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Cathedral Appointments

The Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory, the Rt Revd Michael Burrows, who will be translated to the new see of Tuam, Limerick and Killaloe on 14 April, has made a number of cathedral appointments in his diocese.

Following the installation of the Revd Stephen Farrell as Dean of Ossory last month, on 13 February Canon James Mulhall was instituted as Rector of the Cashel union of parishes and installed as Dean of Cashel in the Cathedral of St John the Baptist. The new Dean was ordained in 1986, has served in the parishes of Clonmel and Lismore, and most recently as Priest–in–Charge of the Kells union of parishes.

Last Sunday the first in a series in installations of new members of the chapter took place in St Canice’s cathedral, Kilkenny, when the Rector of Kiltegan, Canon Robert Jones, was installed. Tomorrow (Sunday) Canon Ian Coulter, Priest–in–Charge of Templemore, will be installed and the two succeeding Sundays will bring the installations of Canon Richard Marsh, Bishop’s Vicar in Kilkenny, and Canon Brian O’Rourke, Rector of Tullow, as Canon Treasurer. All the installations will take place in the context of Choral Evensong at 3pm.

On Wednesday 6 April Bishop Burrows will institute the Revd Bruce Hayes as Rector of the Waterford union of parishes and he will then be installed as Dean of Waterford in the Cathedral of the Blessed Trinity (Christ Church). The new Dean was ordained in 2001 for the curacy of Cregagh in the Diocese of Down and subsequently served as Rector of Abbeystrewry in the Diocese of Ross and Rector of Dalkey in the Diocese of Dublin.

Tomorrow morning (Sunday) at 11.10 on RTÉ One and 11.00 on Radio 1 Extra/LW252, Rosemary Lavelle will lead a multi–denominational Service to mark the Women’s World Day of Prayer. 

In Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, during Lent ‘Cathedral Nights: Refuge and Stronghold’ will present opportunities for reflection on 9, 23 and 30 March from 7 to 8pm. Each session will include lectio divina style reflections on the Sunday lectionary readings and will allow space for silence, sharing and suggestions for prayer. Further information may be had from the Dean’s Vicar, the Revd Abigail Sines, at abigail@christchurch.ie

The Church of Ireland Youth Department (CIYD) has launched Fuel II, the second version of its resource, to encourage young people and their leaders around the island of Ireland to read through St Luke’s Gospel over the 40 days of Lent. In commending the resource, CIYD’s President, Bishop Pat Storey, said: ‘It is more important than ever that we all take time to reflect in a post–Covid world. What have we missed? What did we learn? Where have we heard, or indeed missed, God’s voice? As the Holy Spirit continues to speak to us through the Scriptures, we are more determined than ever to be a people who document and reflect our listening to the divine Word.’ Copies of Fuel II may be ordered from Diocesan Youth Officers or Diocesan Youth Councils or by e–mailing admin@ciyd.org

Eco–Congregation Ireland’s latest newsletter includes reports on an online gathering for parishes and congregations in Leinster region; Canon Andrew Orr’s talk at Moviddy in Cork; awards for Carlow union of parishes; and carbon literacy training with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

The Irish Churches Creation Care Conference, coming up on 8 April, will be an opportunity for all involved in church life to explore the theology and mission of creation care with leading theologians, mission practitioners and senior church leaders.

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