Magazine article Anglican Journal

Diocesan Theological College Sold to McGill

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Diocesan Theological College Sold to McGill

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Montreal-based McGill University has bought the century-old neo-Gothic building of the Anglican Diocesan Theological College on University St., north of Sherbrooke St., for an undisclosed amount.

The college, which finalized the sale in May, said it could no longer afford the cost of maintaining the building, which has been designated a heritage property by the Quebec government.

Canon John Simons, college principal, also said the building was being sold "in the interest of carrying forward into the future our essential heritage, which is to be a community of theological reflection and pastoral formation."

Canon Simons said the building once represented an era "in which the Anglican Church enjoyed social eminence (in the city) and was enriched out of the material prosperity of its lay benefactors." Today, he said, Montreal is no longer the financial capital it once was of the Dominion of Canada and the Anglican Church no longer has the same influence and position it once had.

Local Anglicans, Canon Simons noted, "represent less than-one per cent of the population of the area covered by the diocese of Montreal, and, while we still own much valuable real estate, the question as to how long we can continue to maintain our buildings is one that won't go away. …

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