It was noted that the sum of $4,000 requested for each of the years 1968 and 1969 is to cover the expenses of the Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination, of which there is at present only one, in the Province of Rupert's Land. Should other Provinces set up an Advisory Committee, the expenses will be met out of the $4,000 budget. However, the other Provinces are awaiting the results of the Committee in Rupert's Land before deciding to set up similar structures.
In response to the question of the period at which postulants should appear before the Advisory Committee, the view was expressed that it should be as soon as possible after a Bishop first entertains the request of a man to become a postulant. Such a man would then appear before the Advisory Committee at various intervals during his training.
That the National Executive Council request the Budget Committee to make available for the work of the Committee on Theological Education a sum not exceeding $4,000 in 1968 and $4,000 in 1969. CARRIED
The General Secretary presented the following resolution from the Executive of the Department:
"That this Executive Committee of the Department of Christian Social Service desires to express to the appropriate Church courts and committees (eg. National Executive Council, Committee on Theological Education, MSCC, Program Planning and Research, Anglican World Mission Committee) its conviction that the need for a national policy concerning the training, retraining, and deployment of manpower is vitally urgent and should be given a high priority in any steps being taken to bring about renewal within the Church,
And that the General Secretary be requested to send a copy of this resolution to the appropriate bodies and to the Diocesan Bishops."
It was noted that the latter action had been taken.
4. From Canon A.H. Davis reporting the appointment of a Candidates Secretary and requesting the Secretary to notify the three Dioceses each of whom had promised to pay $2,000 a year for three years towards his salary (Cornwall Minutes). The Secretary reported that he had written to the three Bishops of the Dioceses concerned (Toronto, Huron and Niagara) and that Canon Davis had reported receiving payments from two and a promise from the other.
"That we receive the information re the three Dioceses with an expression of sincere gratitude to the Dioceses concerned." CARRIED
The Bishop of Huron presented a Report of the Committee which had been charged with working out a Plan for the manning of vacant missionary parishes. There was a long discussion on the various recommendations and eventually it centred around the position of a Candidates Secretary which had been authorized, but M.S.C.C. had no available funds with which to pay the person appointed.
That the Report of the Episcopal Sub-Committee of M.S.C.C., charged with working out a plan for the manning of vacant parishes in the Canadian Missionary dioceses be now received. CARRIED.
The Archbishop of Algoma then moved, seconded by the Bishop of Niagara:
That the sixth recommendation of the Committee of Bishops re the manning of vacant parishes in Canadian Missionary Dioceses be the first business before the House when it meets to-morrow Sept. 30th 1961. CARRIED
The business of the Candidates Secretary for the M.S.C.C. was then brought before the House.
Having heard with appreciation of the generosity of three dioceses wishing to remain anonymous, to provide a sum of $6,000 annually for a period of three years by way of experiment, this House requests the M.S.C.C. to go forward to the appointment of a "Candidates Secretary." CARRIED.