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Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’

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Added on 09/03/2013

Search JournalSaturday 9 March 2013

New Issue of Search
The spring issue of the Church of Ireland journal, Search, has been published with a variety of topical matters under discussion and an interesting selection of books.

As the Church of Ireland still awaits the election of its first female bishop and the Church of England still wrestles with the issues of women bishops, an article by the former Archbishop of Dublin, Dr John Neill, on ‘Women and Leadership in the Church of Ireland’ is timely. The current preoccupation with human sexuality receives further attention, from the Dean of Limerick, the Very Revd Sandra Pragnell, while the Revd Jean Mayland, one of the first women priest in the Church of England, considers life after the Anglican Covenant, which has been another sources of much agonizing. These problems, and others, which confront the Anglican Communion, provide a context for the Revd Rob Clements, an intern deacon working in Rathfarnham, to reflect on the role of emotions.

Concern for the clergy is evident directly evident in two contributions. The Director of CITI, Dr Maurice Elliott, writes about ‘Self care for clergy; theology and practice’, while the Dean of Waterford, the Very Revd Maria Jannson reflects on a code of conduct for clergy.

The final article by the Dean of Derry, Dr William Morton, charts the development of the ministry St Columb’s cathedral – a particularly topical contribution as the cathedral is central to Derry’s role as UK City of Culture this year.

Today (Saturday) in Douglas the Bishop of Cork will host a ‘Meet the Bishop’ morning for confirmation candidates in his diocese, while in Dublin the Bishop of Tuam will lead a Lenten Quiet Day in the Mageough Home, Rathmines, organized by the Dublin & Glendalough Diocesan Committee of the Ministry of Healing.

Tomorrow (Sunday) morning RTE will televise a Eucharist for Mothering Sunday with the people of the parish Donaghmore, Co. Tyrone, and their rector Dr Peter Thompson who will be the celebrant and preacher, while in the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin, Senator Ivana Bacik will give her personal perspective on Ireland’s social and economic crisis in the context of Choral Eucharist. In Derry the Honorable The Irish Society will mark its 400th anniversary with a Service of Thanksgiving in St Columb’s cathedral where the preacher will be the former Dean of Derry, the Very Revd Cecil Orr. Further afield, the Bishop of Cashel & Ossory will be in the Isle of Man to preach in the Cathedral of St German, Peel, at the installation of canons.

On Tuesday evening in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, Viv Rowett, Secretary of the Society for Old Testament Studies will speak at the Lenten series on the psalms while on Wednesday the Rector of Howth, the Revd Kevin Brew, will be among the speakers at the ‘My Life, My Faith’ Lent meeting in St Anne’s church, Portmarnock. The ‘Meeting God in Books’ Lenten talk in Clones will be given by the Bishop of Clogher who will consider C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia.

The lunchtime concert in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick on Wednesday will be given by Peter Sebestyen (cello) and Adam Scheck (piano & guitar). Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection for the Companions of St Mary’s Music.

On Thursday evening the Archbishop of Dublin will give a talk on ‘Mission and Hope’ in St Mary’s church, Haddington Road, and on Friday afternoon he will preach at Sligo Grammar School at a service to mark the completion of new building work.


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