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Spring meeting of Church of Ireland Historical Society

The spring meeting of the Church of Ireland Historical Society will be held in the Armagh Robinson Library on Saturday 21 April, under the chairmanship of the Dean of Armagh, the Very Revd Gregory Dunstan. The day begins with registration and coffee at 10.30am.

In the morning session Dr Annaleigh Margey, who lectures in history in Dundalk IT, will speak on ‘Developing Londonderry: the London Companies and church infrastructure in the seventeenth century’. She will be followed by Matthew Houston, a doctoral student in Queen’s University, Belfast, who will give a research paper on ‘The great crusade? The Church of Ireland and interpretations of the Second World War, 1939–45’.

After lunch, Dr Myrtle Hill, Director of the Centre for Women’s Studies in QUB, will speak on ‘Votes for Women? Religion, reform and responsibility in the North, c. 1870–1914’, and the day will conclude with a lecture on ‘Accounting for Protestant de–population in County Longford, 1911–1926’ by Dr Marie Coleman who teaches 20th century history in Queen’s.

Intending participants can register online at
http://churchofirelandhist.org/membership Non-members are most welcome. They are asked to subscribe £7/€10 to assist with conference expenses (lunch not included).

Queries may be either addressed to the honorary secretary, Dr Adrian Empey, by email at secretary.coihs@gmail.com or via the Society’s website: http://churchofirelandhist.org

Tomorrow (Sunday) at 4pm Choral Evensong in St Macartin’s cathedral, Enniskillen, will take the form of a special service to mark the life of John Sullivan SJ. The Bishop of Clogher and both Archbishops of Dublin, and Archbishop Jackson will preach. Music will come form the choirs from Enniskillen Royal Grammar School, Clongowes Wood College and St Macartin’s cathedral.

John Sullivan came from a prominent Dublin family and boarded at Portora Royal School 150 years ago and attended worship in St Macartin’s cathedral. After 37 years as an Anglican, he was received into the Jesuit Order and spent most of the rest of his life in Clongowes Wood College as a teacher leading a life of prayer and service to others less fortunate than himself. He was a much–loved schoolmaster during his lifetime and his example has been an inspiration to successive generations. In May last year he was beatified by Pope Francis; the first time a beatification service had taken place in Ireland.

At Choral Evensong on Tuesday at 5.30pm in St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, almost €125,000 from the Cathedral’s Charitable Giving & Charity Fund will be distributed to a variety of organizations working in the areas of Christian faith in action, health & wellbeing, alleviation of suffering, community support, inclusivity, and education.

The lunchtime recital in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, on Wednesday will be given by students from Mary Immaculate College who will play works by Mozart, J.S. Bach, Handel, and Buckley with some Irish traditional tunes.

The Annual General Meeting of the Church Education Society will be held on Wednesday, 18 April 2018, at 4.15pm, in Church of Ireland House, Rathmines, Dublin 6.

On Friday evening at 8pm in Holy Trinity church, Killiney, the Archbishop of Dublin will institute the Revd Gary Hastings as Rector. Mr Hastings has been Archdeacon of Tuam since 2006 and Rector of Galway since 2009. In St Michael’s church, Killorglin, the Bishop of Limerick, Killaloe & Ardfert, Dr Kenneth Kearon, will preside at a service of welcome for the Revd Isabel Keegan and the Revd Ann–Marie Stuart. Both priests, who live in community as Franciscan nuns, will serve the Kilcolman union of parishes.