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CHURCH OF IRELAND NOTES
For Saturday 20th January 2001

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Consecration of Bishop of Kilmore

Last November at an electoral college in Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, the Ven Kenneth Clark was elected as Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh in succession to the Rt Revd Michael Mayes who is now Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe. On Thursday, in St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, Archdeacon Clarke will be consecrated a bishop and he will be enthroned in St Fethlimidh's Cathedral, Kilmore, on 18 February and in St Mary's Cathedral, Sligo, on 25 February.

The new bishop was ordained in 1972 and after curacies in Magheralin and Dundonald he worked with the Anglican Church in Chile as a missionary for the South American Missionary Society.

On his return to Ireland in 1981 he was appointed to Crinken, a trustee church in Co. Dublin, and in 1986 became Rector of Coleraine. Under his leadership Coleraine has developed into the numerically largest parish in the Church of Ireland and the church has been completely restored. Since 1998 he has, in addition to his parochial responsibilities, been Archdeacon of Dalriada while also retaining his interest in South America as chairman of SAMS (Ireland).

Clearly Bishop Clarke will bring an impressive range of skills and much valuable experience to his new ministry and the times ahead promise to be exciting for the people of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh.

Tomorrow (Sunday) morning RTE will broadcast Parish Communion from St Ann's Church, Dawson Street, Dublin, where the rector is Canon Adrian Empey. The Dean of Ross, the Very Revd Christopher Peters, will preach the last of the current series of chapter sermons in St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork, while in the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin, the preacher at the Sung Eucharist will be the Revd Dr Bert Tosh, Head of Religious Broadcasting in BBC Northern Ireland. The Bishop of Cashel and Ossory will visit Templemore. In Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, the Girls' Choir will sing Evensong when new choristers will be admitted.

As part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity the Revd Dr Johnston McMaster, a Methodist with the Irish School of Ecumenics in Belfast, will preach tomorrow (Sunday) in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, while the founding father of the ISE, Fr Michael Hurley SJ, will preach in Waterford Cathedral. On Monday the Chaplain of Trinity College, Dublin, Dr Alan McCormack, will be a speaker at the Greenhills Ecumenical Conference and on Thursday the Bishop of Meath and Kildare will speak at an ecumenical gathering in Kylemore Abbey. The Primus of the Episcopal Church of Scotland, the Most Revd Bruce Cameron, will preach at united services in St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast, on Tuesday and St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh on Wednesday.

The Standing Committee of the General Synod will meet in Church of Ireland House, Dublin, on Tuesday and the bishops will meet on Wednesday.

On Tuesday the European Cathedrals Conference will open in Dublin. The conference, which is being held in Ireland for the first time, has as its theme "The Cathedral as a Place of Unity". It will be based in Christ Church Cathedral but there will also be sessions in St Patrick's and St Mary's Pro-Cathedral. Each of the Dublin cathedral's "heads", the Dean of Christ Church, the Dean of St Patrick's and the Administrator of St Mary's, will speak as will the Administrator of St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast. There will be contributions also from the Bishop of Meath and Kildare and from Canon Kenneth Kearon, Director of the Irish School of Ecumenics. The involvement of Mark Duley and Andrew Johnstone will emphasise the important part which music plays in cathedral life.

Church of Ireland Notes appear in the Irish Times whose web site may be found at
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