Quebec City - Thirteen men and women from the Anglican Church of Canada, together with 45 others from the Episcopal Church in the United States, have returned to school classes here for the next two weeks before leaving for missionary posts in India, Africa and the West Indies.
The missionary orientation course, which began over the weekend, does not offer theological instruction or evangelistic training, but instead, attempts to help the missionary to adapt himself to the unfamiliar culture he will face in his new job. Further on-the-spot training is given missionaries when they arrive in the countries in which they will work.
Of the Canadians in the program, 11 are laymen and women who will spend the next two years overseas as instructors in schools and hospitals, nurses and developers of community programs. The other two are clergy, one who will work as a youth director and the other as an evangelist.
The school is being conducted at La Maison de Montmorency, a French-speaking Dominican conference centre. Rev. David J. Woeller, director of missionary personnel and training, said the centre was chosen because it afforded the English-speaking missionaries a foretaste of an unfamiliar culture.
The missionaries have progressed through a long and involved selection process which began last year. The "model missionary" is one who is bright and able to reason both deductively and inductively, is able to work in unknown situations, control his prejudices and who will not simply walk a tight line to please everyone but who will work for change, Mr. Woeller said.
The Canadians attending the school are:
Rev. John Erb of Toronto, who will be director of diocesan youth activities in Georgetown, Guyana. He will be responsible for a settlement centre which includes meeting rooms, a library and dormitory facilities. He is to find a successor from among the island's native peoples to take over his job within three years.
Rev. John Rye, a clergyman in Oakville for nine years, who will work in the interior of Ghana. He will be part of a team ministry in Bolgatanga, a largely Muslim area in which the language has not yet been set down in writing.
Miss Arlene Davis, a registered nurse from Wellesley Hospital, Toronto, who has been appointed a nurse in a 120-bed hospital in Mvumi in Tanzania.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert MacKay of Vancouver, who will teach school at Tanzania. Mr. MacKay, a secondary school teacher, will instruct in English and physical education at a boy's school and Mrs. MacKay, who received a home economics degree at the University of British Columbia this year, will teach that subject.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Webster of Winnipeg, who will travel to Jamaica. Mr. Webster will be director of youth activities in the diocese, developing programs and camping facilities. His wife will assist.
Miss Gwynneth Evans, a Stratford (Ontario) Collegiate Institute teacher of English, French and German, will teach English as a second language at Bishop Tucker School in Uganda. The college is a training school for candidates for the ministry.
Miss Frances Thompson of Winnipeg, will be a nursing instructor at Maseno Hospital, Kenya. Miss Thompson was a nursing instructor in the Crossroads Africa program last summer and has worked at Winnipeg General Hospital. She is the third Canadian to serve at the hospital, following Dr. and Mrs. Morley Smith of Toronto.
Miss Elizabeth Rolfe, a recent graduate of the faculty of education of the University of British Columbia, will teach English at a girls' school in Amritsar.
Miss Patricia Wood, a native of Trail, B.C., and a graduate of the Sorrento Lay Training Centre in British Columbia, has been assigned as staff nurse at Maple Leaf Hospital in Kangra, Punjab, India.
Miss Donna Merritt of Gormley, Ontario, and Miss Suzanne Parkin of Brampton, will also be nurses overseas. They will be posted to hospitals in Kenya.