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New home for college

21 December 2012

THE Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, has blessed the new home of St Mellitus College, a £7.3-million conversion of St Jude's, Courtfield Gardens, in Kensington.

St Jude's, a Grade II listed former parish church, built in 1870, now houses four lecture spaces as well as a new central library for the college's 510 students. The Dean of St Mellitus, the Revd Graham Tomlin, said that he had been "surprised and delighted" by the growth of the college over the past five years. Jointly founded by the dioceses of London and Chelmsford, it now serves 110 ordinands and 400 other students.

The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, said that the "generous orthodoxy" of the college provided "excellent training". The diocese's partnership with it had made a "major contribution" to the growth in the number of people in self-supporting ministry from 68 in 2003 to 104 in 2010.

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