The presentation of certificates to graduates from the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross who recently completed the Certificate in Christian Studies, which the Diocese offered in partnership with the Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, took place on Wednesday 3rd February in an online ceremony. The graduates were joined by family and friends as well as people from around the Diocese.
Fourteen people from many parts of the Diocese successfully completed the course which is accredited by the Pontifical University at Level 7 standard, and which was delivered over a two year period in the Diocese.
Speaking on behalf of the Pontifical University, Father Michael Shortall, emphasised how much this ecumenical connection is valued and how vibrant the participation in the Cork course had been. Also from Maynooth, Dr Jessie Rogers said that the external examiner had reported a very high standard of work with a ‘high level of engagement’ and that what was especially noteworthy was the way that the participants had ‘applied and evaluated the course material in the light of their own context of ministry.’
Bishop Colton thanked the participants for being the experimenters and pioneers of the running of this course for the first time in Cork, Cloyne and Ross. He thanked all the local tutors and lecturer. He expressed gratitude to everyone at the Pontifical University and especially the Church of Ireland Coordinator, Dean Tom Gordon. The evening concluded with a short address by Dean Tom Gordon.
The Certificate Course is made up of six modules:
- The Bible: Exploring the Word
- Christian Liturgy: Worship and the People of God
- Thinking about God: Faith seeking understanding
- Mission and Ministry: Sharing the Good News
- Ethics: Christian faith and moral choices
- Church History: Christianity in Ireland