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Gaza Appeal 

Funds raised by Dublin & Glendalough’s ‘Shine a Light for the Diocese of Jerusalem’ appeal will focus on reconstruction and the diocese’s ministries which will support people impacted by the Israel–Gaza war once the war has ended. Following discussions with representatives of the Diocese of Jerusalem, it has been agreed that the funds should be used to support the diocese in the post–war period.

People around the world are responding to the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem’s call for support. This is mirrored by the generous response to the appeal which has been running since shortly after the outbreak of war. The appeal will continue until 2 February – the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem.

Previous appeals by the Dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough have raised funds for Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City. At the moment the Diocese of Jerusalem is able to transfer funds through banks for short–term needs, such as staff payments. Agencies, including the World Health Organisation, have been delivering medical supplies.

The appeal target is €250,000. Funds required for the repair of solar panels to secure energy supply, restoration of the cancer centre to enable local response and treatment, and provide trauma services for children. Donations can be made to: Diocesan Funds of Dublin and Glendalough No 1 A/C Current Account, Bank of Ireland, 2 COLLEGE GREEN DUBLIN 2 IBAN: IE50 BOFI 9000 1769 3548 78, BIC: BOFIIE2D. Cheques may be sent to Diocesan Offices of Dublin and Glendalough, Church of Ireland House, Church Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin 6, D06 CF67.

The next round of applications for CIYD’s Young Leaders In Ministry Fund is now open and the closing date for this is Friday, 26 January. 

The fund is open to young people aged between 15 and 25 years who can demonstrate a current involvement in the Church of Ireland. It seeks to support training and development courses, mission teams, leadership opportunities, and placements that can be shown to significantly develop the faith of the young adult applicant, grow the skills of the applicant especially, but not confined to, leadership skills; and be of significant use to the ministry of the Church of Ireland in the 12 months following the completion of the opportunity.

Encouraging applications, National Youth Officer Simon Henry says, “As we start 2024, CIYD wants to encourage young people and their leaders to engage with the broad range of opportunities out there – whether that’s serving God abroad or locally on a summer team, a starter qualification in youth ministry, or an internship programme – and to realise this Fund exists for them, to support and develop their faith and skills as they seek to serve Jesus.”

Application information is available at admin@ciyd.org

The Bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory, the Rt Revd Adrian Wilkinson, and his Roman Catholic counterpart in Ossory, Bishop Niall Coll, will be travelling together to Rome and then on to Canterbury for the meeting of International Anglican–Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission. This week–long pilgrimage starts on Monday and this time brings together pairs of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops from 27 different countries from across the globe. They have been asked to be the participating bishops from Ireland.

The Dublin & Glendalough Diocesan Clergy Conference will take place in the River Court Hotel, Kilkenny, from Monday until Wednesday.

On Thursday the Archbishop of Dublin will give a talk on the subject of Orthodoxy to the students in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute.

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