THE CHURCH must be prepared to invest far more resources in education at all levels if it is to discharge its responsibility for effective teaching, the Sheffield Council of Churches was told recently. Canon George Tolley, the principal of Sheffield Polytechnic, was speaking on the challenge of the 21st century. He said that teaching was one of three prime tasks that the churches had to tackle.
"I am not suggesting that the Church should attempt to regain control of the education system. I am suggesting that the Church, of whatever denomination, has woefully inadequate means of leaching young and old alike and, furthermore, has little sense of Urgency about the need for a massive change in the ordering of priorities for the Church, which must involve a totally different concept of the Scale of resources needed," he said.
Key biblical and the theological concepts could not be contained "within a smattering of precepts meekly and weakly presented to an apathetic and unhearing world.'' Canon Tolley added: "That
responsibility for teaching is not one of mere indoctrination. It is concerned with the vital task of demonstrating and presenting the sanctity, of the human personality." Canon Edward McDonnell, Nazareth House. Cheltenham died on Febluaty 1, aged 68.
He was parish priest at Sacred Hearts Parish, Charlton Kings, Chettenham from 1953 until his retirement 18 months ago.
Born in Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland Canon McDorinen was educated at St Flannan's .College, Ennis and All Hallows College, Dublin. He was ordained at Mount St Joseph's Cistercian Abbey, Roscrea, Ireland in 1938.
His first appointment was at the proCathedral Parish, Clifton. Bristol where he served from 1938 to 1942. In 1942 he was appointed to St John's Parish, Bath, than as chaplain at St Mary's Convent, Shaftesbury before being appointed Parish Priest at Chipping Soclbury. In 1953 he went to Sacred Hearts Parish, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, where he remained until ill-health brought about his retirement 18 months ago He was appointed an Honorary Canon in 1978.
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He taught at Stonyhurst College 11930 341, worked in the library and archives of the Jesuit Curia in Home (1934-361, joined the writers' cornmunity at Farm Street in 1936, working on the martyrs' cause, and during the second world wet served as an army chaplain.
After the war he served for a short time at Osterley and Wardour, and in 1948 went to Campion Hall, Oxford, as Spiritual Father, returning to Farm Street in 1 951 and, eight years later. returning once more to Oxford. He remained there from 1959 to 1971.
In 1971 he went to Loyola Hall. Rainhill. as "Older Father" living in the novices' community, and moved iwth them to Birmingham in 1977 when the novIceship took up residence there in the building now known as Manresa House. He died in St Mary's Hospice, Birmingham.