As well as the strong bonds you will form with your fellow Readers, on this Pathway you will also be training alongside ordinands, adding to the rich diversity that already exists within our student body. With deep roots in the dioceses we serve, you will get to know the people, resources and partnerships of your diocese, as well as becoming part of the large and supportive network of the pathway community.
On the weekends held at Cuddesdon, you will also encounter other part-time students on the other regional courses, pioneer ministers as they train in partnership with Church Mission Society, people training as licensed lay ministers, as well as visiting preachers and scholars. Connecting with these diverse networks of people will help build your appreciation of distinct vocations and will prepare you for collaborative ministry in the future.
Closure of the Portsmouth Pathway
The Diocese of Portsmouth has given notice of its intention to withdraw from its partnership with Ripon College Cuddesdon and to close the Portsmouth Pathway.
The formal notice to close the Portsmouth Pathway was given on 18th January 2023 and discussions between Ripon College Cuddesdon and the Diocese are in place to effect a smooth and orderly transition for students and staff to any new arrangements. Initial discussions assume the closure of the Portsmouth Pathway at the end of the 2023/24 academic year, although the Diocese has indicated a desire to bring this forward to the end of the current academic year if feasible. Ripon College Cuddesdon and the Diocese of Portsmouth are committed to working collaboratively and constructively together, and with students, over the coming months.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss the matter further, please speak to Richard Wyld (Director of the Portsmouth Pathway) or Anthony Rustell (Director of Mission and Ministry, Diocese of Portsmouth).