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CMH:I Anniversary

This year, the Church’s Ministry of Healing: Ireland celebrates its 90th anniversary. CMH:I exists to practise and promote Christ’s example of well–being, compassion, forgiveness sand reconciliation in order to nurture inward peace in ourselves and others.

It was established in the Church of Ireland by the Revd Noel Waring in 1932, with strong support and encouragement from the then Archbishop of Dublin, Dr John Gregg. Over the years, CMH has been instrumental in developing and encouraging this important dimension of the Church’s wider ministry throughout Ireland. As well as its Dublin base, it developed a centre at The Mount in Belfast and other diocesan centres were established. Today, CMH:The Mount is an independent company but CMH:Ireland continues to work collaboratively with it and with all the dioceses and parishes in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Tomorrow, (Sunday)  at 11 am, RTÉ will broadcast a service of celebration of wholeness and healing recorded by CMH:I. The service will be led by Canon Lesley Robinson, Chairperson of CMH:I, who will also preach.. The music will be provided by students of TU Dublin Conservatoire.

Any parishes who would like to hold their own service of celebration of wholeness and healing should contact catherine@ministryofhealing.ie. Information on setting up healing prayer groups and on quiet days and retreats is also available.

CMH:I is delighted to lead this year’s Advent Retreat at the request of the Commission on Ministry. It will take place in Mount St Anne’s Retreat Centre, Portarlington, Co. Laois, and is open to anyone who needs rest, healing, and quietness at this time of year. It will run from the evening of Thursday 10 November to lunchtime on Saturday 12 November. The cost will be €150 for accommodation and meals. To book a place, or to be added to the Ministry of Healing mailing list or healing prayer list please contact catherine@ministryofhealing.ie

Dr Catherine Smith is the Operations Executive of Church’s Ministry of Healing: Ireland,  Egan House, St Michan’s Church, Church St, Dublin 7, D07 X865 (T: +353 1872 7876, W: www.ministryofhealing.ie).

Zion Church, Rathgar, opened for worship on All Saints Day, 1861. The parish celebrates this each year with appropriate liturgy and music. This year the celebration will be tomorrow (Sunday) at 10.30 am.

A lasting, fixed memorial, which is non–religious and as inclusive as possible, to remember those who died during the pandemic as well as those who served on the front line, has been installed in the grounds of St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, through generous support from Limerick City & County Council. It will be unveiled by the Mayor, Cllr Francis Foley, on Tuesday at 2.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

An EGM of the Sunday School Society of Ireland will be held by Zoom to discuss the Society’s future, on Tuesday at 4.15pm. Please email the Chairman, the Very Revd Niall Sloane, at dean@limerick.anglican.org if you wish to receive an invitation  to the EGM.

The Dean of Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, the Very Revd Dermot Dunne, has announced that the Revd Dr Edwin Aiken, intern deacon in Holmpatrick parish, Skerries. has been appointed as Dean’s Vicar in succession to the Revd Abigail Sines. Before training at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, he was an academic with special interests in the relationship between science and religion in the nineteenth century, the history of ideas and the historical geography of the Holy Land. Dr Aiken will be ordained to the priesthood on Sunday 20 November.

Church of Ireland Notes

Published in the Saturday edition of The Irish Times


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