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Following the election last week of the Ven Adrian Wilkinson to the vacant see of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory, the House of Bishops is once again complete albeit at the historically low number of eleven members. In the northern province there are the Archbishop of Armagh and the Bishops of Derry & Raphoe, Clogher, Down & Dromore, Connor, and Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh. The southern province is now composed of the Archbishop of Dublin and the Bishops of Meath & Kildare, Cashel, Ferns & Ossory, Cork, Cloyne & Ross, and Tuam, Limerick & Killaloe.

The new Bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory will, of course, be the junior member of the House while the senior, in terms of service is the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross. Dr Colton was elected in 1999 and has recently become the longest serving bishop in the history of Cork Cloyne and Ross since Bishop William Lyon in 1617. He has also become the longest serving bishop still in office in the Anglican Churches of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

The Ven Adrian Wilkinson was born in 1968 and ordained in 1994 for the curacy of Douglas Union in the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne & Ross, and then served as Rector of Dunboyne Union, in the Dioceses of Meath & Kildare from 1997 until 2002, during which time he was also Chaplain at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. From 2001, he was also Rector of Rathmolyon Union, in the same diocese, before returning to Douglas Union as Rector in 2002 and serving in that role since then.

He has been Archdeacon of Cork, Cloyne & Ross since 2014.  Archdeacon Wilkinson is a member of the General Synod and its Standing Committee, the Representative Church Body and its Executive Committee, the General Synod Board of Education (Republic of Ireland), and the Priorities Fund Committee.  He has also served on the Governing Council of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute.

Another recent appointment is that of the Archdeacon of Dublin, the Ven David Pierpoint, as Canon Treasurer on the Chapter of St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, in succession to Canon Horace McKinley who has retired.

The Treasurer–designate is a past pupil of St Patrick’s cathedral Choir School, and Grammar School and served as a boy chorister, a Sunday tenor singer and later as a verger in the cathedral. He was ordained in 1986 and served in a number of parishes in the non–stipendiary ministry before his appointment in 1992 as curate to the St Patrick’s cathedral Group of parishes then to the Christ Church Cathedral group in 1995 as vicar. Archdeacon Pierpoint is also chaplain to An Garda Síochána, and is the first Church of Ireland clergyman to hold this position.

Tomorrow (Sunday) evening at 5pm in SS John & Ailbe church, Abington (Eircode: V94 N230), there will be a summer recital of sacred music with Sagittarius Hiberniensis, directed by Peter Barley. Complimentary refreshments for all will be served at the end of the recital in the adjoining parish room . Admission will be free with a retiring collection for church fund

In the series of lunchtime concerts in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, on Tuesday at 1.15pm, Joel Burcham (tenor) and Elizabeth Avery (piano) will perform music by Beethoven, Barber, Laitman and Puccini.

On Friday, at 1.10pm Summer Music in Sandford continues on Sandford parish church, Ranelagh, where Marion Creely (Soprano) and the Hannaville String Quartet will perform music by Dvořák, Schumann and Saint–Saëns.

Church of Ireland Notes

Published in the Saturday edition of The Irish Times


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