the Commission on Episcopal Ministry and Structures has produced a report outlining changes to the dioceses of the Church of Ireland. These will come into effect if passed at General Synod in May 2016. Commission on Episcopal Ministry and Structures2016View full post
Our Diocese recently committed to supporting two Literacy projects in Africa through Bishops’ Appeal. you can read all about them here Diocesan Literacy projects 1 Literacy project 2View full post
Please see the information below about the Senior Bishop’s Medal Competition 2016. Senior Medal form copy Senior Bishop’s Medal Students in Secondary Education 5th & 6th Year Students Competition Requirements: The competition is open to anyone attending a secondary school within the United Diocese. Competitors are not required to be members of the …View full post
On Friday 22nd January, Rev. Nicola Halford was instituted as Rector of Enniscorthy and Monart Union. Nicola was previously curate of Wexford and Kilscoran Union, and a large number of her former parishioners made the short journey north to wish her well. Also there were Nicola’s family, including her husband Ronan, her parents, sisters and …View full post
It is with great sadness that we mark the death of Mrs. Georgina Rothwell of Killurin Co. Wexford. She served her parish and our diocese in many ways, particularly her long service as Ferns district secretary. She undertook all her roles with energy, dedication and kindness, and her knowledge of diocesan matters was unsurpassed. ”It …View full post
It is with sadness that we share the news of the death on Monday 11th January of Mr Herbie Sharman. He had been a teacher in Kilkenny College, where he was involved in hockey coaching, and was a former President of the Irish Hockey Union. In the Diocese he was Diocesan Communications Officer, Editor of …View full post
Pictured are Canon Arthur Minion, Wexford and Kilscoran Union and the Very Reverand Aodhán Marken ADM, Wexford Parish as they commence day 2 of their 4 day fast in aid of local charities. The annual Four Day Christmas Fast is an important fixture in the Wexford calendar and this year, it began on Sunday (December …View full post
CFO Website Winners 2015 L-R: The Revd Nicola Halford (Wexford & Kilscoran Union), the Very Revd Katharine Poulton (Dean of Ossory), the Bishop and the Very Revd Maria Jansson (Dean of Waterford). The annual ecological awards Tipperary was the winner in the Environmental motivation category. L-R: The Dean of Cashel the Very Revd Gerald Field, …View full post
Diocesan Synod, Kildalton, 21 october 2015- an overview ‘…and what I say to you, I say to all – keep awake!’ – A sense of Urgency. Eucharist and Bishop’s address The lesson was read by the Revd Alessandra di Chiara and the Gospel by the Very Revd Paul Draper and the music was led on …View full post
The Reverend Ann Wallace (née Marchant) 1929 – 2015 The Revd Ann Wallace passed away in the loving care of the staff of Oakdale Nursing Home, Portarlington. We extend our sympathies to her husband Bruce and Edward, Andrew, James and Beth. She will be sadly missed by her family, her grandchildren Becky, Vicky, Nicole, Ben, …View full post
Former Bishop of Cashel & Ossory, the Rt Revd Peter Barrett died suddenly at his home in Dublin on Wednesday evening. Bishop Michael Burrows paid this tribute… The diocese will want to surround those closest to him with prayers and love, and many will recall the way in which he touched and enriched so many …View full post
KOREAN ANGLICAN CHURCH 125th ANNIVERSARY Decisions When the invitation card arrived from Seoul in early Summer to attend the 125th anniversary of the Korean Anglican Church, I put the card on the mantle piece and thought that it would be nice to go but the flight would cost just a bit too much for my budget …View full post
CONFERENCE: FARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE ‘Water is the new oil’ A major conference on the effects of Climate Change on Farming in Ireland and abroad was held in Kilkenny College on Saturday 4 October 2015 under the auspices of the Environmental Committee of the Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory. The Chairperson of the Committee, …View full post
NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSIPS – RATHENISKA 22 – 24 September 2015 ‘Celebrating Harvest’ This year the marquee for the Church of Ireland and organised and managed by the Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory looked exceptionally splendid with its professionally designed and executed scenery. This was constructed by Mr Harry Harris, theatre designer and parishioner of …View full post
Margaret Stephens All Saints’ Carnew 16 September 2015 Abridged Address given by the Revd Ruth Elmes of Tinahely & Carnew Union It is with some degree of shock that everyone was present remembering Margaret at her funeral. During the tea following the songs of praise on 31 May at All Saints’, (which she helped to …View full post
The new Archdeacon pictured with his sister Penny at St Edan’s Cathedral, Ferns. (Photo Pat O’Connor) ——————————————- St EDAN’S CATHEDRAL, FERNS INSTALLATION OF ARCHDEACON, CHANCELLOR AND TREASURER SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2015 The new Archdeacon with the two new canons along with the Dean and the Bishop. On this auspicious first Sunday in September history …View full post
The Revd Nicola Halford has been appointed rector of Enniscorthy & Monart Union of parishes. Ms Halford who has been curate in Wexford and Kilscoran Union of parishes since October 2012 succeeds the Very Revd Chris Long who retired at the end of July. A date for institution will be announced in due course.View full post
ENNISCORTHY BIDS FAREWELL TO THE VEN. CHRIS LONG Sunday 24th July 2015 On a typically wet July Sunday, the congregations of the Enniscorthy Union gathered in St Mary’s Church Enniscorthy to pay tribute to their rector for over 10 years. The service was conducted by Assistant Priest the Revd Robert Stotesbury and the Holy Eucharist …View full post
THE GENERAL SYNOD 2015 – ARMAGH – FROM A CFO VIEWPOINT! THE BISHOP WITH THE BOUNCE! It was standing room only for much of this year’s Synod in the vast function room of the City Hotel, Armagh, especially on the middle day when almost. 500 members attended. It was on this day that …View full post
MOTHERS’ UNION FESTIVAL SERVICE 2015 DIOCESE OF CASHEL, FERNS & OSSORY St Mary’s Church, Enniscorthy, Wednesday 29th April 2015. ‘United in Prayer’ Following the processional hymn and still in Eastertide, the Bishop filled the large, well-filled church with his booming voice ‘Alleluia! The Lord is risen!’ To which the congregation of Mothers’ Union …View full post
‘SMILING WHEN THE SHOE PINCHES’ CELEBRATING TRANSFORMATIONAL WORSHIP IN UNHELPFUL BUILDINGS with Richard Giles This seminar with Richard Giles considered the familiar subject of worship in restrictive buildings. It took place on Monday 20th April in St Laserian’s Cathedral, Old Leighlin and hosted by the indefatigable Dean, the Very Revd Tom Gordon. The seminar was …View full post
THE UNITED DIOCESE OF CASHEL FERNS & OSSORY DIOCESE OF OSSORY RATHDOWNEY UNION OF PARISHES THE INSTITUTION TO THE INCUMBENCY OF THE REVEREND RICHARD SEYMOUR-WHITELEY St Andrew’s Church, Rathdowney Sunday 22nd March 2015 Welcome The institution of the Revd Richard Seymour-Whiteley to Rathdowney took place on Sunday 22nd March 2015 with the Procession heralded …View full post
DIOCESE OF CASHEL FERNS & OSSORY DIOCESE OF CASHEL TEMPLEMORE UNION OF PARISHES THE LITURGICAL INTRODUCTION TO MINISTRY IN THE PARISHES OF THE REVEREND ALISON SEYMOUR-WHITELEY (part-time Priest-in-Charge) St Mary’s Parish Church, Templemore Friday 20th March 2015 The Welcome: ‘The Flower of Scotland’ provided the unusual and unique opening to this service of introduction for …View full post
The Bishop achieved his objective on Good Friday last when he visited fifteen railway stations throughout the length and breadth of his diocese – all in one day. Symbolically emulating the traditional stations of the cross, the bishop followed the way of the cross by devising a tight schedule to spend a brief time at …View full post
LORD WATERFORD John Hubert de la Poer Beresford, 8th Marquis of Waterford, passed away on 11th February 2015 and was laid to rest among his ancestors and relatives in Clonagam cemetery on Saturday 14th February, following a memorable ecumenical service in Clonagam church. His remains were received at the church by former rector Canon …View full post
The Visit Of The Rt Revd Robert Paterson Bishop Of Sodor & Man (Link Diocese) over St Brigid’s weekend 2015
‘LINKING THE CATHEDRALS WITH THE ISLE OF MAN’ THE VISIT OF THE RT REVD ROBERT PATERSON BISHOP OF SODOR & MAN (LINK DIOCESE) Friday 30th January to Monday 2nd February 2015 St Bridget would have been especially pleased this year to see the continued link between the Dioceses of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory and …View full post
Ardaígí bhur gCroíthe – Lift up your Hearts Iomainn agus Carúil Choitianta, as Gaeilge Familiar Hymns and Carols as Gaeilge NEW CD AND HYMNAL LAUNCHED IN IRISH IN KILKENNY Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise launched this CD of 16 hymns and carols, Iomainn agus Carúil Choitianta, as Gaeilge, to meet the needs of the …View full post
DIOCESE OF CASHEL FERNS & OSSORY DIOCESE OF FERNS NEW ROSS AND FETHARD UNION OF PARISHES THE LITURGICAL INTRODUCTION TO MINISTRY IN THE PARISHES OF THE REVEREND MARGARET SYKES (part-time Priest-in-Charge) And her commissioning as Diocesan President of the Mothers’ Union St Mary’s Parish Church, New Ross Friday 16th January 2015 The Welcome: The large …View full post
DIOCESE OF CASHEL FERNS & OSSORY DIOCESE OF LEIGHLIN PARISHES OF BALTINGLASS with BALLYNURE, RATHVILLY & STRATFORD-ON-SLANEY. THE INSTITUTION TO THE INCUMBENCY OF THE REVEREND MÁIRT HANLEY St Mary’s Church, Baltinglass Sunday 11th January 2015 The institution of the Revd Máirt Hanley to Baltinglass took place on Sunday 11th January 2015 with the Procession …View full post
DIOCESE OF CASHEL FERNS & OSSORY DIOCESE OF LEIGHLIN THE INSTITUTION TO THE INCUMBENCY OF THE REVEREND BRIAN O’ROURKE St Peter’s Church, Portlaoise – Friday 9th January 2015 ‘A new coming together as a community and a family’ The congregations from Portlaoise, the Rock (Dunamase) and Ballyfin along with clergy and lay members of the wider, ecumenical …View full post
Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise PREAS RÁITEAS- PRESS RELEASE (ENGLISH VERSION BELOW) Ardaígí bhur gcroíthe Dé Sathairn, 31 Eanáir, seolfaidh Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise dlúthdhiosca nua d’iomainn agus de charúil i nGaeilge. I dTeach Caibidle Ardteampaill N. Cainneach, Cill Chainnigh, a bheidh an seoladh ar 10.30 am. Tá an dlúthdhiosca seo de 16 iomann agus carúl, Iomainn agus Carúil …View full post
DIOCESE OF CASHEL FERNS & OSSORY DIOCESE OF LEIGHLIN STRADBALLY UNION OF PARISHES THE LITURGICAL INTRODUCTION TO MINISTRY IN THE PARISHES OF THE REVEREND ALEC PURSER (part-time Priest-in-Charge) St PATRICK’S PARISH CHURCH, STRADBALLY 5th December, 2014 The Revd Alec Purser pictured with the Bishop following his service of introduction as part-time priest-in-charge to the Union …View full post
The Commissioning and Licensing of Readers Awarding of Theological Certificates Three new Diocesan readers commissioned by the Bishop in St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny On Advent Sunday , 30th November 2014: Mike O’Meara, Ms Nicola Rowan and Mr Jason Smith. ———————- Award of theThird-Level Bishop’s Medal ——————- Advent Sunday 30th November 2014 The Bishop …View full post
– BRIAN O ROURKE to Portlaoise and Ballyfin Union on Friday 9th January at 8 p.m. in Portlaoise. The Reverend MAIRT HANLEY, at present priest in charge in Killorglin, Co. Kerry, has been nominated to the incumbency of Baltinglass. We will welcome him among us at his Institution on …View full post
Annual outing of the Friends of Saint Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny Pat Nolan Bright sunlight provided the perfect backdrop to the popular outing of the Friends of Saint Canice on 20th September last. This time the destination was the town of Kildare and its imposing Saint Bridget’s cathedral. As is now well-established practice, the route taken …View full post
The Mothers’ Union Festival Service Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory ‘Sowing the Future together’ St Michael and All Angels’ Church Abbeyleix Sunday 7th September 2014 The sun shone as if it were the height of summer, all of which brought out the brightly coloured dresses of the ladies of the Mothers’ Union …View full post
MAUREEN CONSTANCE LANIGAN 1945 – 2014 It was with deep sadness that the Diocese learned of the death of Maureen Lanigan in the first week of September following illness. She died at Waterford Regional Hospital Thursday 4th September and her funeral took place on Saturday 6th September, in St Canice’s Cathedral with Requiem Eucharist. Her burial …View full post
St Laserian’s Cathedral, Leighlin – ‘A liturgical laboratory in a large room’ The Service On a balmy evening of Trinity Sunday 15th June, the multitudes gathered to St Laserian’s Cathedral in Leighlin for the Service of Thanksgiving to mark the restoration of the Lady Chapel and the Installation of the Venerable Andrew Orr as Archdeacon …View full post
The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, 2014 The 100th anniversary of the day that the Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated and which pre-empted the First World War, coincided with the annual Choral Evensong and 63rd AGM of the Friends of St Canice’s Cathedral that took place in Kilkenny on Saturday …View full post
Saothar Chumann Gaelach na hEaglaise molta ag Uachtarán na hÉireann. Bhí baill agus cairde Chumann Gaelach na hEaglaise in Áras an Uachtaráin, 24 Meitheamh 2014, ag fáiltiú speisialta leis an Uachtarán, Micheál D Ó hUiginn, chun saothar an Chumainn a chomóradh. Tá Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise ag comóradh an chéid i mbliana agus ba mhór …View full post
Memories of the World Flower Show Dublin June 2014 by Margaret Kingston Five years ago AOIFA the Association of Irish Floral Artists, a voluntary organisation of people who love flowers and gardening, made a bid to WAFA the World Association of Flower Arrangers to hold the 11th World Flower Show in Dublin …View full post
On Friday 1st August the Revds Andrew McCroskery and the Revd Nigel Kirkpatrick ‘revved’ up their trusty powerful motorbikes and set off on a marathon 3,000km trip around Ireland. Not just a random tour as their itinerary took them to every Church of Ireland cathedral on the island, all in a period of 10 days. …View full post
Templemore Union say farewell to the Revd Canon Peter Cole-Baker on his retirement. ‘A ministry of faithfulness and integrity coupled with dignity and courage’. On a sunny, warm afternoon on 27th July 2014, it being the last Sunday in the month, the people from Thurles and Kilfitmone gathered with the people of Templemore in St …View full post
SENIOR BISHOP’S MEDAL PRIZEWINNERS 2014 2014 Medal winner: Osasu Igbinedion Runners – up: Catherine Burström & Rachel Orr All three are students in Kilkenny College. Thanks to all who took part and congratulations to the 2014 prizewinners. +++++ JUNIOR BISHOP’S MEDAL RESULTS 2014 Congratulations to this year’s prizewinners – 2014 Junior Bishop’s Medal – …View full post
Synod Statistics announced show that 65% on day one attendance falls to 45% on Saturday, the third day, so perhaps the risk might taken that no day in any year will show more than 500? Members still talk about the General Synods held in the Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny and in Galway when President Mary …View full post
‘A celebration of great and fruitful steadfastness’ A Service of Thanksgiving for Ministry shared with the people of the Parish of Rathdowney Union and of the Diocese of Cashel & Ossory On Sunday 6th April 2014 (Passion Sunday) in St Andrew’s Church, Rathdowney. The weekend of 4th – 6th April was one of particular significance …View full post
It was a great joy to see St Lachtain’s Church, Freshford filled for the Institution of the Revd Tim Irvine as Vicar of the Kilkenny Union of Parishes on Sunday 16th March, the Eve of the Feast of St Patrick. Amongst the large number of clergy were the Bishop who welcomed everyone following the opening …View full post
the Commission on Episcopal Ministry and Structures has produced a report outlining changes to the dioceses of the Church of Ireland. These will come into effect if passed at General Synod in May 2016. Commission on Episcopal Ministry and Structures2016
Please see the information below about the Senior Bishop’s Medal Competition 2016.
Senior Bishop’s Medal
Students in Secondary Education
5th & 6th Year Students
Competition Requirements: The competition is open to anyone attending a secondary school within the United Diocese. Competitors are not required to be members of the Church of Ireland nor attend a Church of Ireland school. Candidates are asked to write (in 75 minutes) an essay from a list of unseen titles. The competition places an emphasis on current affairs in church and society
Competition Date: 7pm Wednesday 9th March 2016 at all venues.
Venues: Kilkenny College OR Coláiste Bhride, Carnew OR Newtown School, Waterford
Applications and Further Information: Further details are available on the diocesan website (http://cashel.anglican.org/) or by contacting Canon Harvey directly.
The Revd Canon Patrick Harvey,
The Rectory, Abbeyleix, Portlaoise, Co Laois.. Applicants may also email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (057) 8731243
Application Closing Date: 5pm Tuesday 8th March 2016
(please note extended deadline)
It is with great sadness that we mark the death of Mrs. Georgina Rothwell of Killurin Co. Wexford. She served her parish and our diocese in many ways, particularly her long service as Ferns district secretary. She undertook all her roles with energy, dedication and kindness, and her knowledge of diocesan matters was unsurpassed. ”It is hard to take in that we have lost Georgina Rothwell. She was a person full of integrity, with vast experience particularly of Ferns, and she served the diocese with loyalty, the highest of principles and a distinctive independent – mindedness which made it a privilege to work with her. We will miss her sorely.” said Bishop Burrows.
Our sympathy goes to her family at this sad time. May she rest in peace and rise in glory
On Friday 22nd January, Rev. Nicola Halford was instituted as Rector of Enniscorthy and Monart Union. Nicola was previously curate of Wexford and Kilscoran Union, and a large number of her former parishioners made the short journey north to wish her well. Also there were Nicola’s family, including her husband Ronan, her parents, sisters and many friends from her home in Dublin and beyond. Rev. Arthur Minion, Rector of Wexford preached, reminding the congregation of their calling to ministry through their baptism. Speeches of welcome after the service included Fr. Jim Murphy , CC in Rosslare, and Rev. Stephen Foster, Methodist minister in Gorey. We wish Nicola every blessing her new ministry. She is pictured here with Archdeacon Bob Gray before the service.
It is with sadness that we share the news of the death on Monday 11th January of Mr Herbie Sharman. He had been a teacher in Kilkenny College, where he was involved in hockey coaching, and was a former President of the Irish Hockey Union.
In the Diocese he was Diocesan Communications Officer, Editor of the Diocesan Magazine and Webmaster of this site, all of which roles he carried out with grace, charm, wit and sensitivity.
Bishop Burrows said: “Herbie Sharman was a marvellous magazine editor and DCO – diligent, ever-available, always good humoured. Despite living for years with a serious illness, he served this diocese superbly, working almost to the day of his death. The diocese will miss him hugely and I personally have lost a great friend who has been at my side for ten years”.
His funeral took place in St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny on Friday 15th January
Our deepest sympathies go to his family and all who loved him.
Pictured are Canon Arthur Minion, Wexford and Kilscoran Union and the Very Reverand Aodhán Marken ADM, Wexford Parish as they commence day 2 of their 4 day fast in aid of local charities. The annual Four Day Christmas Fast is an important fixture in the Wexford calendar and this year, it began on Sunday (December 20) at 6 p.m and will run until 6.00pm on Christmas Eve, 24th at 6pm.
This is the fourth year for the Canon Arthur Minion and the first for Fr Aodhán Marken on the steps of St Iberius’ Church during the four day event. Dressed in distinctive black capes and red scarfs, the clergymen endure all elements of our unpredictable Irish weather. The only drinks taken during this period will be water, tea/coffee without milk or sugar. A cup of Bovril for salt or a bottle of Lucozade for sugar may be taken if a person has been advised by a doctor to do so. A takeaway paper cup of soup will be available for each participant from Westgate Design Centre at 1 p.m. daily. No other food is taken day or night for four days.
St Iberius’ Fast was started by Canon Norman Ruddock in 1993 and was then a 2 day Fast. In 1998, Fr Jim Fegan joined Canon Norman Ruddock for his annual Christmas Fast and it then became a 4 day Fast as a sign of ecumenical solidarity in advance of the week of prayer for Christian unity.
This year the charities to benefit are the St Vincent de Paul, Ozanam House Mens Shelter, Wexford Womens Refuge, Wexford Hospice Homecare, Cancer Research and Midlands Flood Victims. Last year, the fast raised €45,200 for charity.
An ecumenical Carol Service will be celebrated in St Iberius Church on Christmas Eve at 4pm.
Please contact me, Louise Evans at 086-3182709, should you need any further information
CFO Website Winners 2015
L-R: The Revd Nicola Halford (Wexford & Kilscoran Union), the Very Revd Katharine Poulton (Dean of Ossory), the Bishop and the Very Revd Maria Jansson (Dean of Waterford).
The annual ecological awards Tipperary was the winner in the Environmental motivation category.
L-R: The Dean of Cashel the Very Revd Gerald Field, the Bishop, and Mr Billy Kingston.
This year we concentrated on the social media side of our Diocese.
Specifically websites and Facebook.
There was no need to request entries and they are all there to see on the internet.
A small sub committee of the Diocesan Magazine committee examined all the sites and facebooks that exist in the Diocese and adjudicated.
Recognition here today is by a presentation of a number of framed certificates, signed by the Bishop, for display in the church porch or somewhere prominently, with a follow up soft copy which will be emailed for display on the winning websites.
For next year
The committee recommends that fund of €5,000 be set aside from the finances of the Diocesan Magazine so that parishes who are either in the process of building their site up or more importantly for those who have no website be encouraged to apply for a grant from the fund. A date will be announced for the close applications for these grants.
The Digital Age!
The ultimate aim is to have every parish with its own website and Facebook page which latter can have a link on the Diocesan and parish websites links visible.
Parish websites can also have a link to digital versions of their parish newsletter present.
Overall spreading the ‘Gospel’!
All this digital news helps to spread the news around the Diocese and beyond.
Hard copy parish newsletters should still continue and there is still demand for the Diocesan Magazine as currently published.