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Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory

Installations at St Canice’s Cathedral

There have been two more installations to the St Canice’s Cathedral Chapter recently.

On Sunday 20th March The Reverend Canon Treasurer Brian O’Rourke was installed as Treasurer of the Chapter by the Dean of Ossory.  His appointment follows the retirement of Canon Barbara Fryday and the installation took place during Choral Evensong.







Canon O’Rourke, in his sermon, noted that since he had been invited to preach the world had changed utterly with the invasion of Ukraine, and that many people he speaks to find it difficult to pray in such a time.  He asked where is God in all of this?  He shared the story of a teenage girl destined for a Nazi death camp who wrote a prayer in her cell, and who managed in that moment of desperation to turn her eyes toward the Divine.








Photo: The Reverend Canon Treasurer Brian O’Rourke (on the right) with the Dean of Ossory, The Very Reverend Stephen Farrell and Bishop’s Vicar, The Reverend Dr Canon Richard Marsh.

The Reverend Dr Canon Richard Marsh was installed as Prebendary of Aghour by the Dean of Ossory at Choral Evensong on Sunday, March 13th last.

Preaching at his installation, Canon Marsh asked the question, what are cathedral chapters for?  The answer he offered was that chapters have a responsibility to pray and to worship, and they are to have a voice – to challenge, consider and reflect.  Looking around at the monuments in the cathedral some of which are linked with colonialism he reflected that a chapter must also grapple with the past whilst looking to the future.

Congratulations to both on their new appointments.