Church of Ire­land notes

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‘St Pa­trick’s Way’, a new camino style pil­grim walk, which will take in both St Pa­trick’s Me­mo­rial church, Saul, and Down cathe­dral has been launched in Down­patrick. New pil­grim guides Martina Purdy and Elaine Kelly will in turn lead pil­grims on the jour­ney which in­cludes Inch Abbey, Saul church - the site of Pa­trick’s first church in Ire­land, Slieve Pa­trick and the na­tional mon­u­ment, Stru­ell Wells, and St Pa­trick’s grave at Down cathe­dra The Dean of Down, the Very Revd Henry Hull, said, ‘I hope this will in­tro­duce many new peo­ple to the Down­patrick area and the depth of spir­i­tu­al­ity found in the life of our pa­tron saint’.

A sec­ond eight mile route with guides and pil­grims in New­cas­tle on Satur­days has also been launched, and as well, there will also be an Ir­ish lan­guage bilin­gual walk on Sun­days start­ing on 12 July in Down­patrick with Jean O’Neill.

Fur­ther de­tails and book­ings for all or part of the walk, are avail­able at the St Pa­trick Cen­tre, Down­patrick, on (048/028) 4461 9000.

St Eu­nan’s cathe­dral in Raphoe is one of thir­teen projects in Co. Done­gal which has ben­e­fit­ted from a gov­ern­ment scheme to pro­tect his­toric struc­tures and build­ings. In to­tal, ¤140,000 is be­ing al­lo­cated to projects in the county with the lion’s share of ¤80,000, go­ing to the restora­tion of St Eu­nan’s cathe­dral. These lat­est al­lo­ca­tions were made from the His­toric Struc­tures Fund and Built Her­itage In­vest­ment Scheme. Among the other build­ings be­ing sup­ported is St Baithin’s church, Taugh­boyne, in St John­ston, which will re­ceive €2,500to­wards the re­place­ment of out­dated ser­vices.

In Derry, St Columb’s cathe­dral is to get its first fe­male canon in its 400-year his­tory. The Rev Katie McA­teer’s ap­point­ment to the Chap­ter of St Columb’s is one of two an­nounced by the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, the Rt Rev An­drew Forster. Ms McA­teer is the Pas­toral Di­rec­tor of the Christ Church, Cul­more, Muff and St Peter’s group of par­ishes. She will be joined on the Chap­ter by the Rev Robert Boyd, the Rec­tor of Glen­der­mott and New­build­ings who is also Dioce­san Di­rec­tor of Or­di­nands for Derry and Raphoe. Mr Boyd and Ms McA­teer will fill the po­si­tions left va­cant fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of the Ferry broth­ers - David, who has re­tired, and Mal­colm, who has be­come the Rec­tor of Agher­ton Par­ish in Port­stew­art.

An­other new ap­point­ment is that of the Revd Earl Storey as Part-time Church of Ire­land Chap­lain to the De­fence Forces. Mr Storey was nom­i­nated by Arch­bishop Michael Jack­son to the Min­is­ter with re­spon­si­bil­ity for De­fence, Paul Ke­hoe. He will be based at the De­fence Forces Train­ing Cen­tre at the Cur­ragh, and suc­ceeds the Revd Frances Grasham who was ap­pointed to a parochial post in April. Mr Storey was or­dained in 1982 and has served as a rec­tor in par­ishes in North­ern Ire­land and the Repub­lic of Ire­land. Most re­cently he has been ed­i­tor of the Church of Ire­land Gazette.

The Church of Ire­land Gazette, which was avail­able free on-line since the out­break of the Covid 19 pan­demic, will be back in print in July, and its of­fice is now open again for ad­ver­tis­ing and edi­to­rial en­quiries at (048/028) 92675473 or at gazette@ire­land, angli­can.org In­for­ma­tion on sub­scrip­tions may be had at http@//gazette@ire­land.angli­can.org/sub­scribe

The Revd Lor­raine Cap­per, cur­rently part-time stipen­di­ary min­is­ter of Don­agh (Glaslough), Ty­hol­land and Er­ri­gal Tru­agh in Clogher Dio­cese, has been ap­pointed in­cum­bent of Gal­loon (New­town­but­ler), Sal­laghy and Drum­mully, also in Clogher Dio­cese. The in­sti­tu­tion will take place on­line on Thurs­day at 8pm.

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