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News Briefing

For Saturday 2nd June 2001

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USPG to Meet in Maynooth

Tomorrow (Sunday), the Feast of Pentecost, the Bishop of Meath and Kildare, Dr Richard Clarke, will celebrate the Eucharist and preach at the opening of the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel's international conference in Maynooth. The conference, entitled "Venture Fourth" to mark the beginning of its fourth century of activity, is intended as an opportunity for USPG to listen to the voice of the world wide church as it seeks to discern the ways in which it should be working in the 21st century.

USPG is one of the leading Anglican missionary societies. It was founded in 1965 with the amalgamation of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel and the (Anglican) Universities Mission to Central Africa but traces its roots to the establishment of SPG in 1791.

Today (Saturday) The Church of Ireland Men's Society will have its annual outing. This year the Society will visit Downpatrick where there will be a celebration of the Eucharist in Down Cathedral, a talk on the history of the cathedral and a visit to the St Patrick Centre. The choir of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, will begin a short tour to Limerick where, in St Michael's Church, they will sing at the Vigil Mass and later give a concert of works by Byrd, Wood, Stanford and Tippett among others. Tomorrow (Sunday) morning they will sing at the Eucharist in St Mary's Cathedral, where in the evening the Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe, the Rt Revd Michael Mayes will ordain Mr Alan Matchett to the diaconate to serve as curate in the Limerick city parish.

Tomorrow (Sunday) evening in St Colman's Church, Dunmurry, the former Bishop of Connor, Dr Samuel Poyntz, will preach at the Lisburn and Derriaghy Rural Deanery Choral Festival. There will be more music on Wednesday evening when David Leigh, Assistant Organist in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, will give a recital in the cathedral at 6.30 pm with a Pentecost theme, and on Thursday there will be a lunchtime recital in St Patrick's by Camerata Allalachia. In the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Cashel, on Friday morning at 11.30 am, the Cashel Diocesan Choral Festival for Schools will be held at which the preacher will be Ms Margaret Kingston, Diocesan Reader.

The Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Robin Eames, will be in England on Friday when he will deliver the annual Joseph Winter Lecture in the Diocese of Wakefield. In Dublin, St John's Church, Sandymount, will be the venue for a celebration of the life and work of Percy French presented by the Percy French Society. Performances on Friday and Saturday nights will be in aid of the St John's Restoration Fund and details may be had by telephoning 01-2886288/2838039.

The Church of Ireland Gazette is seeking an editor to succeed Canon Cecil Cooper who is to retire in September. The new editor should have a broad understanding of Ireland, the Church of Ireland and the Anglican Communion. He or she will be expected to motivate and liase with the staff, and the production team, have modern communication skills and write with flair and originality on church issues. The post is part time and remunerated and applications, by 15 June, should be sent to the Revd Robert Whiteside, Secretary, Church of Ireland Press Ltd, 26 Bachelors Walk, Lisburn, BT28 1XN. Email: Church of Ireland Gazette

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