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CMSI Visit to Burundi

The Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson, together with CMS Ireland’s Mission Director, Jenny Smyth, and the Revd Dr Paddy McGlinchey, from the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, have been on partner visit to Burundi.

The first part of their programme saw the team spending time with CMSI’s partners in the Diocese of Matana, where they visited various mission projects. As part of their partnership links through CMSI, a number of Church of Ireland parishes support theological education in Matana. In Matana and its neighbouring diocese of Makamba, the team also visited a Christian Aid programme that is supported by the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. Time was spent at Bujumbura Christian University in Burundi’s capital city where Archbishop Jackson and Dr McGlinchey led teaching sessions around the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission.

This visit to Burundi is the latest expression of CMSI’s commitment to make connections between different parts of the worldwide Church. Visits – in both directions – are a central part of this approach. CMSI helps teams, individuals and Church leaders spend time together and learn how to support one another in mission.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the 11am Eucharist and the 15.30 Evensong in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, will be sung by the Choir of Trinity Episcopal cathedral, South Carolina, while in St Patrick’s cathedral, St. Martin’s Episcopal Choir from Houston, Texas, will sing the 11.15am Choral Eucharist and the 3.15pm Choral Evensong.

The ‘Music in Calary’ series in Calary parish church, Co. Wicklow, will continue tomorrow (Sunday) when Lorna Breen (soprano), Andrew Gavin (tenor) and Mairead Hurley (accompanist) will perform opera arias, Irish airs and pieces by Gilbert and Sullivan. Andrew Gavin and Lorna Breen are two of the most talented young Irish singers. They both hold Royal Irish Academy of Music’s Masters Degree in Performance with distinction and both have won many awards at the Dublin Feis Cheoil. This concert is being held to raise much needed funds to support Sister Mary Killeen’s work for street children in the slums of Nairobi and there is the option of supper in the Church Room before the concert starts. The supper will begin at 6pm sharp and the concert will start at 8pm. Tickets for the supper and concert are €40 while those for the concert on its own will be €18 and €15 for concessions. They can be booked by ringing John (01) 2818146 or emailing derekneilson@eircom.net

On Thursday the lunchtime recital in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, will be given by the CUE Choral Ambassadors from the USA, directed by Randolph Edwards.

‘Summer Music at Sandford’ continues in Sandford parish church, Ranelagh, each Friday with the recitals beginning at 1.10 pm. Next Friday there will be an organ recital by Simon Stroughair.

A correction has been received regarding the leader of the Irish College of Preachers Conference 2018, which was reported in 7th July’s Notes. The conference will take place in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute from 5 to 7 September. It is designed to be a practical help and resource to preachers, either ordained or lay. The Venerable Andrew Forster will lead the conference this year. Andrew Forster is Archdeacon of Ardboe in Armagh Diocese. He has served in the Dioceses of Down & Dromore, Kilmore and Armagh and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Representative Church Body, the trustee body for the Church of Ireland. He is a respected pastor and preacher. Details of the conference may be obtained from Bishop Ferran Glenfield at bishop@kilmore.anglican.org