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Consecration in Christ Church

Tomorrow (Sunday) at 3.30pm in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, the Archbishop of Dublin will preside at the consecration of the Ven Adrian Wilkinson who is to be the next Bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory. He will success the Rt Revd Michael Burrows, who was translated as Bishop of Tuam, Limerick and Killaloe in April.

The new bishop, who was born in 1968, was educated at Trinity College Dublin, and NUI Maynooth, where he also served as Chaplain, and in the University of Wales, Lampeter. He trained for ministry, at the Church of Ireland Theological College.  

He was ordained in 1994 for the curacy of Douglas in the Diocese of Cork. He was appointed as Rector of Dunboyne in the Diocese of Meath in 1997 and returned to Douglas as rector in 2002. Since 2014 he has been Archdeacon of Cork, Cloyne & Ross.

The new bishop will have some familiarity with his new dioceses as his late father was Rector of Enniscorthy and Archdeacon of Ferns.

On Monday evening at 7.30pm in St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, there will be ‘The Wonderous Machine: After Dark’ – a candlelit recital of spine chilling music for Halloween. Details may be had at www.stpatrickscathedral.ie/afterdark22

On Thursday evening at 7.30pm, the Bishop of Clogher will institute the Revd Stephen McWhirter as Rector of Rossorry in Rossorry parish church. The Rt Right Revd Patrick Rooke, former Bishop of Tuam, Killala & Achonry, will be the preacher.

Choral Compline – a short service of evening prayer sung throughout – will resume in Sandford parish church, Ranelagh, Dublin, this Friday evening at 6.00pm. All are welcome to come to this beautiful meditative service, which provides a welcome respite from the busy Friday rush–hour.

The next conference of the Church of Ireland Historical Society will take place on Saturday 12 November and will be an online event via Zoom. It will be available to all paid up members (€40/£40 with a reduced rate for students €15/£15) and also to persons who chose to purchase a 1–day membership (€10/£10).  The link to the conference will be sent automatically c. 24–48 hours before the event to everyone on the membership list. 

The conference will start at the earlier time of 10.30am when Prof Ann Lodge will talk on ‘”Reluctant progression”: the story of primary teacher education in the Church of Ireland tradition from 1922 to 2022’ followed at 11.15am by Dr Robbie Roulston on ‘”Universal Church” or “Protestant Church”: competing articulations of the Church of Ireland voice in mid–twentieth century Ireland’. The final paper in the morning session will be given at 12 noon by Prof Brian Walker whose topic will be ‘Protestant experiences during the revolutionary period as recorded in Church of Ireland synod reports, 1919–1923’.

After lunch, at 1.30pm, Stephen Heffernan will speak on ‘Four bullets and a bone of contention – the killing of Henry Colclough, 1923’ followed at 2.15pm by Dr Ian d’Alton on ‘Guests of the nation? The southern Irish Protestant condition through the lens of literature’. The conference will conclude with at paper at 2.50pm by Dr Ida Milne on ‘Southern Protestantism, a personal perspective’.

With the approach of Advent, Church of Ireland Publishing has announced that Sunday and Weekday Readings 2023, compiled by the Revd Ken Rue, is now available. It may be obtained from the Church of Ireland’s online bookstore (https://store.ireland.anglican.org) or from Richard Ryan at the Book Well, Belfast (email: info@thebookwell.co.uk; mobile: 07581 143 596). The price is £3.50/€4.00 per booklet.


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