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Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’

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Added on 21/06/2014

Rt Revd Trevor WilliamsSaturday 21 June 2014

Retirement of Bishop of Limerick
The Bishop of Limerick, Killaloe & Ardfert, the Rt Revd Trevor Williams, will retire at the end of the month and a Farewell Service is to be held tomorrow (Sunday) in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick at 4pm to which all the parishes in the dioceses have been invited. The service will be in the context of Choral Evensong and there will be a retiring collection for Christian Aid Ireland of which Bishop Williams is Chairman.

Although born and educated in Dublin, Trevor Williams chose to be trained in the Church of England and after St John’s College, Nottingham, served as a curate in the diocese of Oxford. He returned to Ireland in 1978 as Assistant Chaplain in Queen’s University, Belfast, and after a period in religious broadcasting was appointed Rector of Newcastle, Co. Down, in 1988. A period as Leader of the famed Corrymeela Community followed before a return to parish life in 2003 as Rector of the Belfast inner city parishes of Holy Trinity and St Silas. In 2008 he brought these varied experiences to the episcopate when he was elected as Bishop of the united dioceses of Limerick, Ardfert, Aghadoe, Killaloe, Kilfenora, Clonfert, Kilmacduagh and Emly, the Church of Ireland’s largest diocese encompassing counties Limerick, Kerry and Clare and parts of Galway, Tipperary and Offaly. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, communication in its various forms has been a principal interest of Bishop Williams and he has been an active chairman of the Central Communications Board.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the Archbishop of Dublin will meet the Primate of the Armenian Church, Bishop Vahan. The Church’s Ministry of Healing will hold its annual Thanksgiving Service and Gift Day at 3.30pm in St Michan’s church, Dublin, where the Dean of Christ Church, the Very Revd Dermot Dunne, will be the celebrant and the preacher will be the Bishop of Tuam. In Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, Choral Evensong will be sung by the combined choirs of Christ Church, St Patrick’s and St Mary’s Pro–Cathedral, while in Clonmacnoise there will be an Evening Service in Templeconnor church at 4pm. The Chapter Room Concert in St Canice’s cathedral, Kilkenny, will be given by Malcolm Proud on the harpsichord while in St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh, the final Dean Herbert Cassidy Memorial Recital will be given by the Normandale Choir from Minneapolis who will also sing Evensong

Each year the William Carleton Society lays a wreath at the writer’s grave in Mount Jerome Cemetery and last year this was supplemented with an address in Sandford parish church, Ranelagh, where Carleton was a parishioner. On Wednesday the 145th anniversary of the writer’s death will be marked by an ecumenical service in Sandford parish church conducted by the Rector of Sandford, the Revd Sonia Gyles, Canon Noel Regan, Precentor of Clogher cathedral, and Canon Michael Hackett from Newry. The final lunchtime Chopin piano recital by Stuart O’Sullivan, which is part of them Limerick City of Culture programme, will be given in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick.

In Calary parish church, Co. Wicklow, on Thursday evening there will be a piano recital by Lance Coburn (tickets from derekneilson@eircom.net) while on Friday ‘Summer Music at Sandford’ continues at lunchtime in Sandford parish church with a recital by Donna Magee (organ), Sherry Hazlett (soprano), Roisin Rowley–Brooke (alto), Raymond Tedders (tenor) and Lorcan Cosgrove (bass).

Devenish parish in the Diocese of Clogher is re–registering and re–mapping the graveyard at St Molaise’s church, Monea. Anyone with concerns about burial rights may contact John Graham at 07503 507836 or jgherford@yahoo.co.uk

 


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