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Saturday 25 May 2013

Rebranding of USPG
Africa’s first Anglican woman bishop will be in Ireland next week to join the celebrations marking the rebranding of USPG as the United Society – Us. The Rt Revd Ellinah Wamukoya, Bishop of Swaziland, will preach at a special service of Holy Communion in St Michan’s church, Dublin on Wednesday at 7.30 pm. Bishop Ellinah was consecrated last November and her visit to Ireland will be her first official trip overseas. The Archbishop of Armagh will preside at the service which also marks the organisation’s new home in Egan House, St Michan’s Church, Church Street, Dublin 7.

Us. is the new name for the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel – an organisation which works in direct partnership with Anglican Churches in over fifty countries, helping to support vital work, including healthcare, education, leadership training and action for social justice. Us. in Ireland works directly with the Diocese of Swaziland where they have been building up strong networks over the last five years working with all members of the community.

The Anglican Church in Swaziland works to respond to the huge difficulties faced by the country. However, the church has few resources and currently relies on overseas donations to run its programmes which include local care points and feeding stations for the many child–headed households. Life skills training is provided for young people.

Today (Saturday)  the Bishop of Cork will give the keynote address at a diocesan conference, ‘Connecting with Communities’, in St Luke’s Home Education Centre. The Irish Genealogical Research Society will have an Open Day in Dublin City Library & Archives, Pearse Street. Among the speakers will be Mark Williams, whose Anglican Record Project includes transcriptions of Church of Ireland parish registers. These are hosted on the RCB Library pages of the Church of Ireland website.

Tomorrow (Sunday) BBC Songs of Praise will be broadcast from St Macartin’s cathedral, Enniskillen. The Archbishop of Dublin will preside at the GFS service in Redcross while in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, the preacher at the Patronal Festival Eucharist will be the Revd Nancy Gosling from Connecticut who is on a sabbatical from the Episcopal Church in the USA.  An Open Air Service of Praise will be held at St Doulagh’s church, Balgriffin, at 3.30pm with music from the 1st Dublin Coy BB Brass Band and the Conservative Male Voice Choir. In St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh at 4.15pm the William Lauder memorial organ recital will be given by Adrian McLaughlin while in St Pappan’s church, Santry, at 7.30pm, the Revd David Oxley will conduct a concert by the Tullow Singers in aid of Finglas parish funds.

On Tuesday the Meath & Kildare Electoral College will re–convene in Christ Church cathedral Dublin, to elect a successor to Dr Richard Clarke, now Archbishop of Armagh.

The lunchtime recital in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick in Wednesday will be given by Helen Houlihan (soprano) and Irina Dernova (piano) and on Thursday in Dublin the Assistant Organist of St Patrick’s cathedral, David Leigh, will give a recital in Whitefriars Street church at 8pm

The new Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh, the Revd Ferran Glenfield, will be consecrated in St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh next Friday. He was ordained in 1991 and served as curate and a rector in the Diocese of Cork before his appointment as Rector of Kill o’ the Grange , Dublin, in 1996 Since 2012 he has been Rector of Hillsborough in the Diocese of Down.


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