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Clerical Manouvres

The election of the Rt Revd Michael Burrows, Bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory, to the newly united see of Tuam, Limerick & Killaloe came as a surprise to many. Doubtless it will be a source of joy to the clergy and people of his new diocese while for those is Cashel, Ferns & Ossory there will be that curious mixture of excitement and apprehension as they await the election of a new bishop.

Bishop Burrows was elected to Cashel Ferns & Ossory in 2006 and he has proved to be a popular choice. He has consciously visited his clergy and parishes, preached, confirmed and ordained in his cathedrals in Cashel, Waterford, Lismore, Kilkenny, Ferns and Old Leighlin, and, with seemingly endless good humour, performed the many administrative duties which fall to a diocesan bishop. He has found time also for the Church beyond his diocese and is currentlyBottom of Form Chair of the Church of Ireland’s Commission for Christian Unity and Dialogue, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome, Co–Chair of the Church of Ireland–Methodist Covenant Council, and Patron of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise (the Irish Guild of the Church).

The date of his translation has yet to be set but in the meantime there us still much for him to do. Tomorrow afternoon at 4pm in St Lasarian’s cathedral, Old Leighlin, he will ordain the Revd Pat Coleman to the priesthood. She serves in the Ordained Local Ministry.

On Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in St Canice’s cathedral, Kilkenny, Bishop Burrows will institute the Revd Stephen Farrell as Rector of the Kilkenny union of parishes and he will then be installed as Dean of Ossory.  The new dean was ordained in 2008 for the curacy of Taney in the Diocese of Dublin and since 2011 has been Rector of Zion in the Dublin suburb of Rathgar. His academic background has been in law and he has been serving as Provincial and Diocesan Registrar in Dublin & Glendalough.

The Revd Robert Marshall has been appointed Diocesan and Provincial Registrar in succession to the Revd Stephen Farrell. He is a priest in the auxiliary ministry and since 2002 has served in the grouped parishes of Stillorgan & Blackrock. A retired solicitor he is a former president of the Irish Legal History Society and is currently a member of the Historical Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy.

The Bishop of Clogher, Dr Ian Ellis, has instituted the Revd Lindsey Farrell as Rector of the grouped parishes of Maguiresbridge & Derrybrusk in Co. Fermanagh. Ms Farrell and has been serving as Bishop’s Curate of the Inver group of parishes which includes Mountcharles, Inver, Killaghtee and Killybegs along the Wild Atlantic Way in the Diocese of Raphoe for the past three years.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the close of the season of Christmas will be celebrated in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, with the Candlemas Procession at 5pm.

The fourth concert recorded during last summer in Calary parish church, Co. Wicklow, is a performance by pianist, Ella Nagy, of Scarlatti’s sonatas K87 and K466 together with Nikolai Kapustin’s Concert Études opus 40 and variations opus 41. This concert will be released on YouTube on Friday for future viewing and a link may be obtained from Derek Neilson at derekneilson@eircom.net

The recent Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise and Pobal an Aifrinn Annual Ecumenical service is available on the Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise Youtube channel and there is a link at www.facebook.com/Gaeleaglais

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