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Historical Society Spring Meeting

The Spring meeting of the Church of Ireland Historical Society will be held online on Saturday 7 May at 11am.

In the first paper Professor Colm Lennon, Emeritus Professor of History in Maynooth University, will discuss ‘The late medieval Irish colleges and the Reformation’, and at 12 noon Mr James Frazer, a doctoral student in Queen’s University, Belfast, will deliver a research paper on ‘The 3rd Earl of Roden, Churchmanship, and the Second Reformation in Dundalk, c. 1820–54’.

After lunch, at 2pm, Dr Joan Redmond, Lecturer in Early Modern History in King’s College, London, will speak on ‘Writing and Remembering Religious Conflict in Early Modern Ireland’, and at 3pm the final paper will be given by Professor Christopher Fauske, Professor of Media and Communications in Salem State University in the USA, on ‘Jonathan Swift the church–man’.

The conference will be on held via Zoom Video Conferencing. If you wish to attend, you can register via the Society’s website here. You do not need to be a member to join. Members can sign up for free. Non–members are asked to subscribe a day rate of €10. If you wish to become a member the annual subscription is fixed at €40 or £40. This includes admission to the Society’s conferences, book discounts, and exclusive access to the Society’s thirty–five podcasts. Queries may be addressed to the honorary secretaries, Professor Alan Ford or Dr Miriam Moffitt, by email (secretary.coihs@gmail.com). Alternatively, you can visit the society’s website for further details about the conference (and more!).

The Church of Ireland Historical Society meets twice a year. It exists to promote scholarly interest in the history of the Church, and to facilitate publication.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the Archbishop of Dublin will preach at a Special Service to conclude the 150th anniversary celebration of Holy Trinity church, Castlemacadam, Co, Wicklow, while on Tuesday morning Dr Jackson will lead a Seminar in the Church of Ireland College in Dublin City University entitled ‘The integrity of The Scriptural voice’.

Tuesday to Friday mark the centenaries of the Bandon Valley Killings. The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross, Dr Paul Colton, will spend the days of these centenaries making pastoral visits in the parishes concerned.

In St Mary’s church, Howth, on Wednesday evening, the Archbishop of Dublin will institute the Revd Philip Heak as the Rector of Howth Parish. Mr Heak, who was ordained in 1995, has been Rector of Naas in the Diocese of Kildare since 2006. He succeeds Canon Kevin Brew who has retired from the stipendiary ministry.

The Revd David Bowles has been appointed as the new Rector of Whitechurch parish in the Diocese of Dublin. Ordained in 2013, he served as Intern Deacon in Taney parish for two years and was Curate Assistant in Douglas union of parishes, in Cork, Cloyne & Ross from 2015 to 2019.  In 2019 he was appointed half time Priest–in–Charge of Moviddy union of parishes, west of Cork City and also half time Healthcare Chaplain in Cork University Hospital and the Bon Secours Hospital in Cork city.

Eco–Congregation Ireland’s latest newsletter (available at www.ecocongregationireland.com) is now available, highlighting examples of environmental projects undertaken by churches across the island of Ireland. This edition includes the group’s annual review for 2021, reports on the recent Irish Churches Creation Care Conference, participation in a St Patrick’s Day parade in Westport, and the sharing of a Tree of Life mosaic between churches in Cloughjordan which was originally presented by the Jordanian Ambassador.


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