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New Archbishop of Dublin calls for a fresh expression of God's presence

Diocesan News

Added on 09/05/2011

When preaching at his enthronement as Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough in Christ Church Cathedral, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson spoke of the responsibility each generation faces in bringing forward their faith in order to create “a fresh expression of God’s presence and God’s power”.

Enthronement of the new Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson
The Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough, knocking on the door of Christ Church Cathedral prior to his enthronement.

He said, “In an era of insecurity and instability, of economic challenge and societal anger, this is perhaps not what we want to hear. We might well be looking for a bit of a break from the tradition, feeling ourselves to be somewhat battered by what we see as the inheritance of bad decisions and even worse outcomes.” However, he encouraged people to look past this frustration and approach the future with hope.

Enthronement of the new Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson
The Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough, greeting members of the congregation following his enthronement in Christ Church Cathedral.

He admitted that while institutions are under a tremendous amount of strain, religious traditions remain somewhat tempted to exercise “ritual exclusion of others”. He added, “We are held in a very modern dilemma within a very ancient and symbolic picture of divine righteousness.”

Enthronement of the new Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson
Inez Jackson, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough, and Camilla Jackson at the reception in Dublin City Hall following Archbishop Jackson's enthronement in Christ Church Cathedral.

Despite this fact, or perhaps because of it, Dr Jackson stressed the importance of dialogue between Christian churches and indeed all religions, saying members of the Church of Ireland were “honoured” by the presence of members and leaders of other faiths at the service.

Enthronement of the new Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson
The Ven Ricky Rountree, Archdeacon of Glendalough; Inez Jackson; the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough; Camilla Jackson; the Very Revd Dermot Dunne, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral; and the Ven David Pierpoint, Archdeacon of Dublin, pictured at the reception in Dublin City Hall following Archbishop Jackson's enthronement in Christ Church Cathedral.

He continued, “The public role of religions remains one of opening up pathways to God for those who find it difficult to make such a journey for themselves; of opening up dialogue with those who make decisions which affect all segments of society; and, most of all, of opening up and maintaining relationships with people, whoever they and we are. It is the role of people of faith to think and to act in hope.”
Enthronement of the new Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson
Dr Martin McAleese; Mary McAleese, Uachtarán na hÉireann; and the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough, following Dr Jackson's enthronement in Christ Church Cathedral.


Dr Jackson concluded his sermon by noting how people throughout the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough are “committed to a type of church life which is confident and outward-looking”. He said, “I look forward to meeting all of you and to sharing in the life and work which are ours together. You are all part of bigger and wider communities and I look forward to meeting the members of these communities also. I look forward with my family to making Dublin our home and to meeting new people and making new friends. I wish to thank the people of Clogher Diocese for the ways in which they welcomed and embraced us over the past nine years and to thank them for coming today to Christ Church in such numbers. Finally, I wish to thank you all for your presence today and to offer you my friendship in the years to come.”

Enthronement of the new Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson
The Most Revd Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough, and the Most Revd Diarmuid Martin, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, following the former's enthronement in Christ Church Cathedral. Archbishop Martin read the Gospel at the service.

The enthronement service was attended by various dignitaries including Mary McAleese, Uachtarán na hÉireann, and Cllr Gerry Breen, Lord Mayor of Dublin. The service was followed by a reception in City Hall.


 

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