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DUMNC Visit to North India

The Archbishop of Dublin,, Dr Michael Jackson, has been visiting the Diocese of Chota Nagpur in India with Canon Maurice Elliott, Director of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, the Revd Steve Brunn, Dean of Residence and Church of Ireland Chaplain at Trinity College, Dublin, and Dr Kerry Houston. The visit was organised under the auspices of the Dublin University Mission to Chota Nagpur.

The group has visited Hazaribagh, where much of the sustained activity of the DUMCN was centred. St Stephen’s church is a thriving parish and contains lists of the men and the women who served DUMCN from the inception of the Mission in 1892.

To many in the Church of Ireland, St Columba’s Hospital is synonymous with the Mission and countless generations of people in parishes across the church have supported its work. It has gone through very difficult times and seems to be turning a corner. It has plans to develop a School of Nursing on site and is once again beginning to contribute to the needs of the local population. It has been there for one hundred and thirty years and was described as the anchor of Hazaribagh.

St Audoen’s Society of Bellringers, meeting at St Audoen’s church, Cornmarket, near High Street, Dublin, invite you to join them today (Saturday) in celebrating the 600th anniversary of the church’s three medieval bells, which were cast in 1423. There will be ringing from 2.00pm, followed by a Service at 4.30pm when the preacher will be the Dean of St Patrick’s cathedral, Dr William Morton. Refreshments will be served in the church during the ringing. St Audoen’s is the last remaining medieval parish church in the city of Dublin.

This evening (Saturday) at 6pm, the Exonian Choir will sing in St Brigid’s cathedral, Kildare. The Exonian Choir is formed of past choristers of Exeter College in Oxford University.

Tomorrow (Sunday) in St Ann’s church, Dublin, there will be a recital at 12.45pm when Valentine Laporte and Danusia Oslizlok will perform works by Locatelli, Vasks, Debussy, Bonis and Enesco.

The Revd Luke Pratt has been appointed as Bishop’s Curate of the Drumcliffe group of parishes in Co. Sligo. A native of Ballyhaunis, in 2014 he moved to his wife’s hometown of Santiago, Chile. He trained at the Anglican Centre for Pastoral Studies in Santiago and was ordained as deacon in June of this year. Mr Pratt will be welcomed to his new position at a service tomorrow (Sunday).

This year marks the centenary of the foundation of the Irish Council of Churches and 50 years since the historic Ballymascanlon Talks which led to the establishment of the Irish Inter–Church Meeting. Marking these events, a symposium, ‘Being Churches Together in 21st Century Ireland’, will be held on Thursday 7 September at The Helix in Dublin City University. Further information can be found online at www.irishchurches.org/events where registration details are available. The proceedings will include the launch of a history of the ecumenical organisations, Called to be One, written by Canon Ian Ellis, a lifelong ecumenist and former editor of The Church of Ireland Gazette.

It is hoped by Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise – The Irish Guild of the Church – to reestablish a regular monthly Service in Irish, in Dublin, starting in the autumn.  The Guild is very grateful to the clergy, with Irish, within the Diocese of Dublin & Glendalough, who are willing to take these Services.  They look forward to welcoming everyone who would like to attend.


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