Installations of new Canons in Ferns and Ossory
Kilrane & Taghmon, Kilrush & Toome, Clone & Crosspatrick St Edan’s Cathedral, Ferns
Pictured on the occasion of the installation of three clergy to the vacant canonries in St Edan’s Cathedral, Ferns on Sunday 26th January 2014. L-R (Standing): The Very Revd Dr Paul Mooney, the Revd Canon Bob Gray (Chancellor), the Ven. Chris Long (Archdeacon), the Revd Canon Mark Hayden (Treasurer) and the Revd Roger Harmsworth (Precentor).
Seated: the Revd Canon Arthur Minion (Kilrane & Tagmon) and the Revd Canon Patrick Harvey (Clone & Crosspatrick.
Three long-standing prebendaries had lain vacant for some considerable time. The Bishop encouraging the continuing integration between the newly united diocese had appointed the Revd Canon Arthur Minion (rector of the Wexford & Kilscoran Union of parishes), the Very Revd Katharine Poulton (Dean of Ossory) and the Revd Canon Patrick Harvey (rector of Abbeyleix & Killermogh Union) to fill these positions, two of the clergy coming from outside Ferns.
The ceremony took place on the Sunday nearest to St Edan’s Day on Sunday 26th January 2014 at its Patronal Festival. Present were members of the Chapter and also members of Wexford Town Council and members of the ecumenical community including Fr Jim Fegin.
The two new canons of Ferns
The lessons were read by the Revd Nicola Halford and the Revd Canon Mark Hayden. The occasional prayers were taken by the Precentor, the Revd Canon Roger Harmsworth. The closing prayer and blessing were given by the Archdeacon, the Ven. Chris Long. The organist, Mrs Sheila Milne, led the music for the service.
Following the Processional Hymn: ‘Praise ye the Lord’, the Dean’s Greeting and Welcome, the installation of the new canons took place being led to their respective stalls: the Revd Arthur Minion (Prebendaries Kilrane and Tagmon); the Very Revd Katharine M. Poulton*, B.A. Dip. Th. (Kilrush and Toome) and the Revd Canon Patrick A. Harvey, M.A., Dip. Th. (Clone and Crosspatrick).
Did you hear the one about……? Canon Mark Hayden, Canon Bob Gray and Canon Roger Harmsworth.
The Mandate was read by the Registrar the Revd Andrew Orr who then delivered it into the Dean’s hand whereupon the Dean installed each, taking them in turn by their right hand and placing them individually in their appointed stalls
*As the Dean of Ossory was away, she was installed by proxy through the Revd Margaret Sykes standing in for her.
In his sermon, the Chancellor, the Revd Canon Bob Gray spoke of the day being a happy occasion for the diocese – not only was it the patronal festival for St Edan’s; it also marked a historic development in the life of the newly united dioceses as three new canons are installed – one from Ferns, one from Leighlin and one from Ossory. ‘This is an important development,’ he said, ‘in the uniting of the dioceses and as a member of this chapter for ten years now, he was very happy to extend a warm welcome to the new occupants of the prebendaries!’
Ciaran Kavanagh, Fr Jim Fegan, the Ven. Chris Long, Arthur Minion And the Revd Nicola Halford.
Members Of The Chapter of St Edan’s Cathedral
Dean: The Very Revd Paul G. Mooney, Dr. Theol.
Precentor: The Revd Canon R. J. Harmsworth, B.A., M.Div.
Chancellor: The Revd Canon R.J. Gray, M.A., H. Dip. Ed., M. Phil
Treasurer: The Revd Canon M. J. J. Hayden, B.D., Dip. Hum.
Archdeacon: The Ven. C. W. Long, B.Th., B.A., M.B.E.
Prebendaries Kilrane and Tagmon: The Revd Arthur Minion, B.Th.
Kilrush and Toome: The Very Revd Katharine M. Poulton, B.A. Dip. Th.
Clone and Crosspatrick: The Revd Canon Patrick A. Harvey, M.A., Dip. Th.