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Greg Fromholz behind the scenes at the Pope’s visit

Greg Fromholz, Dublin and Glendalough’s Coordinator for Young Adults, will be the speaker at the Biblical Association for the Church of Ireland’s Autumn Lecture preceding its AGM tomorrow (Saturday) in Holy Trinity church, Rathmines, where he also leads the Rubicon team.

His title, ‘Cable Ties & Icons: Ecumenism behind the Scenes at the Pope’s Visit to Ireland’, refers to his work for the World Meeting of Families as co–ordinator of performers and artists taking part in the WMOF presentations at the RDS Family Arena and at the Pope’s Mass in the Phoenix Park. He writes: ‘I was involved with everything from booking the artists, including Protestant NI band (Rend Collective) to play at the Papal Mass to overseeing the relics and icons at the Mass – including cable tying them down as the Pope was fast approaching. Also co–creating the pre– and post– programmes of the Mass and the main stage RDS programme at the WMOF, as well as serving in a myriad of consultation roles throughout the week’. The biblical principles of service and trust applied at every turn, he remarks.

All are most welcome to attend the lecture. Admission is free to members; €5 for others. Coffee and registration 10am, address followed by discussion at 10.30am, with the AGM to follow.

Today (Saturday) at 5pm the Archbishop of Dublin will commission Diocesan Lay Readers in Christ Church cathedral and, also in Christ Church, tomorrow (Sunday) at 3.30pm he will ordain to the priesthood the Revd Dr Anne Lodge and the Revd Tom O’Brien.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the Bishop of Cork will preach at the services St Peter’s church, Formby, in the Diocese of Liverpool, where the rector is the Revd Anne Taylor, formerly of Rathfarnham parish in the Diocese of Dublin. In St Nicholas’ church, Millicent, there will be a united Harvest Festival for the parishes of Clane and Donadea at which the preacher will be the Very Revd Dr Robert MacCarthy.

On Monday morning at 10.15am the Annual New Law Term Service will be held in St Michan’s church, Dublin. The preacher will be the Revd Barry Forde, Dean of Residence in Queen’s University, Belfast, and the music will be led by the Choir of the King’s Hospital. The clergy of the Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory will begin their annual residential conference in Dungarvan where the guest speaker will be the Rt Revd David Hamid, one of the bishops of the Church of England in Europe.

In Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, on Monday evening at 6.30pm ‘What’s the Story?’ a series of talks on lives in direct provision, will begin and continue on 8 and 15 October. This series will provide an opportunity for those currently or previously in the direct provision system to share their experiences and reflect on the themes of family, home, and time.

On Wednesday the Connor Diocesan Synod will meet in Ballymena in St Patrick’s church, Kilconriola, and Ballymena Elim Pentecostal church.

In Sandford parish church, Ranelagh, on Thursday evening at 8pm, there will be a concert by the Garda Band and Garda Ladies Choir. Admission is free but donations towards the Organ Restoration Funds will be welcome.
On Friday the Bishop of Cork will preside at the institution of the Very Revd Susan Green as incumbent of the Cloyne union of parishes, followed by her installation as Dean of Cloyne. The preacher will be the Revd Katharine Poulton, Rector of Julianstown in the Diocese of Meath.