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Theological college closes in Canada: The Church of England Newspaper, Oct 7, 2012 p 7. October 8, 2012

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A Canadian theological school has announced that it will shut its doors at the end of the coming academic year.

The college council of the College of Emmanuel & St. Chad in Saskatoon voted to suspend operations at the end of June, 2013.  College council president Bishop James Njegovan of Brandon said the decision to close had been made in light of the “current financial condition of the college, the ongoing decline in student enrolment, and the current and projected costs of operating the college.”

In 2006 the college, the official accredited theological college for the ecclesiastical province of Rupert’s Land, sold its buildings to the University of Saskatchewan and has been renting space from a Lutheran chapel and has been seeking to develop additional programmes to make up for the sharp decline of ordinands in training.  However, the college council reported the school was unable to continue to operate with a deficit and must shut its doors.

The announcement comes amidst a worsening financial picture for the Anglican Church of Canada (ACA). In a speech to members of the synod of the ecclesiastical province of Canada last week in Montreal, Archbishop Fred Hiltz reported the ACA was running a deficit of C$900,000 after the first two quarters of 2012.

“The General Synod is struggling financially and if the truth be known we have been on this trajectory for a long time,” Archbishop Hiltz said, according to a report printed by the Montreal Anglican.

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

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