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Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’

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Added on 30/03/2013

Saturday 30 March 2013

Anglican Perspectives on Vatican II
As the world wide Church waits and wonders how Pope Francis will make his mark on the Catholic Church, there is a certain topicality about a colloquium next month, the details of which are now available. The Church of Ireland journal, Search, and the Church of Ireland Chaplaincy at TCD have joined forces to organise a colloquium to mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.

The event, entitled ‘Remembering Vatican II: Some Anglican Perspectives‘, will take place on Saturday 13 April in the Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre of he Long Room Hub in Trinity College Dublin. A number of distinguished speakers will look at the impact of the Council on the Church of Ireland in particular and world–wide Anglicanism in general. Through an examination of some of the key Vatican II documents the fruits of the Council will be analysed and assessed.

The speakers will be Dr. Andrew Pierce (Assistant Professor and Programme Coordinator in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies at the Irish School of Ecumenics), The Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave (Bishop of Woolwich), the Revd Dr. Kevin Moroney (Rector of Christ Church, Ithan, Pennsylvania and Adjunct Professor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia) and Dr. Clare Amos (Programme Executive for Inter–Religious Dialogue and Cooperation at the World Council of Churches, Geneva). Both Archbishops of Dublin, Dr. Michael Jackson and Dr. Diarmuid Martin, will also be in attendance and will give opening and closing remarks respectively. The colloquium will begin at 10.00am and finish at 4.30pm.

The attendance fee (including lunch and tea/coffee) is €30. The fee can be paid by cash or cheque on the day but those wishing to attend should register in advance with the Revd Darren McCallig by email mccalld@tcd.ie or by telephone (+3531) 896 1402.

On Easter Day the bishops, by tradition, will preach in their diocesan cathedrals. The Bishop of Cashel & Ossory, the Rt Revd Michael Burrows, who has more diocesan cathedrals than any of his colleagues, will, this year, be in St John the Baptist’s cathedral, Cashel, on Easter Eve, and he will preach in both St Lasarian’s cathedral, Leighlin, and St Canice’s cathedral, Kilkenny on Easter morning. In St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, Easter is one of the occasions when the Dean, the Very Revd Victor Stacey, is the preacher, while in St Anne’s cathedral, Belfast, the Bishop of Down & Dromore, the Rt Revd Harold Miller, will preach at the Sung Eucharist which will be broadcast on Radio Ulster at 10.15 am.

Two new part–time members of staff will take up their appointments in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute next Tuesday. The Revd Jennifer McWhirter will be Co–ordinator of Continuing Ministerial Education and Mr David Brown will be Co–ordinator of Lay Training. Mrs McWhirter was Vicar of Templepatrick and Donegore in the Diocese of Connor and has had significant pastoral experience in the area of hospital chaplaincy both in Ireland and North America. Mr Brown has served in Canterbury Diocese and for the past eleven years as Director of the Church of Ireland Youth Department based in Belfast. These appointments, which have been funded by he Church of Ireland Priorities Fund,, will contribute to the Institute’s vision to deliver life–long learning and lay training across the Church of Ireland.

The Roscrea Spring Conference begins next Friday in Mount St Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, where among the speakers will be the Revd Dr Adrian Empey, the doyen of the Church of Ireland Historical Society.

 


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