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News Briefing

For Saturday 16th June 2001

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Ordination Season in Full Swing

Today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday) will see the largest tranche of ordinations this year as sixteen deacons are made and three deacons raised to the priesthood.

In St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, today (Saturday) the Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Robin Eames, will ordain to the priesthood the Revd Hilary Dungan, the Revd David Luckman and the Revd Alan Millar who are curates in Armagh, Portadown and Dungannon respectively.

Tomorrow (Sunday) in Christ Church Cathedral, Sonia Gyles, Francois-Xavier Murenzi, Sandra Pragnell and Olivia Williams will be made deacons by the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Walton Empey, while in Belfast Cathedral, the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Revd James Moore, will ordain David Gillespie, Moreen Hutchinson, Trevor Johnston, Edith Quirey and William Stewart to the diaconate. The largest ordination will be in the Dioceses of Down and Dromore where Bishop Harold Miller will make seven deacons, Elizabeth Hanna, Bruce Hayes, Bryan Martin, William Orr, Brian Parker, Karl Teggarty and Arthur Young, in Shankill parish church, Lurgan.

Today (Saturday) the Dean's Gift Day will be held in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, where the proceeds will be put towards the installation of visitors' toilets at the bottom of the Minot Tower. The project is calculated to cost some IR£135,000 and those who are unable to come to the cathedral are invited to send donations to the St Patrick's Cathedral Office, 35A Upper Kevin Street, Dublin 2.

Tomorrow (Sunday) evening the Fingal Choral Festival will be held in the Church of St John the Baptist, Clontarf. The festival will take the form of a Songs of Praise with hymns from the new Church Hymnal and music will be provided by the St George's Brass Band.

On Tuesday the Standing Committee of the General Synod and the Executive Committee of the Representative Church Body will meet in Dublin where the bishops will meet on Wednesday.

The Wednesday evening organ recital in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, will be given by Simon Harrison, Organ Scholar in Trinity College, Dublin, and on Thursday there will be a Musical Evening in St George's Church, Belfast in aid of the choir funds.

On Friday evening the Archbishop of Dublin will institute the Revd Alan Rufli to the Holmpatrick group of parishes, while in Ballisodare, Co. Sligo, the Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, the Rt Revd Richard Henderson, will institute the Revd Richard Dadswell as rector.

A new era opens in the life and witness of St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, on Friday evening when the Bishop of Connor and the Bishop of Down and Dromore, will install Dr Houston McKelvey as Dean of Belfast. Dr McKelvey brings to his new position an intimate knowledge of the city of Belfast gleaned as a boy in RBAI, a student in Queen's, and, in the 1970s, as Rector of Kilmakee, a challenging parish on the edge of the city. He has much experience of broadcasting and journalism and is a former editor of the Church of Ireland Gazette. Since 1982 his particular focus has been the sphere of education in which, as Secretary to the Board of Education (Northern Ireland), he has been a formative figure.

The Dioceses of Cashel, Ossory and Ferns have completely revised and updated their diocesan website which may be found at http://www.cashel.anglican.org  The site includes a directory of clergy, schools and diocesan contact addresses; times of church services; information of local events; and a link with the Diocese of Lund. The website coordinator is the Revd Philip Heak, 2 The Colonade, St Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny.

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