Added on 11/02/2014
A new Canon has been appointed to the Chapter of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. The Revd David Gillespie, Vicar of St Ann’s and St Stephen’s, has been announced as the successor to Canon John McCullagh who retired in January.
The appointment, which was announced on Sunday, 9 February, has been welcomed by both the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson and the Dean of the Cathedral, the Very Revd Dermot Dunne.
Archbishop Jackson said he was delighted that the Revd David Gillespie had accepted his appointment. “I have every confidence that Dean Dermot Dunne joins me in the joy of receiving a new member into the Chapter of our diocesan cathedral which combines antiquity of belonging to the city of Dublin with vibrancy of witness in contemporary Ireland. In Christ Church we seek to respond in service to the presence of God in the capital city,” he said.
“David is indeed already associated with the cathedral as a Minor Canon. His parochial ministry serves the inner city through both St Ann’s and St Stephen’s. This links with the outreach initiatives and the welcome to visitors and pilgrims which are carried out by the community of the parish to the community of the city on a daily basis. As bishop of the dioceses, I appreciate the continuity of witness offered by these parishes to the people of Dublin in the Anglican tradition of faithful worship and pastoral concern,” he concluded.
Dean Dunne said he was very happy that David had been appointed to the cathedral Chapter. “I am delighted at this appointment. David will make a great addition to the life of the cathedral as he does already. I’m pleased that he’ll become part of the cathedral community,” he said.
Commenting on his appointment, David said: “I am very pleased to be appointed, and look forward to working with the Dean and the Chapter to further the mission of the Church of Ireland in the centre of the city. However, in accepting the Archbishop’s invitation, I am grateful for the distinctive ministry which St Ann’s and St Stephen’s Churches has exercised in Dublin over many years, and I extend my sincere thanks to all those who share with me in it now”.
Meanwhile, it was also announced yesterday that Canon Robert Deane, Rector of Swords and Donabate, has been appointed Canon Treasurer of the cathedral Chapter. The position had been held by Canon John McCullagh who retired in January.
The appointment was announced by Archbishop Michael Jackson who said: “Canon Deane has served the people and parishes of Dublin for many years with considerable faithfulness and industry, as curate–assistant, rector and Rural Dean. I am delighted that he has accepted the position of Canon Treasurer of Christ Church Cathedral in succession to Canon McCullagh and wish him well in the contribution he will make to the developing life of the diocesan cathedral”.
Dean Dermot Dunne said that this appointment recognised Canon Deane’s commitment. “I’m really thrilled that Robert Deane has been appointed as Canon Treasurer. He is very loyal to the cathedral and has helped it a lot and this is a great recognition of his work in the cathedral and the dioceses,” he commented.
Canon Deane said he was honoured to accept the appointment. “I am very honoured to have been appointed Canon Treasurer of Christ Church Cathedral. It is a privilege to be given a further opportunity to serve within the Chapter and the dioceses and I am quite humbled by the appointment,” he said.
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