Montreal Dio completed a long process of organizational review in September 2017 when the college Corporation adopted a new constitution that places greater emphasis on the college as a learning community. In particular, membership in the Corporation of the College is now open to all who wish to engage in the life and work of Dio.
Members of the Corporation elect the Board of Governors and provide oversight of major developments at the Annual General Meeting. But membership is about more than governance. It is about being a partner and supporter of a vibrant and creative community of faith.
The new Corporation was officially launched at a service of Evensong in mid-April, at which members of the Board of Governors were commissioned and Jesse Zink was installed as principal. Several other events in the 2017-2018 school year highlighted the benefits of Corporation membership. These included the study day in late April that looked at the background and context to proposed changes to the marriage canon, as well as an afternoon question and answer session with the Most. Rev. Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, in early May. More events are being planned for next academic year.
Theological colleges are vital to the life of the church not just because they train new priests for the church. Theological colleges are vital to the life of the church because the energy and activity of the college can spill over and enrich all Christians, whether they are students or not. The new corporation offers a way for more people to be involved in the college community and grow in their own service of Christ and the church.