Wel­come cer­e­mony for new cu­rate at St. Iberius Church

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

A new Church of Ire­land cu­rate as­sis­tant has been ap­pointed in the Wex­ford and Kilsco­ran Union of Par­ishes.

Conor O’Reilly, a na­tive of County Of­faly, re­ceived his priestly min­istry at a li­cens­ing ser­vice in St. Iberius Church fol­low­ing a gar­den party hosted by Rev­erend Arthur Min­ion at the Rec­tory in Park.

Fam­ily, friends and clergy from around the dio­cese gath­ered with parish­ioners to greet the Rev­erend Conor and his wife Mol­lie as they par­tic­i­pated in the spe­cial event.

Wex­ford is Rev­erend O’Reilly’s first min­istry as a Church of Ire­land cu­rate.

A for­mer Catholic priest, he was or­dained in 2001 and de­cided to leave the priest­hood in 2008 af­ter serv­ing in the par­ishes of Askea in County Car­low and Mount­mel­lick in County Laois.

He later changed de­nom­i­na­tion and re-trained at the Church of Ire­land The­o­log­i­cal In­sti­tute in Dublin. He and his wife Mol­lie re­cently moved into the rec­tory in Killinick.

‘I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting to know peo­ple and to jour­ney­ing in faith with them’, he said,.

Dr. Brid­get Ni­chols, Ad­junct As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor in Angli­can­ism and Liturgy in the Church of Ire­land The­o­log­i­cal In­sti­tute, de­liv­ered the ser­mon at the li­cens­ing cer­e­mony and spoke in her ad­dress about the Feast of St. Thomas the Apos­tle on whose feast day the event was held.

Rev­erend O’Reilly was for­mally wel­comed by Bishop Michael Bur­rows and Canon Chan­cel­lor Arthur Min­ion.

The Mayor of Wex­ford Cllr. Tony Dempsey wel­comed him on be­half of the town.

Rev­erend O’Reilly’s wife Mol­lie was pre­sented with a gift of flow­ers on be­half of the Se­lect Vestry by the Hon­orary Sec­re­tary Fran­coise Dav­i­son.

Bishop Bur­rows also men­tioned that this was a spe­cial oc­ca­sion for him as he was cel­e­brat­ing 12 years as Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Os­sory that day. He had cho­sen the Feast of St. Thomas the Apos­tle as the day of his con­se­cra­tion as Bishop.

Fol­low­ing the speeches, Rev­erend Conor was ac­com­pa­nied out of the church by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the parish in which he now serves, sym­bol­is­ing his shared min­istry, as is the cus­tom. Af­ter­wards, re­fresh­ments were served in the church.

There has been no cu­rate in the Wex­ford union of par­ishes since the de­par­ture of Rev­erend Ni­cola Halford who served for three years. The Rev­erend Mar­garet Sykes was thanked for help­ing out the min­istry in Wex­ford in church ser­vices and hospi­tal chap­laincy over the past two years.

Rev Conor O’Reilly and his wife Mol­lie out­side St. Iberius Church.

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