Added on 28/07/2012
Saturday 28 July 2012
The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has appointed Mr Graham Richards as a lay Canon of Armagh. Mr Richards succeeds to the stall formerly occupied by the late Canon J.L.B. Deane. Armagh Cathedral has six Lay Canons – the first were appointed in 1997 and Mr Richards will be the eleventh to take up office.
Mr Richards, who is a Consultant with the law firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice in Dublin, has a distinguished record of service in the Church of Ireland. A parishioner of Sandford, he is a member of the Dublin Diocesan and General Synods. He has been a member of several of the Church’s important central committees since the 1980s, having first been elected to the Representative Church Body in 1982. He is currently Chairman of the RCB Allocations Committee, and for the past 25 years a member of its Executive Committee.
He was involved in Church youth work from 1966, culminating in his election as Chairman of the Church of Ireland Youth Council from 1979 to 1982. He served on the General Synod Board of Education for 15 years, and is Chairman of the Incorporated Society, which comprises Bandon Grammar School, Dundalk Grammar School, Kilkenny College and Sligo Grammar School. He has been a Governor of Wilson’s Hospital School since 1979. Mr Richards also plays a prominent part in the work of Protestant Aid and the Brabazon Trust, where has been Chairman since 1986.
The Rector of Drumcondra, North Strand & St Barnabas, the Revd Roy Byrne has been appointed a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, while the Revd Paul Arbuthnot, curate of Glenageary, has been appointed as Precentor of St Alban’s cathedral.
The Ven. Robert Warren has been appointed rector of Taney, the largest parish in the Republic of Ireland. He is currently Archdeacon of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe and Rector of the Tralee union of parishes. Ordained in 1978, he has been curate of St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, rector of Adare and, since 1988, rector of the vast parish of Tralee, Ballymacelligott and Dingle. In addition, as archdeacon, diocesan secretary and registrar of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe Diocese, and as secretary to the Diocesan Board of Education, he has a considerable experience of church administration. His community commitment is epitomised by his role in the Rotary movement of which he was District Governor for Ireland 2001–02.
Canon Mark Gardner has been appointed rector of the newly established parish of St Catherine and St James and St Audoen. The new parish was formerly the St Patrick’s Cathedral Group of parishes with Canon Gardner as its vicar. As result of legislation passed at General Synod, it became a parish in its own right following the retirement of the Very Revd Robert MacCarthy as Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Tomorrow (Sunday) the Carragaline union of parishes will join in a united Choral Eucharist at 10 am in St John’s church, Monkstown in celebration of the 180th anniversary of the consecration of the church, The preacher will be Canon Patrick Comerford from the Church of Ireland Theological Institute.
Next Wednesday and Thursday the services in St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, will be sung by the choir of St George’s church, Belfast, an on Thursday evening the ensemble, Gato Azul, will perform at the St Barrahane’s Church Festival of Music in Castletownshend, Co. Cork.
In St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, on Friday the Sutton Chorale will give a lunchtime concert of pieces by Rutter, Wesley and Vaughan Williams.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’