Latest news from the Church of Ireland Theological Institute Latest news from the Church of Ireland Theological Institute en-gb rtCMS Appointment of Lecturer in Anglicanism and Liturgy BNThe Church of Ireland Theological Institute (CITI) is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Bridget Nichols to the post of Lecturer in Anglicanism and Liturgy.

Dr Nichols completed undergraduate and graduate studies in South Africa and has a doctorate in Literature and Theology from the University of Durham. She has lectured at the University of Durham and the University of Sunderland and has been a Visiting Scholar at Sarum College, Salisbury. Current research interests include psalter collects and the nature of liturgical language. Dr Nichols has served as chaplain to the Bishop of Ely and as a member of the Ely Diocesan Vocations Advisers’ Team, and writes a column on the weekly Sunday readings for Church Times.

The Rev Canon Dr Maurice Elliott, Director of CITI, said: ‘CITI is delighted to welcome Dr Bridget Nichols to the staff faculty team. She is a person of rich ecclesial experience and high academic pedigree. I have no doubt that both the ordinands in training and indeed the wider church will benefit greatly from her wisdom and her warmth.’

The Most Rev Dr Michael Jackson, Chairperson of the CITI Governing Council, said: ‘I am delighted that Dr Bridget Nichols has been appointed to the staff of CITI as Lecturer in Anglicanism and Liturgy. Dr Nichols has a broad range of research pertinent to this post. She will add her talents to a hard working staff team in CITI and will be able to take her place in the Theology Department of the University of Dublin, Trinity College. I wish her well as she comes to live and work among us.’

Dr Nichols will take up her post towards the end of July 2017.


Thu, 01 January 1970 01:00:00 GMT Rhiannon Carey Bates
Twenty–five year reunion at CITI Reunion 25 years 

Celebrating their twenty–fifth year since ordination are (L–R): Andrew Orr, Maurice Elliott, George Davison, William Deverell, John Auchmuti, Rupert Morton, Susan Green and Andrew Forster. The celebration was led by Canon John Bartlett (front row), former principal, and followed by a meal in Bijou, Rathgar.

Thu, 01 January 1970 01:00:00 GMT Rhiannon Carey Bates
Ferns Diocesan Ecumenical Society Outing at the Institute

Pictured are members of the Ferns Diocesan Ecumenical Society, who visited the Institute on 22 June 2017, as part of their summer outing. Canon Arthur Minion and Fr James Murphy led the group. Dr Katie Heffelfinger and Rev Dr Paddy McFlinchey welcomed the group on behalf of CITI. 

Thu, 01 January 1970 01:00:00 GMT Rhiannon Carey Bates
Farwell gift presented to Professor Alan Hibbert

The Right Rev John McDowell presented a farewell gift to Professor Alan Hibbert at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute. Professor Hibbert has been a member of the Management Committee since 2010. Pictured is Bishop McDowell, Professor Hibbert and Rev Dr Elliott.

Thu, 01 January 1970 01:00:00 GMT Rhiannon Carey Bates
Edgehill & CITI integrative seminar

(Staff & students at Edgehill)

On 15–16 May 2017, the staff and students of CITI joined with their Methodist counterparts at Edgehill Theological College, Belfast for a combined “Integrative Seminar”. It was great to meet, worship and spend time with those training for ministry in the Methodist church – to grow friendships and learn from one another. Taking its cue from the prophet Jeremiah’s letter to those living in exile (Jer 29:7), the theme for this year was “Seeking the Welfare of the City: The Challenges of Urban Ministry”.

tuesday panel speaker

(Tuesday’s panel speakers)

Over the course of two days we heard from a variety of speakers on the challenges which face Christian ministry in Belfast in the 21st century: economic, social, political and spiritual. Yet among the challenges lay opportunities to reach out and ‘incarnate’ the love of God. I was particularly struck by Glenn Jordan, the former director of the Skainos Project, who reflected on Isaiah’s message to the returning exiles from Babylon to rebuild the city of Jerusalem. He urged us to exercise a similar prophetic imagination. We should be people who know our past to speak into the present and so cast a vision for others of what the future might hold.

Glenn Jordan

(Glenn Jordan’s presentation)

In addition to the invited speakers, time and space was given to have a ‘personal encounter’ with the city of Belfast. The ‘Passion Walk’ incorporated a retelling of the story of Christ’s passion while we walked through the hustle and bustle of city centre streets and then beyond out to the Titanic Quarter. As we reached the end of the Quay and had to turn around to look back to the city itself the crucifixion scene was recounted. Inhabiting this moment, hearing again of how Jesus was taken outside the city walls of Jerusalem to where his love ran red, was both profound and poignant.

passion walk

(Derek, David, Johnny and Jonathan on the Passion Walk)

Belfast has such a chequered history and legacy, from the proud achievements of its shipbuilding past through to the gritty reality of urban poverty evident in the inner city. In the end, the Seminar has left me with both a question and the foundation of an answer. ‘How might the presence of the crucified and risen Jesus be brought to such a city?’ Ultimately, it is about sharing the hope we have within because of the love that first found us. To seek the welfare of the city means to display love–in–action, even if that means that we too will be cast away outside the city walls.

By Jonathan Brown, CITI student.


captain johnny        lucy  

(Captain Johnny)                             (Lucy and Speaker 1)


(Edgehill Chapel)



Thu, 01 January 1970 01:00:00 GMT Andrew Topping
Emma Carson’s placement in Hong Kong I recently had the opportunity to travel Hong Kong for a three–week placement. Facilitated through DUFEM (Dublin University Far Eastern Mission), Ming Hua Theological College and CITI, this placement proved to be a wonderful and exciting learning experience.
As well as attending some classes at Ming Hua, I spent time at St John’s Cathedral in the Diocese of Hong Kong Island and in St Philip’s in the Diocese of Western Kowloon. I also had the opportunity to preach at All Saints Cathedral in Mong Kok and visit many local churches, and outreach programmes throughout Hong Kong.
I attended several services at St John’s and visited various projects and missional outreach projects which it runs. One of the programmes I was able to spend time in, was H.E.L.P for Domestic Workers (Help Empowerment Legal Protection). H.E.L.P exists to empower the many foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong and provides assistance and advice on the workers’ legal rights.
In addition to this, I was able to visit the Missionary Area of Macau. The first Protestant missionary to China, Rev Dr Robert Morrison, landed on Macau in September 1807. In 1941, the first woman to be ordained an Anglican priest, Florence Li Tim–Oi, was licensed by Bishop Ronald. Macau today is very different with its Portuguese architecture, tourists and casinos. I had the opportunity to visit St Paul’s Church which is within the school it serves. I was also able to visit the Diocese’s Social Services project which provides numerous support services to the local community.
It was incredibly interesting to meet with a number of clergy, both Chinese and Western, and discuss the similarities and differences between ministry in Asia and in Ireland. I was able to enjoy some of the sights and see what Hong Kong has to offer. My placement was certainly very interesting and rewarding and definitely quite an adventure!

Emma Carson       St John's cathedral

Emma Carson with Rev                                                  St John’s Cathedral

Cindy Kwok at All Saints Cathedral              


















Emma Carson with Rev Cindy Kwok at All Saints Cathedral

Thu, 01 January 1970 01:00:00 GMT Rhiannon Carey Bates
Upcoming Events 12–14 May: Part–time weekend

15–16 May: Integrated seminar in conjunction with Edgehill

18 May: End of year BBQ

Thu, 01 January 1970 01:00:00 GMT Rhiannon Carey Bates
CITI holds evensong at Trinity followed by Commons At the end of the second semester, CITI staff and students held their evening worship at Trinity College Chapel. They were joined by Chaplain Steve Brunn. Afterwards all attended Commons in Trinity College dining hall.

evening prayer



Maurice Elliott, Ian Mills, Steve Brunn, Sean Hanily, David Moses

evening prayer




David Moses with Sean Hanily

Thu, 01 January 1970 01:00:00 GMT Rhiannon Carey Bates
Downes Oratory Prize On Wednesday 5 April, the Downes extemporary speaking competition was held in the Jenkins room. The motion for the evening’s debate was as follows:

‘This house believes that an era of ‘fake news’ is bad news for the mission of the church.’

The winners of the debate were Emma Carson (first year), Andrew Irwin (second year) and Mark Gallagher (third year).

It was adjudicated by Dr Katie Heffelfinger and Revd Canon Patrick Comerford.


downes winners

Dr Maurice Elliott with Emma Carson, Mark Gallagher and Andrew Irwin

Thu, 01 January 1970 01:00:00 GMT Rhiannon Carey Bates
Book Launch at CITI  Launch of Dr Patrick McGlinchey’s book, Ratzinger’s Augustinianism and Evangelicalism: An Exploration in Ecumenical Rapprochement (Studies in Christian History and Thought) (Paternoster, 2017)

On Wednesday 5 April, in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Revd Professor Stephen N. Williams (Union Theological College, Belfast) launched Dr Patrick McGlinchey monograph Ratzinger’s Augustinianism and Evangelicalism: An Exploration in Ecumenical Rapprochement (Studies in Christian History and Thought). It was a celebratory occasion which was attended by a large audience.

The book is an exploration on whether the theology of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) provides an unexpected bridge to the evangelical tradition. It was described by one reviewer as a ‘refined, critical, and unflinching analysis of the theology of Joseph Ratzinger.’

The book is available through amazon at

Paddy & Prof Williams
Revd Professor Stephen N. Williams & Dr Patrick McGlinchey

Michael Jackson

Archbishop of Dublin, Michael Jackson, CITI student, Graham Jones

& Provost Sammy Wainaina (All Saints’ Cathedral, Nairobi)

Maurice & ci

Revd Canon Dr Maurice Elliott (Director of CITI), Provost Sammy Wainaina

& Louise Girthire (All Saints’ Cathedral, Nairobi) & Dr Patrick McGlinchey


paddy's launch

Provost Sammy Wainaina (All Saints’ Cathedral, Nairobi)

with Revd Canon Patrick Comerford

paddy's book launch

Provost Sammy Wainaina, CITI student William Geoffrey & Louise Girthire





Thu, 01 January 1970 01:00:00 GMT Rhiannon Carey Bates