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Huguenot Commemoration

In St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, at Evensong, tomorrow (Sunday) the annual Huguenot Commemoration, which is held in association with the Irish Section of the Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland, will take place. The address will be given by Dr Jason McElligott, Director of Marsh’s Library. Evensong begins at 3.15pm.

Next month Marsh’s Library will mark the 300th anniversary of the death of its first Keeper, Elie Bouhéreau, with a three–day international conference on the topic of Huguenot culture and exile in the early modern period, entitled ‘Elie Bouhéreau and the World of the Huguenots’. During the conference, an edition of Bouhéreau’s French–language diary (1689–1719) and his financial accounts (1704–17), with an English translation, which has been published by the Irish Manuscripts Commission, will be launched by the French Ambassador in the Lady Chapel of St Patrick’s cathedral, which was a place of Huguenot worship. Bouhéreau’s diary, which has been edited by Marie Léoutre, Jane McKee, Jean–Paul Pittion and Amy Prendergast, is among his papers which are in Marsh’s Library.

Another important focus for Huguenot research is the RCB Library which, by agreement with the Huguenot Society, is the Irish Huguenot Library. A growing body of archives, manuscripts, pamphlets, periodicals and printed books is regularly augmented by gifts and by new publications which are purchased for the Library by the Huguenot Society.

BBC Radio Ulster’s Morning Service tomorrow (Sunday) will be broadcast from St Bartholomew’s Church, Stranmillis, Belfast.  The  service will begin at 10.15am and preacher will be the rector, Canon Kevin Graham.  In St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh, there will be a recital by the Choir of King’s College School, Wimbledon, at 4.15pm, following Evensong. The Choir will sing works by Thomas Tallis, Victoria, Johannes Eccard, Charles Stanford, Charles  Parry, Peter Hurford and Armagh’s own Charles Wood.  Admission is free, with donations to the Choir Fund of Armagh Cathedral greatly appreciated.

On Wednesday the Cashel, Ferns & Ossory Diocesan Synod will take place in the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow, while in An Grianan Hotel, Burt, the Derry & Raphoe Diocesan Synod will meet.

On Thursday there will be a  Lunchtime Healing Service in St. Macartin’s Cathedral Hall, Enniskillen, from 1.00–1.35pm, led by Canon Henry Blair.

The Annual Seminar of Affirming Catholicism Ireland will take place on Saturday 26th October in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute. The subject is ‘Reconciliation’ and the speakers are the Revd Earl Storey, recently retired editor of the Church of Ireland Gazette, and Revd Dr Alex Wimberley, the newly appointed Director at Corrymeela.  Registration begins at 10.30 and costs £20/€20 including lunch. The day will finish with Evening Prayer at 3.30. To reserve a place, please email affcathire@gmail.com

Eco–Congregation Ireland’s latest newsletter highlights examples of environmental projects undertaken by churches across the island of Ireland. It covers several Church of Ireland and inter–church initiatives, including practical actions to reduce Rathfarnham parish church’s environmental footprint, a town hall event in Westport (organised by the local Catholic and Church of Ireland parishes), and the Church’s stand at the recent National Ploughing Championships.

The Church of Ireland Gazette (www.gazette.anglican.org), now edited by Karen Bushby, has moved from being a weekly paper to a full colour periodical. It aims to cover the full gamut of church life – stories, heritage, music and worship, prayer, young people, tributes, views books and much more. Subscribers may order on–line and receive ten paper editions of the Gazette posted to their homes. Just log on to gazette.ireland.anglican.org/subscribe, and become informed.

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