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Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Meeting of Training Incumbents of the Diocese in Europe

Canon Monberg with training incumbents Patrick Curran, Mark Collinson and Steve Axtell

On 3 June, immediately after the close of the Diocesan Synod, a meeting was held for training incumbents - those priests who are responsible for the training of our curates. (In the Church of England, the training for ordained ministry normally takes 6 - 7 years: 2 - 3 years prior to ordination, and 3 - 4 years post-ordination). The Director of Training, the Revd Canon Ulla Monberg, is responsible for overseeing the post-ordination training (POT) programme in the diocese.  

It was a useful time to share some key information regarding reporting, communications and training agreements. Canon Monberg outlined the POT syllabus and shared some principles regarding good practice in the development of general pastoral skills. Deacon Frances Hiller presented the liturgical matters to be covered in a curacy, from familiarity with the Book of Common Prayer and its authorised 1928 variations, to the extensive corpus of Common Worship resources now available. The Revd William Gulliford, the Director of Ordinands gave a presentation on areas related to Church Administration and Governance which must be covered during the training years. 

All our training incumbents are, themselves, highly experienced and competent priests. They valued the opportunity to share their own experiences in supervising curates and their vision of how to help new ordinands grow into the deacons or priests that God is calling them to be. 

Training incumbents Ian Hutchinson-Cervantes, Philip Mounstephen and Robert Innes, with  Fr Gulliford

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