Added on 12/10/2013
Saturday 12 October 2013
Visit of Archbishop of Hong Kong
On Tuesday the Archbishop of Hong Kong, the Most Revd Dr Paul Kwong, accompanied by the Very Revd Matthias Der, the Dean of Hong Kong, and Professor Gareth Jones, the Dean of Ming Hua Theological College will begin an official visit to the Church of Ireland. This invitation has been extended by the Archbishop of Dublin and the Dublin University Far East Mission (DUFEM). The first port of call will be lunch hosted by the Revd Darren McCalling, Dean of Residence and Chaplain in TCD, followed by a short welcome reception with music by the staff and students of the DIT Conservatory, led by Dr Kerry Houston, in St Patrick’s Deanery hosted by the Dean, the Very Revd Victor Stacey.
On Wednesday Archbishop Kwong will join the Archbishop of Dublin to meet school principals in the See House, before going on to meet the staff and students at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute.. In the evening Archbishop Kwong will address the Dublin and Glendalough Diocesan Synod and on Thursday evening the delegation will attend Evensong at TCD Chapel where the Archbishop Kwong will preach.
On Friday the delegation heads to Northern Ireland to be greeted in the morning by the Revd Michael Parker and Canon Simon Doogan in Bangor. A lunchtime Communion in St Anne’s Cathedral coordinated by the Dean of Belfast will precede a lunch hosted by the Bishop of Clogher and involving a number of prominent Northern churchmen and public figures. In the afternoon Archbishop Kwong will meet the Revd Chris Bennett at ‘The Dock’, a fresh expression in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. In the evening the delegation will visit Armagh where they will be greeted in the Library by the Primate and the Dean of Armagh before returning to Dublin.
Today (Saturday) there will be a rural affairs conference, ‘Caring for Rural Communities in Times of Change: A Church of Ireland Response’ at the Horse and Jockey, Co. Tipperary, while, in the CITI, Affirming Catholicism Ireland will host a conference on ‘Clerical Formation in the Catholic Tradition’ with contributions from the Dean of Belfast, the Very Revd John Mann, Canon Michael Kennedy and Canon Patrick Comerford.
In Derry the 400th anniversary of the London–Londonderry link will be marked by a visit of the Bishop of London. Dr Richard Chartres. He will give the autumn lecture of the Friends of St Columb’s cathedral this evening (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday) will preach at the Choral Eucharist and give a reflection at Choral Evensong.
Tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 11 am RTE will televise the Harvest Thanksgiving Service of Athy parish which will be conducted by the Very Revd Philip Knowles with the Tipperary Singers Choral Group while in the evening in St Mary’s church, Dungarvan, the Bishop of Cashel & Ossory will preside at an ecumenical bi–lingual Harvest Festival with members of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise and Cór Fear na nDéise. The 25th anniversary of the Flying Angel Centre in Belfast will be marked with a Service of Thanksgiving in St Anne’s cathedral, Belfast, where the preacher will be the new Mission to Seafarers Secretary–General, Canon Andrew Wright.
On Tuesday the Armagh Diocesan Synod will be held in the Alexander Synod Hall while in Taney parish centre the Dublin & Glendalough Diocesan Synod will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
In Limerick on Thursday the Church of Ireland Inter–Faith Working Group will host a seminar, ‘Building the Common Household’, which will examine how the gender of those engaged in inter–faith dialogue impacts on their involvement.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’