A Proposed Outline for a Catholic Anglican House of Studies

Below is my outline from a January 2021 presentation, in which I was asked by my superiors to consider building an integrated hybrid education and vocation initiative. It was intended to be an in-house solution for Catholic Anglicans, one that did not send candidates away for years, necessitate quitting local jobs, or stress other internal diocesan programs.
Some provincially approved options are not appropriate for orthodox, Catholic Anglicans.
Regrettably, while the proposal was received well, the project ended up in limbo due to lack of available funding. I would have spent about 6-months designing the program, subject to committee approval.
The model was formed out of a number of years of my own work, and based in part by my own experience with traditional education, hybrid, and mentorship models of formation.
An additional month was dedicated to practicalities: for research and consultation with another non-Anglican school of ministry program director, who had successfully built similar from scratch.

-Ἰωνᾶς ☩


January 2021

Startup needs

  1. House of Studies Organization and Handbook
    1. admissions standards & procedures
    2. educational philosophy
      1. Mentorship model
      2. Formation
      3. Online education
      4. Spiritual Direction
      5. Retreats with practicum intensives
    3. program tracks, matching Provincial & Diocesan canonical standards
      1. Lay licensure
      2. Ordination
      i. Deaconess
      ii. Permanent Diaconate
      iii. Transitional Diaconate
      iv. Priesthood
      3. As-called, as needed, sequence
    4. internal applicant vs external applicant procedures (see 4 below)
    5. teacher guide for delivering electronic courses
    6. tuition structure and postulancy process
      1. Parish-based
      2. Pastoral Exceptions and formational standards.
  2. Website and content
  3. Social media scaffolding, if desired
  4. Compiling resources from other programs, and communication with other dioceses and jurisdictions:
    A. Articulation with continuing, FiFNA, & Anglo-Catholic programs in ACNA, APCK, G4, Anglican Union, &c.

Ongoing, recurring (with tuition covering operating costs):

  1. Parish supervision/mentorship program (including reading list, etc)
  2. Per class
    1. Syllabus
    2. Scope & Sequence Curriculum
    3. Teaching time and student supervision
  3. Continuing support and communications for the HoS students and supervising pastors.
  4. Tech support for prospective lecturers
  5. E-Library of research texts in the AC tradition.
  6. Develop procedures for integrated canonicals, according to program focus.