Trinity College Theological School is committed to shaping women and men who wish to pursue ordination in the Anglican Church, develop skills for lay ministry, or simply explore Christian faith for personal or vocational enrichment.
Established in 1877, Trinity College Theological School is committed to shaping women and men who wish to pursue ordination in the Anglican Church, develop skills for lay ministry, or simply explore Christian faith for personal or vocational enrichment. Alongside its degree and diploma programs, Trinity also serves the wider church community through workshops, seminars and lectures in our Continuing Education program.
Trinity prepares students for the diversity of the modern church by learning about a variety of models of church and theological ideas in contemporary society. Our students come from diverse backgrounds, both from within Australia and from overseas; many study part time and online, but all are supported on their journeys. Everyone at Trinity is encouraged to engage in open discussion and lively debate about the scriptures and Anglican traditions and how these apply to life today.Reverend Dr Robert (Bob) Derrenbacker, Principal
Women’s Ordination in the Anglican Church of Australia
Professor Dorothy Lee discusses the barriers facing women in the Anglican Church as they seek ordination.
“Women’s leadership has enhanced deeper cultural shifts in the Anglican church that had been building over decades. Generally, women support a more inclusive and comprehensive vision of church, with a commitment to diversity at every level. In dioceses with women leaders, mutuality and respect in a context of dialogue is valued rather than dogmatism and authoritarianism. The hope of many Anglican women is that this vision will prevail over more judgmental and narrow understandings that exclude many diverse people from full participation in the church”.
Q&A with Trinity Chaplain Luke Hopkins
Father Luke Hopkins took on Trinity’s chaplaincy role in 2022. Here he shares his path to becoming ordained and how he serves the Trinity community.
Trinity College Theological School Campus
The Theological School is located at the Old Warden’s Lodge (OWL) within Trinity College, at 100 Royal Parade, Parkville. It is very close to public transport, with Tram 19 located just outside the entrance. The site is in close proximity to a number of cafes, restaurants, and shops in the Parkville and Melbourne University areas.
Trinity is located on the sovereign and unceded country of the Wurundjeri nation. We pay our respects to their elders, who have cared for this country since its creation, and commit ourselves to work towards a more just settlement for all Indigenous people.
Facilities available to students
- Student common room
- Outdoor common areas
- Kitchen, tea, and coffee making facilities
- Quiet study areas in the library
- Rooms available to be booked for study space
- The building is also a short distance to the Dalton McCaughey library
A place for worship, reflection and prayer, and a sacred space where all are welcome. During semester, morning prayer daily at 9am, and Eucharist is celebrated on Mondays and Thursdays at 1pm. Evensong is held on Sunday evenings.
Leeper and Mollison Library
The Leeper and Mollison Library is located on Trinity’s main campus at Parkville, and here you can study, browse our resources and learn in comfort. Our librarians are trained to help you locate the best resources for your studies, can teach you how to reference assignments and can recommend books, including ebooks and audiobooks.
Collection Strengths and Specialties
The library has a significant theological collection with an emphasis on Anglicanism.