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12 ordinands commissioned as student readers in CITI
Added on Wednesday 21st January 2015

21-01-2015

Twelve student ordinands have been commissioned as student readers in the chapel of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute by the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson.

Philip Bryson (Connor), Jonathan McFarland (Connor), Peter Munce (Connor), Rebecca Guildea (Dublin and Glendalough), Danielle McCullagh (Connor), Stuart Moles (Connor), Geoff Hamilton (Down and Dromore), Nigel Cairns (Derry and Raphoe), Simom Scott (Dublin and Glendalough), Mark Gallagher (Armagh), Lucy Burden (Connor) and Chris St John (Down and Dromore) were commissioned during the Community Eucharist in the Institute Chapel.

In his sermon, Archbishop Jackson said it was important that people be commissioned to serve, challenge, obey and experiment in and from tradition in a spirit of holiness and dynamic of grace.

He focused on the word ‘Commissioning’. “Commissioning is an interesting word to unpick. Co–Mission–ing seem to me to express the three parts of this word and these parts draw us into the idea of sending and being sent out together with others. Connection and commitment are vital to this understanding of discipleship and ministry. And mission, therefore, forms the core of ministry,” he said.

He also said that mission had to be aggressive – not in the modern sense of the word but meaning that it had to be active in going towards those who are different from us.

“We have let the word: aggressive fall around our feet; we have used it to divide ourselves from others but this is not the primary or indeed best use of this word. It is for this reason that we need an active and not a passive understanding of mission and it is to this purpose that you are all being missioned together (commissioned) this evening by God, in this community and for the communities in which you will serve and work on any and every part–time basis,” Archbishop Jackson stated.

Photo caption: The Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Michael Jackson (centre), the Director of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, the Revd Dr Maurice Elliott (left) and CITI lecturers the Revd Dr Paddy McGlinchey and Revd Canon Patrick Comerford (right) with the 12 student ordinands who were commissioned as student readers: Philip Bryson (Connor), Jonathan McFarland (Connor), Peter Munce (Connor), Rebecca Guildea (Dublin and Glendalough), Danielle McCullagh (Connor), Stuart Moles (Connor), Geoff Hamilton (Down and Dromore), Nigel Cairns (Derry and Raphoe), Simom Scott (Dublin and Glendalough), Mark Gallagher (Armagh), Lucy Burden (Connor), and Chris St John (Down and Dromore)