CHURCH OF IRELAND NOTES
For Saturday 6th October 2001
From: The RCB Library
Email: RCB Library
Celebrations in Armagh
Next week will see two major causes of celebration in
Armagh when both Church House and the Library will be officially reopened
after extensive renovations.
On Wednesday the Archbishop of Armagh will rededicate
Church House which will then be declared open by Lady Eames. The building
has been extensively renovated and modernised during the past year. Apart
from re-decoration, a new kitchen and elevator for the disabled have been
installed while the diocesan office has been extended. The Primate's rooms
have been renovated and a waiting room for visitors has been added. The
historic Synod Hall has also been renovated and the fine collection of
episcopal portraits re-hung. This work has been financed by the diocese,
contributions from the parishes and grants from the RCB.
On Friday the Library in Abbey Street, properly Armagh Public Library, where the Keeper is the Dean of
Armagh, the Very Revd Herbert Cassidy, will be re-opened. Extensive work to
restore the fabric of the building, largely financed by the Heritage Lottery
Fund, has been successfully completed. The Library was founded by Archbishop
Robinson in 1771 and, like Archbishop Marsh's Library in Dublin, was
established by act of parliament. It is fitting therefore, that the Keeper
of Marsh's Library, Dr Muriel McCarthy, who is also a lay canon of Armagh,
will perform the re-opening ceremony.
Tomorrow (Sunday) the Archbishop of Dublin will dedicate
the restored organ in St Bartholomew's parish church in the context of
Solemn Evensong at which the Bishop of Cashel and Ossory will preach.
On Tuesday the second part of the "Tuesdays in
Autumn" lunchtime lecture series, which has been jointly organized by
Dublin Corporation and Christ Church Cathedral, begins. In the first in a
series of talks on "2000 Years of Christianity" Professor Sean
Freyne (TCD) will speak on "The Birth of Christianity and the
Christianising of the Empire".
In Taney Parish Centre the Dublin and Glendalough
Diocesan Synod will begin on Tuesday evening and continue on Wednesday. The
synod will be preceded by the launch of Clergy of Dublin and Glendalough,
the latest in the series of published biographical succession lists of
clergy based on the work of the late Canon J.B. Leslie. The Dublin and
Glendalough volume has been edited by Ronnie Wallace, former Head of History
in the High School, and is published by the Ulster Historical Foundation.
Conceived as a millennium diocesan project the realization of this 1209 page
reference work is a testimony to the endeavour of the editor and to the
determination of the united dioceses to memorialise the bishops and clergy
who have faithfully served Dublin and Glendalough through the ages.
On Thursday the Cashel, Ossory, Waterford, Leighlin and
Lismore Diocesan Synod will be held in Kilkenny. In Maynooth the Bishop of
Meath and Kildare will speak on the Church of Ireland in the "Our
Common Christian Heritage" series of seminars while in St George and St
Thomas' Church, Dublin, the lunchtime speaker in the "I Believe"
series will be John Lonergan, Governor of Mountjoy Prison. An Inter-Faith
Service of Prayer for World Peace will be held in St Patrick's Cathedral,
Dublin, with representatives from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish
traditions. In the evening in St Michan's Church, Dublin, there will be a
concert by the Wuppertal Police Choir from Germany in aid of the All Saints,
Grangegorman Restoration Fund.
On Friday the Bishop of Meath and Kildare will institute
the Revd Lynda Peilow, formerly curate of St Ann's, Dublin, to the
incumbency of Clonsast union of parishes, Edenderry.
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