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Added on 07/12/2013

Saturday 7 December 2013

Launch of ‘Ossory Clergy’
In 1933 the then Rector of Kilsaran, Canon J.B. Leslie, published Ossory Clergy and Parishes which he described as ‘an account of the clergy of the Church of Ireland in the Diocese of Ossory, from the earliest period, with historical notices of the several parishes, churches’. This was Leslie’s third volume of biographical succession lists of clergy – he had published volumes for Armagh in 1911 and Clogher in 1929 – and he was to continue with this work until his death in 1951. Thereafter his lists, both published and unpublished, were kept up to date by Geraldine Willis in the RCB Library but there was no further publication until 1993 when a volume for Connor appeared. Since then there has been a steady stream of these publications, diocese by diocese, largely the work of Canon David Crooks, Rector of Taughboyne in Co. Donegal.

The latest publication, an update of Ossory Clergy and Parishes, will be launched in St Canice’s cathedral, Kilkenny next Thursday afternoon. In this, Canon Leslie’s original text is reproduced and updated and to that has been added welcome photographs of all the parish churches. The book has been published by the Ulster Historical Foundation.

Today (Saturday) at 5.30pm there will be a ‘Come and Sing Carols’ event in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, for which admission is free, while in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, at 8pm, the Omagh Waterford Peace Choir and special guests will present ‘Voices of the 1914 Christmas Truce Concert’ which will celebrate the 1914 Christmas truce with choral music, verse and prose.

Tomorrow (Sunday) morning the Archbishop of Dublin will be the preacher at the Parish Discovery Christmas Carol Service in the Church of St George & St Thomas in Cathal Brugha Street.

On Monday evening in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, new the Bishop of Meath & Kildare, the Most Revd Pat Storey, will launch With Dignity and Grace, an account of the life of Daphne Wormall, which has been written by her daugher, Julia Turner, and published by Ross Hinds. Daphne Wormall was one of the leading figures in the movement for the ordination of women in the Church of Ireland. She was one of the first women lay readers and Chair of the Women’s Ministry Group. The book is based, not just on personal memories, but on Mrs Wormald’s considerable archive of letters, diaries and scrapbooks.

The Representative Church Body will meet in Church of Ireland House, Dublin, on Wednesday afternoon. In Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, the Cathedral Choir will sing ‘Carols by Candlelight’ on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 8pm – tickets may be had from www.entertainment.ie

On Thursday, in NUI Galway the Bishop of Tuam will attend an event to celebrate the cataloguing of the Henry Library which is held on deposit from the Diocese of Tuam in the James Hardiman Library. Formerly the Tuam Diocesan Library, the collection was in St Mary’s cathedral, Tuam, and more recently, St Nicholas’ Collegiate church, Galway before its transfer to the University. The collection consists largely of the library of the Revd Dr Joseph Henry, and contains as well as theological and biblical material, works on literature and history and an extensive collection of travel writings from the second half of the 19th century.

On Thursday evening in Enniskillen there will be a service to mark the 90th anniversary of St Macartin’s cathedral. On 12 December 1923 St Anne’s parish church, Enniskillen, was consecrated as a cathedral by the then Primate, Archbishop Crozier, and dedicated to St Macartin.

 


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