The 2017 Father Robert Crouse Seminar for Clergy

From May 15th to 18th 2017, St Thomas's will host The Father Robert Crouse Seminar, an annual study seminar for clergy, sponsored by The Corpus Christi Foundation.  The Foundation's mandate is "to support Anglican clergy...who value highly the intellectual, spiritual and liturgical tradition we have inherited, and believe that they continue to provide the basis for building the Church today."

This year's Seminar will work through sections of Richard Hooker's Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity.  It will be led by Torrance Kirby, Professor of Ecclesiastical History at McGill University.

Professor Kirby received a DPhil in Modern History from Oxford University in 1988. He is a life member of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and the Princeton Centre of Theological Inquiry. His monographs include Persuasion and Conversion: Religion, Politics and the Public Sphere in Early Modern England (Brill, 2013), The Zurich Connection and Tudor Political Theology (Brill, 2007), Richard Hooker, Reformer and Platonist (Ashgate, 2005), The Theology of Richard Hooker in the Context of the Magisterial Reformation (Princeton, 2000), and Richard Hooker's Doctrine of the Royal Supremacy (Brill, 1990). He is also editor of A Companion to Richard Hooker (Brill, 2008), Richard Hooker and the English Reformation (Kluwer, 2003) and co-editor of Paul's Cross and the Culture of Persuasion (Brill, 2014). He is currently editing Sermons at Paul's Cross, 1521-1642 for Oxford University Press.

Clergy interested in particicating in the Seminar are invited to apply to Mr Bret Mecredy-Williams, the Seminar Administrator, at

Registration is limted. A number of travel bursaries are available for participants who live outside Toronto. 

The Seminar Sessions

Session 1   SOTERIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS - A Learned Discourse of Justification (1612)

Session 2   SAPIENTIAL THEOLOGY - Of the Lawes of Ecclesiasticall Politie (1593), Book 1. caps. 1-10

Session 3   SCRIPTURAL HERMENEUTICS - Lawes, Book 1, caps. 11-15; Book 2, cap. 8

Session 4    DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH - Lawes, Book 3, caps. 1-8

Session 5   CHRISTOLOGY AND SACRAMENTS - Lawes, Book 5, caps. 50-56 on Christology, cap. 57 'The necessity of sacraments unto the participation of Christ', and cap. 67 'Of the sacrament of the body and blood of Christ'

PDF files of the readings will be provided to Seminar participants.