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Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’ - Posted on 29/08/2015

Visit of Hong Kong Group

Twenty–one members of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, the Province of Hong Kong and Macau in the Anglican Communion, are visiting Ireland on a ten–day exploration/study trip organized by Ming Hua Theological College and Dublin University Far Eastern Mission (DUFEM).

Ming Hua, as the theological college of the Anglican Province of Hong Kong and Macau, prides itself on enhancing the experience of its students and by providing opportunities for members of the Church in Hong Kong to learn more about their faith as Anglicans in both a local and global context. This trip is an opportunity to do exactly that and will give participants the chance to see and experience both the important history and legacy of Irish Christianity and the vibrant modern history of Ireland and its people.

Led by Dr Matthew Jones, the Academic Programme Director from Ming Hua, and co–ordinated on behalf of DUFEM by Dr Kerry Houston (Director of Chapel Music at Trinity College Dublin), participants will visit, among other places, St Patrick’s and Christ Church cathedrals in Dublin, St Anne’s cathedral, Belfast, St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh, and St Macartin’s cathedral, Enniskillen.

The Anglican Church in Hong Kong has a very positive relationship with the Church of Ireland. This trip is another example of the warm friendship that exists between the Church in Hong Kong and Ireland that will further strengthen links with both the Church of Ireland Theological Institute and links at diocesan and parochial level. Participants on the visit include Ming Hua staff, students, members of clergy and members of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui.

Another link with Hong Kong is the annual Godfrey Day Memorial Lecture that examines contexts for overseas mission.  This has been delivered by distinguished guests from Hong Kong in recent years including Archbishop Paul Kwong, Revd Peter Koon (provincial secretary) and Professor Gareth Jones (Ming Hua Theological College). This year’s lecture will be given by Dr Matthew Jones (Ming Hua) on Tuesday at 6.30pm in the Trinity Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin. The theme will be ‘Christian Belief and Context in Melanesia’.

Tomorrow (Sunday) at the Parish Eucharist in Holy Trinity church, Frankfield, the Bishop of Cork will license Sabrina Cooke–Nivet as a Diocesan Reader. On Monday Dr Colton will be at Midleton College and Bandon Grammar School and on Tuesday at Ashton School where he will speak at the assemblies to mark the beginning of the school year.

In St Anne’s cathedral, Belfast, tomorrow (Sunday) the services will be sung by Cantores Sancti Annae, a female group of past choristers, while in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, the past choristers, organized by Victor Coe (pastchoristers@christchurch.ie) will sing the services.

On Tuesday the Archbishop of Dublin will attend the meeting of the Secretaries General of the Anglican Communion at the Emmaus Centre, Swords, where there will be addresses by by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Derry & Raphoe.

Eco–Congregation Ireland (ECI) hopes that churches throughout Ireland will observe Creation Time by holding climate justice services and environmental events from next Tuesday until 4th October. The Church of Ireland ECI representative is the Rector of Tullow, Co. Carlow, the Revd Andrew Orr, from whom more information may be had.

On Friday evening in St Comgall’s church, Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh, the Bishop of Clogher will institute the Revd Anita Kerr as Rector of the Galloon group of parishes. The preacher will be Canon Maurice Elliott, Director of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute.

 

 


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