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Monthly Gazette launched

The printed and on–line versions of the Church of Ireland Gazette have been launched in magazine format, as a monthly publication. The online edition was published on 8 January, with the paper copy appearing on 11 January.

World famous author Philip Yancey has contributed columns for the first three editions of its new monthly magazine format in 2019. Fifteen million copies of Philip Yancey’s books are now in print worldwide and he appeals right across the spectrum of Christian readers. As well, the Gazette will include news, articles, and news from around the world.

The newly launched monthly Gazette has been welcomed by both the Archbishop of Armagh and the Archbishop of Dublin, while the Revd Earl Storey, editor of the Gazette, said: ‘The way we all receive news is constantly developing. We are indebted to those who have produced and supported the Gazette over many years. With a new monthly format, the board of Church of Ireland Press and the Gazette team are aiming to secure the very best future possible for the Gazette.’

From 1856 the Church of Ireland Gazette, published by the Church of Ireland Press, has provided a platform for the news and views of the Church on an all–Ireland basis, drawing together the people of the Church. Founded as a monthly journal, the Gazette became weekly in 1880.

The online and paper editions of the Gazette will be published in the second week of each month, with ten issues per year.

Tomorrow (Sunday) morning on RTÉ 1 television at 11 am, a service of Morning Prayer led by the Revd Lesley Robinson, with parishioners from St John the Baptist Church, Clontarf, will be broadcast. In the evening at 6pm on Lyric FM, the Lyric Feature will be a visit to an elegant building almost hidden in the city’s heart, St Werburgh’s church. The ‘elegant mid–C18 interior’ described by Professor Christine Casey in her seminal work, The buildings of Ireland: Dublin, and commended by Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch during last year’s Dublin Festival of History, is in serious need of restoration.

On Tuesday evening in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute Dr Brigid Nichols will launch the latest titles in the Braemor Studies series. Infertility to IVF: Theological, Pastoral and Ethical Insights for Couples and Clergy by the Revd Nigel Cairns and Mind and Ministry: To What Extent is Secular Psychotherapy Compatible with Christian Pastoral Care? by the Revd Rebecca Guildea. The series, which is devoted to the best of the final year dissertations in CITI, is published by Church of Ireland Publishing, and may be purchased via the Church of Ireland website.

The first book to chronicle the role of the Irish language in the history of the Church of Ireland, An Ghaeilge in Eaglais na hÉireann, has been re–published by Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise thirty years since it was written by Risteárd Giltrap, It is bi–lingual with the Irish and English text on opposite pages and will now be more accessible to Irish and English readers alike. Bibi Baskin, who like the author, taught Irish in Wesley College, Dublin, before becoming a broadcaster, will launch the book next Friday in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, at the conclusion of the ecumenical service in Irish to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, organised by Pobal an Aifrinn and Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise at which Canon Gary Hastings, Rector of Holy Trinity, Killiney, will be the preacher. The service begins at 8pm.