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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Decision Made: St. Andrews it is!

Well, I have made my decision after some long hours of thought and weighing the issues involved in my particular circumstance with my supervisor. I have really learned a lot from Professor David Brown and he has supported my work and directed it to what he says is going to be a good thesis in the end. All of his PhD candidates are also successful when they go for the viva too! That is, David prepares us for what is ahead and does not put us forward until he is sure we are ready. Therefore, I have agreed to go with my supervisor and just got off the phone with him and he is pleased with my decision and now I am as well.

I also had a conversation with another potential supervisor and that went well but my time with David and our working relationship simply outweighs my desire to get the Durham degree. I have sent off my stuff to the University of St. Andrews today to be enrolled in St. Mary's College and I should be hearing something fairly soon. Once I get the written acceptance I will post that here and then do the formal stuff with Durham. If something happens and this falls through the cracks then Durham is legally bound to see me through so I will get the degree nonetheless. But David assures me that he received a letter from St. Andrews telling him that he can bring me along and there should be no problem in my coming. So, my degree will come about six months later but it will eventually come. In the meantime, I have a lot of work to do to get it ready to go. Thank you for your prayers and much wisdom from those of you who wrote me privately and commented. God Bless!

For all who are wondering and I have been asked, no, I am not physically leaving Durham since I have a curacy responsibility as well. I will do this via electronic mail with visits as needed.

8 Comments:

Blogger Third Mill Catholic said...

Be sure to tell that belligerent Scottish University that they mispelled "Andrewes."
;-)

Congratulations on your decision! You made the right choice. Now do us proud.

6:14 pm  
Blogger Fr. Jeffrey said...

Thanks Dr. D. It is good to have this decision behind me now. It's funny that every time I go to write St. Andrews I have to think and often correct the spelling! It is also nice to know that I will be at St. Mary's College who prays for all her son's disciples. I had a good test today with this new potential supervisor and I was able to stand in there and hold my own with what I know of Andrewes in answering "Protestant" questions about soteriology and the Sacrifice of the Mass. So, I feel good about the work I've done thus far! Thanks for the support!

6:18 pm  
Blogger Bobby J. Kennedy said...

This does not mean you will be leaving Durham (moving) does it? I don't take it that way, but I want to be sure.

Congrats either way.

6:38 pm  
Blogger Death Bredon said...

Congratulations. Wise decision.

5:17 am  
Blogger J. Gordon Anderson said...

Congratulations.

So where does your degree come from? Durham or St. Andrew's?

JGA+

6:48 pm  
Blogger Fr. Jeffrey said...

My degree will come from St. Andrews.

7:43 pm  
Anonymous john implacabilis said...

If you get it ... Standards ...

John Implacabilis ...

8:55 pm  
Blogger Fr. Jeffrey said...

Now, where are you going with that comment John?

9:09 pm  

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