the Diocese of Cariboo in British Columbia or the Diocese of Brandon in Manitoba.
Joan Evelyn Ellman, the only woman recipient of this year's scholarships is also studying at the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad and is the other "overseas" native. She was born in Cape Town, South Africa and moved to Canada as a teenager. She has a B.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto and is now in her final year of theological studies at Emmanuel and St. Chad.
Ms. Ellman has committed herself to work in the Diocese of the Yukon which is centred in Yellowknife [sic, i.e. Whitehorse].
James Gordon McCurry is a native of Neepawa, Manitoba and is also now in his final year at the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad. He has been supporting his wife and three children by working during vacation periods as a Greyhound Bus driver!
Previously, Mr. McCurry assisted in the work of Intermountain Christian Guest Homes, supervising St. Luke's House in Grandview, Manitoba. He intends to work in the Diocese of Brandon in northern Manitoba after ordination.
Brock William Lupton, now studying at the Vancouver School of Theology has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia. In addition to his obvious involvement as an organist and choirmaster in several churches, Mr. Lupton has worked as a theological student assistant in parishes in Arvida, Quebec, Cassiar, B.C. and in Vancouver.
A native of Kelowna, B.C., he is married to a registered nurse and they are looking forward eagerly to their work in the Northwest Territories [sic, i.e.Yukon Territory] in the Diocese of the Yukon.
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March 4, 1980
MEMO TO: All recipients of the press release re Anglican Scholarship Awards
FROM: R.J. Berryman, Media Officer
The following is part of a letter sent to the Bishops of the Dioceses of the Yukon and the Arctic concerning a press release on the awarding of the Archbishop Owen Scholarships for 1980.
The press release named Yellowknife as the headquarters of the Diocese of the Yukon and stated that some work in that Diocese took place in the North West Territories:
"What do you say after you say, 'I'm sorry'?"
"I have NO explanation other than we goofed! I know the See City of the Diocese of the Yukon is Whitehorse. I know Yukon and North West are separate Territories."
"I would plead a mental lapse on my part in the midst of a very busy week, but even that does not explain how it got past my secretary who also knows the correct facts. Even when Archdeacon Hilchey, the General Secretary read over the release, he didn't notice my errors. I'm not trying to spread the blame, I'm just saying that it appears one of those gremlins really got us this time."
"At any rate, all I can do is apologize sincerely, and humbly admit I made two horrendous errors. I rejoice only in the fact that you caught them and brought them to my immediate attention. I have sent a quick correction out to all who received the release."
"Mea Culpa - please forgive. Very best personal regards."