Added on 15/12/2012
15 December 2012
of Archbishop of Armagh
This afternoon (Saturday) in St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh, the Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke will be enthroned as Archbishop of Armagh. The service will be one of Choral Evensong and the address will be given by the new archbishop after his enthronement. Beginning at 3pm the service will be broadcast by BBC Radio Ulster on medium wave 1455.
Dr Clarke brings an impressive range of experiences and talents to the primacy. Curacies in the dioceses of Down and Dublin and a period as Dean of Residence in Trinity College preceded his appointment as Rector of the Bandon union of parishes, one of the largest and most vibrant parishes in the Republic of Ireland. As Dean of Cork from 1993 to 1996, he was responsible not only for St Fin Barre’s cathedral but was also rector of the associated parishes and chaplain in UCC. In 1996 he was elected as Bishop of Meath & Kildare.
In addition to his pastoral responsibilities Dr Clarke has also played his part in the councils of the church. A former honorary secretary of the Literature Committee and a former chairman of the Central Communications Board, he is the current chairman of the Commission for Christian Unity and Dialogue and has recently completed a term of office as President of the Irish Council of Churches.
He writes regularly for Irish theological journals and has published two books of theological reflection, And is it true?: truth, God and no–man’s land and A whisper of God: essays on post–Catholic Ireland and the Christian future as well as a study of Archbishop Richard Whately.
Today (Saturday) the Belfast Cathedral Black Santa sit out for charity will begin led by the Dean of Belfast, the Very Revd John Mann. In Dublin at 2.30pm the Diocesan Council for Mission and the Archdiocese Office for Evangelisation & Ecumenism will present ecumenical carol singing on the steps of Dublin’s Mansion House. Music will come from by St. Ultan’s National School & Orchestra, the Cherry Orchard Community Singers and traditional musician Paddy Moloney. Seasonal readings will be given by the Lord Mayor, Ronan Johnston (Spirit Radio) and Joy Gordon (Diocesan President of the Mothers’ Union). All are invited to join in singing the old favourite carols alongside the live animal crib. This evening (Saturday) at 7.30 in St George & St Thomas’ church, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin, the Discovery Gospel Choir will give a Christmas Concert.
Tomorrow (Sunday) in Dublin there will be a service of Carols for All in St Patrick’s cathedral at 3.15pm while at 3.30pm in Christ Church cathedral there will be a service of Five Lessons and Carols. At 7pm in St Ann’s church, Dawson Street, the Civic Carol Service will be held where the readers will include the Lord Mayor, the Archbishop of Dublin and Fergus Finlay, Chief Executive of Barnardos.
On Monday afternoon at 2pm in Dawson Street the Lord Mayor and the Archbishop of Dublin, with the Kildare Place School Choir and members of the Irish Paralympic Team, will launch the St Ann’s Clergy Annual Sit–Out 4 Charity which will continue until Christmas Eve. At 8pm the Dublin Diocesan Service of Nine Lessons and Carols will be held in Christ Church cathedral – free tickets may be had from the cathedral office.
On Tuesday evening the Bishop of Derry & Raphoe will institute the Revd Colin Welsh as Rector of Castledawson. Mr Welsh has been curate of Jordanstown in the Diocese of Connor since his ordination in 2009.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’