Meet a Few of Our Faculty of Divinity Student

Posted Feb 22, 2017 12:30 pm

Through a series of vignettes, we meet a few of Trinity’s Divinity students in their parish internships

The Theological Field Education and Parish internship is a very valuable part of the professional preparation in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program at Trinity College. The internship provides students with an opportunity to establish specific learning objectives of expertise in the art of ministry under the guidance of experienced parish clergy. 

Patti Brace  |  Brittany Cartwright  |  Roshni Jayawardena  |  Michael Perry  |  Caroline Sharp    

Louise Simos  |  Frances Wallace  |  Garfield Wu

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Updated March 28, 2017

Roshni Jayawardena Divinity student Roshni Jayawardena at her parish internshipis an intern at the Parish of St George's on the Hill, working with supervisor The Rev'd Michelle Childs-Ward. Evidence suggests the acolytes guild has taught her to swing a mean thurible. Roshni reports that she has been learning about covering the bases when there is no parish administrator as well as what's involved in hiring a new one. She has been making visits with Parish Chaplain, Brenda Garvey, discovering more about school chaplaincy, and leading a Lenten series that has people talking about aspects of Jesus' life they had not previously considered.


Photo Caroline Sharp at her Parish internshipCaroline Sharp is an intern at the Church of the Nativity in Hamilton (Diocese of Niagara), working with supervisor, The Rev'd Matthew Griffin. She is leading a Lenten study program looking at healing and reconciliation and the experience of First Nations people. She is also reflecting on the amazing privilege of being invited into people's homes and lives as she visits them. Over the next few weeks she will also be discovering more about the processes for exploring a congregational vision for the future and some of the aspects of healthy stewardship.

Photo Brittany Cartwright at her Parish internshipBrittany Cartwright is an intern at the Parish of St Matthew the Apostle, Oriole, in the Diocese of Toronto, working with supervisor, The Rev'd Lisa Newland, and parish Deacon Kyn Barker. Along with a busy schedule of visiting, she has been reflecting on the rich symbolism present in the comparatively modern building, and the range of different ways small liturgical details are handled in different parishes and even at different services in a single day. In planning for Easter, one of the considerations was what sort of bulletin cover of the risen Christ best speaks to a very multicultural congregation.

Frances Wallace on her parish internshipsFrances Wallace is at the St. Aidan’s parish in Oakville (Diocese of Niagara) where her supervisor is The Rev`d Barry Randle. Fran reports that she is about to launch her educational project, inviting people to imagine the Passion narratives through the perspective of the different characters in the stories. She is also preparing to preach on Palm Sunday and Good Friday. The parish has been engaged in envisioning its future, and she is working with others to explore strategies for them to connect themselves more closely with people in the surrounding area, which is changing rapidly.

Divinity Student Garfield Wu on his parish internshipGarfield Wu is an intern at the Parish of St. Cuthbert in Oakville (Diocese of Niagara) where his supervisor is Fr. Joseph Asselin. Garfield reports that he is learning so much, including having been with a parishioner on their final journey and helping to plan all the details of a funeral. He’s also been sitting in on the search for a new organist with a team of skilled professionals from the parish. His Ash Wednesday homily hit all the right Lenten notes, and people in the parish describe his preaching as passionate and profound. The million dollar question – will the Celtic Fiddlers who meet in the parish be able to persuade him to take up the Celtic fiddle?

Trinity Master of Divinity Student Patti Brace on her parish internshipPatti Brace is an intern at Church of the Ascension in Sudbury, where she has three supervisors for her time there: Bishop Anne Germond, the new Bishop of Algoma, The Rev'd Bob Derrenbacker (also Provost of Thorneloe College), and The Rev'd Rhonda Hirst. She has had the pleasure of participating in video calls with the parish's waiting refugee family from Syria, and the joy of participating in the procession at Bishop Anne’s consecration. Patti also says she's looking forward to Shrove Tuesday pancakes with the L’Arche community.

Trinity Master of Divinity Student Michael Perry on his parish internship

Michael Perry is an intern at the parish of St. Nicholas, Birchcliiffe in Toronto with the Rev'd Janet Read-Hockin. The Rev'd Ian Noseworthy is one of the assistant clergy. Michael is preaching up a storm, does great children's talks, and is learning about the unpredictability of parish meetings, and the importance of individuals who know the institutional history.

Trinity Master of Divinity Student Louise Simos on her parish internshipLouise Simos is doing her internship at St. Anne's Parish in Toronto with the Rev'd Gary Van der Meer. Beyond her immediate learning goals, she is discovering things about what's involved in living in an aging heritage church building, and new ways of connecting to a neighbourhood with a changing demographic where the largest proportion of the population is now between 20 and 35.

More vignettes to come