University description (as per official university website)
Ministry is the believer's response to God's loving initiative in Jesus Christ and is enacted through witnessing to Him. By baptism each Christian is called to participate in this ministry. However, identity of calling does not imply identity of function. Since the apostolic age there has been within the church a basic pattern of ordained ministry - bishop, priest and deacon. Nonetheless the ministry of the ordained and that of the unordained are complementary and necessary, the one to the other, within the Christian community.
The task of the College, therefore, is threefold:
to train men and women for the ordained ministry within the church through the study of Scriptures, Theology, Liturgy, History and Related subjects;
to provide the unordained with opportunities to better equip themselves for the exercise of their baptismal ministry;
to encourage and facilitate the integration of knowledge, skills and experience with personal faith in order to foster a growing spirituality.
Thus, through its program and community life, Queen's College seeks to enable Christian men and women to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Queen's College is an associate member of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (A.T.S.).
Queen's College is also an affiliated College of Memorial University of Newfoundland. This relationship enables the College to share many of the University's resources. Students registered at Queen's College and members of Faculty have access to the University library, audio visual services, gymnasium, computer services and all other common facilities or services normally made available to Memorial University students or Faculty.
Queen's College also holds an affiliation agreement with the St. John's Health Care Corporation and the Central West Health Corporation.
Queen's College was established in 1841 as The Theological Institute by The Right Reverend Aubrey George Spencer, appointed in 1839 as the first bishop of the Diocese of Newfoundland. His successor, The Right Reverend Edward Feild, reestablished The Institute in a new building and named it Queen's College in honour of Queen Victoria and The Queen's College, Oxford, his alma mater. Its prime purpose was then, and is now, to offer training leading to ordination.
Since that time the College has expanded its programs to include persons who wish to pursue the study of theology without of seeking ordination. The Faculty consists of three full-time and eleven adjunct members. A network of trained supervisors, both in Clinical Pastoral Education and Parish Internship programs, also form an integral part of the College's life.
Queen's College celebrates its past with thanksgiving and anticipates its future with hope.
The College is incorporated under an Act of the Provincial Legislature which grants it the authority to confer appropriate degrees in theology.
As a Faculty of Theology, Queen's College provides an opportunity for women and men to respond to the call of God and develop their unique gifts, through learning, teaching and research in the academic setting of a Christian faith community. The College offers courses and programs for ordination, enhancement of baptismal ministry and enrichment of personal spirituality.
Remaining rooted in the core commitments of service and leadership, Queen's College is aware of, interested in and responsive to the evolving needs of its various communities.
In this pursuit "...the overarching goal is the development of theological reflection and wisdom pertaining to responsible life in faith. Comprehended in this overarching goal are others such as deepening spiritual awareness, growing in moral sensibility and character, gaining an intellectual grasp of the tradition of a faith community, and acquiring the abilities requisite to the exercise of ministry in that community. These goals, and the processes and practices leading to their attainment, are normally intimately interwoven and should not be separated from one another" (A.T.S. Bulletin 42, Part 3, 1996).
Theological Education Leading To Ordination
The preparation of men and women for ordained ministry is a complex task involving much more than the provision of courses in various theological disciplines, though it certainly includes this. The needs of individual students, and the needs of the people of God whom they will serve, have to be kept in full view. In order to accomplish this, an effective theological program seeks to balance four distinct emphases.
Academic Excellence: Queen's College is committed to providing a program of study that will equip its students with an understanding of the nature and contents of the Bible, and of the history, liturgy and theology of the church. This kind of study challenges the student to work through the implications of critical scholarship for her or his own faith and life. It seeks to engage the student in the search for truth.
Professional Competence: Queen's College is committed to enabling students to develop skills which a parish priest needs in order to do the work of ordained ministry. Thus our program offers instruction in liturgy, preaching, Christian education, pastoral work and parish administration.
Personal Growth: The ordained ministry requires a priest to work with people at a very personal level. He or she must get to know them, listen intelligently, and respond appropriately. This can only be done sensitively and effectively if a priest has a developing self-awareness and knows her or his strengths, weaknesses and limitations. Priestly ministry requires a depth of personal maturity. No institution can guarantee this in its graduates, but we at Queen's College are committed to programs, such as Clinical Pastoral Education and Parish Internship, which are designed to promote personal growth and maturity so essential for pastoral ministry.
Spiritual Development: At Queen's College, emphasis is placed on the development of community life as the context in which spiritual growth takes place. Both full-time faculty and postulants are required to attend the daily offices of Morning and Evening Prayer, the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Wednesdays and Fridays, and College Retreats. Each member of the community is also encouraged to nurture her or his spiritual development by establishing a working pattern of personal prayer.