Added on 13/04/2013
Saturday 13 April 2013
Porvoo Consultation in
The Church of Ireland will host a Porvoo Communion Consultation on the Diaconate in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute in Dublin next week, from Monday until Thursday. This will be the third Porvoo Consultation held to address some aspect of the area of vocation and will have the theme ‘Diakonia as a proclamation of the Gospel’.
The purpose of this consultation is to bring all churches up to date with developments in the Communion and the extent to which the recommendations of the last consultation in 2009 have been implemented. The consultation will also look ahead providing space for reflection on fresh opportunities to strengthen the ministry of deacons in today’s fast changing European scene. It will call the Churches of the Porvoo Communion to co–operate in this endeavour and thereby add momentum to our Christian witness to contemporary society.
The Church of Ireland will assist in resourcing the Consultation which will have some 30 participants from Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Estonia, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Spain and Portugal.
The Consultation will be co– chaired by the Archbishop of Dublin and the Bishop of Uppsala, and the Archbishop of Armagh will also participate. Among the speakers will be Kjell Nordstokke from Diakonhjemmet University College, Norway, and the Bishop of Edinburgh while from the Church of Ireland Ireland there will be contributions from the Bishop of Clogher and the Bishop of Cashel & Ossory and the Rector of Clones, Canon Helen Steed.
Today (Saturday) in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin there will be a lunchtime recital by Eoghan Desmond (baritone) and David Leigh (piano). The programme will include a setting by David Lawrence of poems by W.B. Yeats from ‘Wind among the Reeds’. Dr Lawrence is better known for his magisterial survey of Church of Ireland stained glass. In St Mary’s church, Tipperary at 8pm there will be a concert by Emma English and guests in support of the roof restoration fund.
The annual ecumenical service for the gift of sport, organized by the Association of School’s Unions, will be held in St Ann’s church, Dublin, tomorrow (Sunday) at 7pm. The speaker will be Liam Harbison, CEO of Paralympics Ireland.
Next Wednesday evening the bi–centenary celebration of St George’s church, Belfast, begin with a concert featuring the choirs of All Saints and Notre Dame Academy, Worcester, Massachusetts, St Peter’s cathedral, Belfast and the St George’s parish choir. An exciting programme of events is being planed for the period up to 2016, including a history of the parish which will be written by Professor Brain Walker.
On Thursday the Bishop of Derry & Raphoe will meet the Dalai Lama in Derry. In the evening the Archbishop of Dublin will institute the Revd Arthur Young as incumbent of Kill o’ the Grange. Mr Young, who was ordained in 2001, has been Rector of Tullylish in the Diocese of Dromore since 2004. He succeeds the Revd Ferran Glenfield who has been elected as Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh.
Thursday is St Lasarian’s Day when the Bishop of Cashel & Ossory will bless the gift of an icon of St Lasarian at the Feast of Title Vespers in St Lasarian’s cathedral, Old Leighlin, where the dean is the Very Revd Tom Gordon. The icon, which is the gift of an anonymous benefactor, has been written by Brother Anselm in Alton Abbey. The Cathedral Vespers is part of an annual ecumenical celebrations which begins at the cathedral and is followed by a procession to St Molaise’s Well.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’