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Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory

St Canice’s Kilkenny – 1870 – The time between the times

Welcome to Bishop Michael Burrows’ 150 Disestablishment Virtual Tour of the diocese – and back through history.

On 15 non-consecutive days between today, November 12th and Saturday, December 12th Bishop Burrows will provide short reflections on a topic related to one year in each of the past 150 since Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland in 1870.

All funds raised will go to Bishops’ Appeal literacy projects in the developing world in association with Mothers’ Union and Feed the Minds.

“Although my peregrination plans are now largely virtual, they can, perhaps, in some way warm our hearts as we prepare for a rather strange Christmas,” Bishop Burrows says.  “This ‘virtual’ road run also makes a measure of historical sense as the years between 1870 and 2020 are now bookended by two crises which shook the Church of Ireland and the society in which it is set …Disestablishment and Covid-19. Both tested the resourcefulness of the church; both involved great faith and generosity to allow the church to travel safely through a human, pastoral and economic crisis.”

The audio talks will be available here on the diocesan website and will be buffered immediately to our Facebook page at the time originally scheduled for his arrival at each particular church, providing a cumulative chronicle of his tour.

The timetable for the day will be posted each morning of the tour

He begins in Kilkenny and this week will ‘travel’ through  Castlecomer, Clonenagh and Rathdowney Unions/Groups of parishes, covering the period from 1870 to 1887.

Please donate, if you are in a position to, via the donate button on this page. Cheques made payable to Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal sent to the Diocesan Secretary, Diocesan Office, Palace Coach House, Church Lane, Kilkenny would be most welcome also.