Appointment of New Dean of Cloyne
The appointment of Canon Susan Green as Incumbent of the Cloyne Union of Parishes, in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, is announced. Canon Green is currently the Church of Ireland Chaplain at Kilkenny College.
The Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, has also announced that he intends to appoint Canon Green as the new Dean of Cloyne in succession to Canon Alan Marley who is now Church of Ireland Chaplain at University College Cork.
Susan Green grew up in a busy family home in Glenageary, Co. Dublin, the fourth of five children. She attended Newpark Comprehensive School. She studied Biblical Studies and Sociology in Trinity College Dublin followed by a H.Dip. in Education, and theological college. She was ordained deacon in 1992 and priest in 1993. While studying in TCD she also taught RE in Rathdown School.
She served her curacy in All Saints, Antrim, from 1992–1995. This was followed by five years as Diocesan Youth Officer in Cashel and Ossory Dioceses. On moving to Dublin in 2000, she worked as Hospital Chaplain in Tallaght Hospital (2000–2010). In 2010 she returned to Cashel and Ossory Diocese and took up a post as School Chaplain in Kilkenny College. She has also been a member of Diocesan Council, General Synod, and Standing Committee, and diocesan committees to do mostly with education, youth work and communication. During her time in Kilkenny College a new chapel was built, situated at the heart of the school.
In all these roles her focus has been on developing relationships, communication and growing community. Susan is married to Andrew Orr and they have three children, Rachel (21), Patrick (19) and Ciara (17).
Susan is delighted to be taking on this role. She says: ‘I’m thrilled at the prospect of being rector of the Cloyne Union, and very much looking forward to getting to know both the people and the area. At the same time, I am truly sad to complete my time with both Kilkenny College and the Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory which have been so wonderful to work and minister in, with supportive people and a fabulous Bishop.
‘As we turn our eyes southward we know that we will find a new spiritual home and a vibrant and welcoming diocese and Bishop.’
Bishop Paul Colton says: ‘I am delighted that Susan Green will be taking on the incumbency of Cloyne Union which is centred on the town of Midleton, County Cork, with its extensive and busy East Cork hinterland, and is now, in many ways, part of the region increasingly being referred to as the metropolitan Cork area. It is an important parish in the Diocese, and Susan Green will bring her experience as well as her many, many gifts to bear on her new ministry here.
‘In her role as Dean of Cloyne, Susan will contribute much, not only to that historic Cathedral, but also to our work together throughout Cork, Cloyne and Ross.’