Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory

The institution of the Reverend Edna Wakely
as incumbent of Castlecomer Union of Parishes
took place on Friday, July 3rd 2020
The Reverend Edna Wakely,
rector of Castlecomer Union of Parishes
The Reverend Canon Mark Hayden
instructing churchwardens ahead
of the reopening of Christ Church Gorey
Diocesan Review Commission meets on Zoom Denise Hughes retiring as Diocesan Secretary Tullow parishioners are making masks
in aid of Spinal Injuries Ireland
Light breaking through


Church of Ireland House, 61 – 67 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2QH



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 For immediate release: Monday, 8th June 2020

 Church of Ireland Launches
Returning to In-Church Worship Protocols

The Church of Ireland has published protocols for a return to in-church worship to provide guidance to parishes – in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – in relation to the reopening of places of worship that have been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Returning to In-Church Worship Protocols document is now available in the Parish Resources section of the Church of Ireland website: www.ireland.anglican.org/parish-resources

In a joint introduction, the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Revd John McDowell, and the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, write: “Reopening churches for public worship is only possible if it can be done safely and by minimising the risk of spreading Covid-19. We strongly commend the implementation of these protocols.”

Nine stages for reopening church buildings are set out, starting with communicating with workers and parishioners prior to opening on a specific date.  The protocols have been prepared by representatives from the House of Bishops, the Representative Body Executive Committee, and the staff of the Representative Church Body, the Church’s central trustee body.

At all times, churches must comply fully with all relevant current legislation in their respective jurisdiction, and follow the advice of health authorities, particularly in relation to social distancing, hand hygiene, and respiratory hygiene.

Mothers' Union Diocesan Festival Service 2020

The Peace of the Lord be always with you!

bishopWelcome to the website of the Diocese of Cashel Ferns and Ossory.

We are one of the twelve dioceses of the Church of Ireland, covering a large area of the South East from Rosslare to Mountrath and from Gorey to Cahir.

We hope what you see and read on this site will give you an impression of our life, worship and witness and make you feel very welcome to join in our activities.

We have a long history and nearly one hundred and fifty church buildings, including six ancient cathedrals. But at the end of the day we are about people…. Bringing them into fellowship with God and with each another as week by week we gather to break the bread and to tell the ever – fresh story of God’s loving presence in Jesus Christ and in the whole life of the world.

Some find faith easy, some find it very challenging, but wherever you are on your journey of faith we welcome you and wish to walk with you in the quest for hope and holiness.

Web pages, however captivating, are no substitute for human contact or for the love and care we all need if we are to face the turbulence and pace of modern life. We hope what you read here will draw you into our midst as we seek though worship and personal encounter to make our response to the human experience of God.

Michael Cashel Ferns and Ossory

Diocesan Magazine

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Mrs Denise Hughes
The Diocesan Office
The Palace Coach House
Church Lane Kilkenny
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Ferns Diocesan Board of Education Grant – First Year Child Assistance for Secondary School



Ferns Diocesan Board of Education also offers Scholarships to Irish College


Latest News

13 Sep: Ordination of the Reverend Patricia (Pat) Coleman to the Diaconate

Pat Coleman was Ordained to the Diaconate in the Cathedral Church of Saint Laserian in Old Leighlin by the Right…

10 Sep: Supporting children as schools re-start article

As you may have seen in this month’s Church of Ireland Gazette, Peter Hamill and Robert Dunne have written an…

10 Sep: Vocations Sunday – September 13th 2020

Please see videos related to Vocation Sunday, September 13th at the link below. The first video It’s Your Call,  was…

31 Aug: Bishop’s Monthly letter – September 2020

A TIME OF UNCERTAINTY   Dear Friends Normally my September letter offers good wishes and encouragement to the parishes as…

29 Aug: The Reverend Janet Finlay ordained a priest in the Church of God today

The Ordination of JANET FINLAY as a Priest in the Church of God took place in St Peter’s Church, Portlaoise…

27 Aug: New Church of Ireland Safeguarding Website – also 1-min video competition to enter

Church of Ireland Safeguarding Board Launches New Website The Safeguarding Board for the Church of Ireland has created a new-look…

It is important that somehow we ensure in these times that music remains part of our worship even in new and imaginative ways – perhaps through the reflective use of instrumental music or through meditative listening to recorded singing. 

Bishop’s September letter

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RSS Church of Ireland

  • Sun, 20th September 2020
    Principal Service A cycle:Exodus 16: 2–15Psalm 105: 1–6, 37–45Philippians 1: 21–30Matthew 20: 1–16B cycle:Jonah 3:10–4:11Psalm 145:1–8Philippians 1: 21–30Matthew 20: 1–16 Second Service A cycle:Ezekiel 33: 23, 30 – 34:10Psalm 119: 113–136Acts 26: 1, 9–25Mark 9: 30–37B cycle:Ezekiel 33: 23, 30 – 34:10Psalm 119:121–128Acts 26: 1, 9–25Mark 9: 30–37