Added on 31/07/2002
|On Wednesday, 31 July 2002, Archbishop Walton Empey retired from his position as Archbishop of Dublin, Bishop of Glendalough, Primate of Ireland and Metropolitan. |
His successor will be elected by the Episcopal Electoral College on Thursday 29 August 2002.
The Electoral College
Who can be members of an Electoral College?
The Church of Ireland has two provinces – the Province of Armagh and the province of Dublin. The provinces do not coincide with the political divisions of the island.
The Province of Armagh has seven dioceses
The Province of Dublin has five dioceses
This means 24 clerical and 24 lay representatives – a total of 48. The Constitution lays down that the Archbishop of Armagh presides at the Electoral College for Dublin & Glendalough and he is accompanied by 3 bishops – two from the Province of Dublin and one from the Province of Armagh. This makes a grand total of 52 people to elect the new archbishop.
If a bishop is chosen the House of Bishops may determine the date on which the translation will take effect. The date of the translation must be within three months of the election. Should a priest be elected that person will first have to be consecrated a bishop. It is over 130 years since a priest was last chosen as Archbishop of Dublin.
To be elected a candidate must gain two-thirds of the votes of both the clerical and lay members. The votes are counted by the Provincial Registrar. Should the Electoral College fail to elect a new archbishop the appointment will pass to the House of Bishops.
Further information from:
THE DIOCESAN COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
12 Dargle Wood
Mob: 087 235 6472
Fax: 01 494 4720
Email: Dublin Diocesan Communications Officer
DCO: Valerie Jones