|Church of Ireland Theological College,|
|Motto||"Growth, Unity and Service"|
|Affiliation||Church of Ireland (Anglican)|
|Director||Rev. Dr. Maurice Elliot|
|Affiliations||University of Dublin|
The Church of Ireland Theological Institute (formerly the Church of Ireland Theological College) is responsible for ministerial formation and lay training within the Church of Ireland. It is located in Churchtown in Dublin.
Traditionally Church of Ireland clergy were trained for the priesthood by attending Trinity College Dublin, studying at the divinity school. In 1873, following the Irish University Bill, Trinity officially became a non-denominational university, yet professors of theology had to be Anglicans. In 1911 an arrangement was formalised by which the House of Bishops and the college board governed the divinity school. In 1913 the "Divinity Hostel" was set up in two buildings in Mountjoy Square, Dublin.
In 1969 the Church of Ireland Library was moved to the site of the Divinity Hostel, a number of other archives of Church of Ireland organisations are held here.
Over the years as the Church of Ireland bishops' presence in the governance of Trinity diminished (where before 1980 as members of the board of the divinity school, the bishops could nominated the professors of theology), the divinity school at Trinity has been effectively replaced by the non-denominational School of Religious Studies and Theology.
In 1980 the Church of Ireland Theological College was set up in the Divinity Hostel, which had moved to Rathgar in 1964. In 2007 Church of Ireland clerical training was reconstituted into the current institute.
Following a report commissioned by the bishops and proposals to the synod (which were accepted), the institute was formed in 2007 out of the Church of Ireland Theological College to modernize the training of Church of Ireland clergy and other people for lay ministry. The Revd Maurice Elliot was appointed the director of the institute succeeding Rev Dr Adrian Empey who was principal of the college from 2001. Rev. James Hartin served as principal from 1980 to 1989 and Rev. Canon Professor John R Bartlet had served as principal from 1989 until 2001.
- Rev. Canon William Elder George Ormsby Vandeleur (1928-1934), warden of Divinity Hostel, Mountjoy Sq.
- Rev. Raymond G. F. Jenkins (1935-1939)
- Rev. Michael Lloyd Ferrar MA (1939-1960)
- Rev. Canon John S. Brown (1961-1980) known as Warden of Divinity Hostel, Mountjoy sq. then Churchtown
- Rev. Canon James Hartin (1980-1989) - known as principal he was previously sub-warden of Divinity Hostel
- Rev. Canon Prof John R. Bartlet (1989-2001)
- Rev. Dr. Adrian Empey (2001-1008)
- Rev. Dr. Maurice Elliot (2008- ) known as Director since 2007
The Institute has maintained the links with the University of Dublin. The Master in Theological Studies degree was first offered in conjunction with Trinity College, Dublin in 2009, replacing the B.Th. degree which was offered until 2010. The memorandum of understanding with Trinity was revised in 2018.The institute also offers a Graduate Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission, in partnership with St John's College, Nottingham, and validated by Durham University as part of the Church of England's Common Awards programme. This course is a prerequisite for ordinands hoping to study for the M.Th., and is also used for the training of lay readers within the Church. This lay readers course is a combination of distant learning (online), and contact time in CITI, and in the Diocese.
- "Bishops and Trinity College Dublin sign new Theological Institute agreement", Church of Ireland Gazette, 31 October 2008.
- Theological Institute, COI website.
- The Gospel and CITC - A brief historical survey. Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine Reform.ie
- The Church of Ireland: 1869-1969, R. B. McDowell.
- New Principal of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute Press Release, Church of Ireland, July 18, 2001.
- Establishing the Institute Archived 2012-07-15 at the Wayback Machine, Church of Ireland Theological Institute website.
- "New Course for Training Clergy Approved by Trinity College Dublin and the Church of Ireland" Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine, press release by Trinity College Dublin, 20 October 2012.
- Trinity and Church of Ireland Theological Institute sign MOU TCD News, September 6, 2018.
- Diocesan Readers Brochure 2019 Dicoese of Down and Dromore.
- [https://www.theologicalinstitute.ie/news/108/chaplains-receive-first-certificates-in Chaplains receive first certificates in chaplaincy ] News, CITI, September 25, 2016
- Graduates of First Third Level Chaplaincy Course Awarded Certificates Diocesan News, Irish Anglican, September 26, 2016.