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Armagh Installations

The Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Revd John McDowell, has appointed the Revd Dr Heather Morris, the General Secretary of the Methodist Church in Ireland, as an Ecumenical Canon of St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh.  The installation of the new Canon was to take place at Choral Evensong on Tuesday evening but, due to the death of Queen Elizabeth, it has been postponed.  During this service Dr Kenneth Milne, the Church of Ireland Historiographer, was also to have been installed as a Lay Canon.

Provision for two Ecumenical Canons was included in a new statute governing St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh, enacted by the General Synod in 2011. The Ecumenical Canons are appointed by the Archbishop of Armagh for a term of five years, which may be renewed. They join the Dean, Precentor, Chancellor, Treasurer, Archdeacons and four Prebendaries as members of the Cathedral Chapter(but may not vote.  Dr Morris will succeed the Revd Dr Tony Davidson who retired at the beginning of the summer.

Welcoming the appointment, the Dean of Armagh, the Very Revd Shane Forster, said: ‘I have known and worked alongside Dr Heather Morris in the Church Leaders’ Group (Ireland) for many years and am well acquainted with her many gifts and skills.  Heather is an eloquent preacher with a pastoral heart, who is genuinely interested in and committed to ecumenical outreach across this island.’ 

In accepting the appointment, Dr Morris said: ‘The Cathedral, placed as it is in the ecclesiastical capital, has played a significant role in the history of Ireland and, continues to do so under the leadership of the Archbishop, not least as a place in which any and all are welcomed in Christ’s name.  I am honoured to be invited to serve as a Canon and look forward to being part of the life and witness of the Cathedral.’

Tomorrow (Sunday) the annual Elizabeth Bowen Commemoration will be held in Farahy church, Co. Cork, at 3.30pm. The service will be conducted by the former Dean of St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, Dr Robert MacCarthy, and Dr Ian Sexton will supply the music. The address will be given by Dr Martin Mansergh who is one of the trustees of Farahy church.

In St Fin Barre’s cathedral on Wednesday the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross will ordain to the priesthood the Revd Jean Carney, the Revd Richard Dring and the Revd Carole Pound. The preacher will be the Ven Adrian Wilkinson, Archdeacon of Cork, Cloyne and Ross/Bishop–Elect of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory.

In Calary church, Co. Wicklow on Thursday, at 8pm, Dianne Marshall (harp), Mia Cooper and Lidia Jewloszewicz–Clarke (violins), Beth McNinch (viola) and Katie Tertell (cello) from Musici Ireland will play pieces by Jessie Montgomery, Siobhan Cleary, Arnold Bax, Rebecca Clarke, Valentin Silvestrov and Andre Caplet. For more information or to book tickets please ring John at (01) 2818146 or email derekneilson11@gmail.com

On Friday evening at 7.30pm in St Ann’s church, Dawson Street, the Archbishop of Dublin will institute Canon Paul Arbuthnot as Rector of  the parish of St Ann with St Stephen and St Mark. Canon Arbuthnot, who was ordained in 2010, has been Rector of the Cobh & Glanmire union of parishes in the Diocese pf Cloyne since 2018.

A special fundraising auction in aid of the Monkstown Schoolhouse Restoration Appeal will take place on  at 7:30pm on Friday in Monkstown parish church, Dublin. Viewing will take place on Thursday from 2pm to 4pm and from 7pm to 9pm and on Friday  from 2pm to 4pm. Lots include antiques, paintings, books, silver, jewelry, collectables and treasures of every description.


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