Dublin & Glendalough Diocese - Latest News http://dublin.anglican.org/news/ en-gb http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss rtCMS dco@dublin.anglican.org andrew@rtnetworks.net Dublin & Glendalough Diocese Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal Launches Emergency Crisis Appeal for East Africa http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/Church-of-Ireland-Bishops-Appeal-Launches-Emergency-Crisis-Appeal-for-East-Africa- East Africa AppealIn an urgent response to the crisis in East Africa, the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal has launched an emergency appeal to raise funds for Christian Aid and Tearfund, who are working with partners in the region to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance. The Bishops’ Appeal is appealing for contributions from parishes and individuals throughout the island of Ireland to help with the disaster relief efforts. 

The Rt Revd Patrick Rooke, Chairperson of Bishops’ Appeal, said: ‘Hunger on a massive scale is looming across South Sudan, northern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, as a combination of drought and conflict has left nearly 20 million people without enough food to feed themselves.  Kenya and Ethiopia are also on the verge of crisis, with millions in need of humanitarian assistance.  Across these countries, people are in critical need of food, water and health support with women and children suffering the most. The United Nations has referred to this as the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, and we cannot stand by and allow the suffering to continue.’

Parish and individual donations are encouraged and greatly appreciated at this time.  Dates for parish responses can be chosen locally over the coming weeks with proceeds sent to: Bishops’ Appeal, Church of Ireland House, Church Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin 6.  Donations can also be made online at https://store.ireland.anglican.org/donations.  Queries from parishes should be directed to Bishops’ Appeal diocesan representatives or to the Education Advisor, Alexandra Reihill, at bishopsappeal@ireland.anglican.org

Photo caption: A mother with her 12–month old daughter who has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition.  Photograph courtesy of Andeea Campeanu/Christian Aid.

Thu, 23 March 2017 12:09:00 GMT http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/Church-of-Ireland-Bishops-Appeal-Launches-Emergency-Crisis-Appeal-for-East-Africa- Lynn Glanville
London Attack – Our Thoughts Are With the People of London This Evening http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/London-Attack--Our-Thoughts-Are-With-the-People-of-London-This-Evening CandleArchbishop Michael Jackson has offered prayers for the people of London following this afternoon’s attack in Westminster:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of London and the United Kingdom this evening as they come to terms with the terror visited upon them today. We pray for the families and loved ones of those killed in Westminster this afternoon and all injured in and affected by the attack. Our thoughts are also with the emergency services and all who work in the aftermath of the atrocity.

“While London occupies a special place in the hearts and lives of many Irish people, and many will have relatives and friends in the city who will be touched by fear and sorrow this evening, we continue to pray for the people of Syria and Iraq where untold suffering persists and for people all around the globe who live with terror on a daily basis.”

Candle image by Iva Beranek

Wed, 22 March 2017 20:26:00 GMT http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/London-Attack--Our-Thoughts-Are-With-the-People-of-London-This-Evening Lynn Glanville
Church of Ireland Refugee Working Groups Launch Resource on Supporting Asylum Seekers and Refugees http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/Church-of-Ireland-Refugee-Working-Groups-Launch-Resource-on-Supporting-Asylum-Seekers-and-Refugees Refugee Working GroupsThe Church of Ireland’s Refugee Working Groups have launched a new resource on supporting asylum seekers and refugees in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  The 14–page document summarises how the Church of Ireland has supported asylum seekers and refugees in recent years and highlights opportunities for members of the Church to become more involved in this area of ministry and service.

Bishop Patrick Rooke, Chairman of the Republic of Ireland Working Group, said: ‘This is an excellent resource for all those who want to be informed about the refugee crises and what the response of the two Governments and the Church of Ireland has been. The many statistics and other factual points it contains are testament to the research and information gathering involved.’

Bishop Ken Good, Chairman of the Northern Ireland Working Group, said: ‘It is clear that public awareness of the plight of asylum seekers and refugees fluctuates considerably depending on the emotional impact of media coverage. This resource seeks to provide helpful information to keep before us the scale of the human need while also acknowledging people’s fears and concerns. Being informed about the facts is important. It is also encouraging to read some good news stories about the practical ways in which Christian Churches and other agencies are responding to this crisis.’

The resource is available online from www.ireland.anglican.org/resources

Photo caption: The Rt Revd Ken Good, Chairman of the Refugee Working Group (Northern Ireland); The Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh; The Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin; and The Rt Revd Patrick Rooke, Chairman of the Refugee Working Group (Republic of Ireland) pictured at the launch.

Wed, 22 March 2017 13:04:00 GMT http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/Church-of-Ireland-Refugee-Working-Groups-Launch-Resource-on-Supporting-Asylum-Seekers-and-Refugees Lynn Glanville
Statement from the Archbishop of Dublin on the Death of Former DeputyFirst Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/Statement-from-the-Archbishop-of-Dublin-on-the-Death-of-Former-First-Minister-of-Northern-Ireland-Martin-McGuinness Archbishop Michael Jackson has issued a statement following the announcement this morning of the death of Martin McGuinness, former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, at the age of 66. He said:

“I wish to express my sympathy on the death of Martin McGuinness to all members of his family and to those who hold him dear. I do so in recognition of his contribution to peace and to reconciliation as an integral part of the process of politics. Over a sustained period he committed himself in partnership with others to building a platform of peace in a broken world. Reconciliation changes individuals and it changes lives because at its heart it is transformative of inherited and accumulated caricatures and wrongdoings. It is one of the signs of the Kingdom of God in our midst. God calls all to work for the furtherance of the Kingdom regardless of our human frailty. I further wish to recognise the courage he showed in enduring a most debilitating illness in the last months and to pray for comfort for his wife and family at this time.”

Wed, 22 March 2017 11:28:00 GMT http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/Statement-from-the-Archbishop-of-Dublin-on-the-Death-of-Former-First-Minister-of-Northern-Ireland-Martin-McGuinness Lynn Glanville
Dublin & Glendalough National Schools Choir Competition 2017 http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/-Dublin-and-Glendalough-National-Schools-Choir-Competition-2017 D&G 800The inaugural Diocesan National Schools Choir Competition will take place in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin on April 2 at 6pm. The event is part of the celebrations for the Dublin and Glendalough 800 anniversary.

Across the United Dioceses school choirs have been practicing for this event. A total of 10 school choirs are taking part with entrants hailing from Rathfarnham, Greystones, Sandford, Taney Parish, Dunlavin, Celbridge, Glenageary and Killiney, Wicklow, Donore Avenue and Whitechurch, Dublin.

Over the past few months, the pupils and teachers from these schools have been beavering away learning new music and honing their performance skills. In the competition, each school will sing two pieces of music: one of which must be capable of being sung in a worship setting. The adjudicators on the night will be Dr Kerry Houston, Head of Academic Studies in the DIT Conservatory of Music and Mr Ian Keatley, Director of Music in Christ Church Cathedral.

As music is an important part in building confidence, skills and an occasion for teamwork especially for children, this competition will foster a sense of unity within schools, the dioceses and will give children an opportunity to exhibit their God given gifts for singing to a wider audience.

The event should last approximately two hours and prizes will be awarded for the best overall choir, the best unison choir and the best part–singing choir.

Mon, 20 March 2017 11:11:00 GMT http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/-Dublin-and-Glendalough-National-Schools-Choir-Competition-2017 Lynn Glanville
Cathedral Choirs Sing in Harmony at St Patrick’s Eve Celebration http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/Cathedral-Choirs-Sing-in-Harmony-at-St-Patricks-Eve-Celebration St Patrick's Eve Evensong in Christ Church CathedralA celebration of unity on the eve of St Patrick’s Day saw the Church of Ireland and Catholic Archbishops of Dublin lead a Festal Choral Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral. The choirs of Christ Church Cathedral and St Mary’s Pro Cathedral sang together to reflect the theme of a shared desire for Christian unity.

Archbishop Michael Jackson and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin both delivered an address during the service and gave the blessing together at the end.

In his address, Archbishop Jackson noted that St Patrick was trafficked, was a slave and had been taken by brute force from his own country. But he responded to the call of the Irish by returning to the country where he had been humiliated, betrayed and ill used.

He said the service on the Eve of St Patrick’s Day took place faithfully and ecumenically and in recognition that St Patrick’s Day itself is a celebration of Irishness worldwide. The Irish diaspora across the world had often made an impact for good. Other people found their sense of community infectious and this has been our gift to the world, he stated.

“So what has gone so tragically wrong at home, and has been so abjectly wrong as a concealed wrong that has incriminated the victim in the ways that abuse so cruelly and successfully does, in such a way that lives are destroyed, facts are distorted and individuals are depersonalized? We cannot call it anything other than The Mother and Baby Home Scandal,” Archbishop Jackson stated. He said St Patrick’s Day 2017 would be different in Ireland as a result of the recent revelations and said listening must be our voice in St Patrick’s–tide 2017.

You can read the text of Archbishop Jackson’s address here.

In his address, Archbishop Martin said our God is a God of love. Time and time again in Scripture we see God go beyond his own anger, the Archbishop said. He added that God doesn’t react to our turning away from him in sin but recoils and ultimately turns to us to offer his mercy. The same ideas are seen in St Patrick’s writings with St Patrick turning back towards those who sinned against him. When writing to the warrior king Coroticus, who killed many newly converted Christians, he gave him the opportunity of repentance.

“Sadly so often today we are confronted with only a shallow caricature of St Patrick. He was a man of God, a man of prayer and a man with a deep sense of God’s love and forgiveness. There can be no authentic celebration of the feast of St Patrick which fails to see the depth of his life and spirituality,” Archbishop Martin stated.

Photo caption: The choirs of Christ Church Cathedral and St Mary’s Pro Cathedral with Archbishop Michael Jackson and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and clergy representing both cathedrals at the Eve of the Feast of St Patrick Festal Evensong on March 16.

Fri, 17 March 2017 13:43:00 GMT http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/Cathedral-Choirs-Sing-in-Harmony-at-St-Patricks-Eve-Celebration Lynn Glanville
Stunning New Film Series Offers Young People Fresh Perspective on Faith http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/Stunning-New-Film-Series-Offers-Young-People-Fresh-Perspective-on-Faith Nua launchAn exciting new film series designed to engage young people in the exploration of their faith was launched this week. NUA Film Series encourages questions, acknowledges doubt and offers a new perspective on Christian faith. It provides young people, and viewers of all ages, with the opportunity to discuss their worldview and wrestle with the things that don’t seem to make sense.

NUA was commissioned by Scripture Union Ireland and was launched in Gonzaga College on Wednesday evening (March 14). Produced and presented by Jonny Somerville, directed by Greg Fromholz and filmed by Tiny Ark, the result is an outstanding resource with stunning visuals and really engaging content.

Over the series of eight short films, NUA addresses many of the big questions including ‘Jesus: Fact or Fiction?’, ‘How Can You Say That God is Good?’ and ‘Has the Church Caused More Harm Than Good?’ The first episode, ‘How Did We Get Here?’ was shown at the launch and while NUA doesn’t presume to give the answers, it provides a broad base for discussion and gives voice to the many questions people have when considering creation and events like the Big Bang.

Each film lasts about 15 minutes and is intended to be watched over time in an educational setting, youth group, college campus or with friends. NUA was written, reviewed and edited by more than 30 trusted critics including a small inter church theological group, chaplains and RE teachers, clergy, youth workers, parents and actual young people.

Introducing NUA, Jonny Somerville said it was not one man’s theology. He, Greg Fromholz (who apart from directing films is also Dublin & Glendalough’s Young Adults Officer) and Scott Evans (Church of Ireland Chaplain at UCD) wrote the original scripts. These were then sent to the ecumenical panel where they were “ripped to shreds and put back together again”. “I believe NUA is acceptable to all denominations,” he said.

Nua launchA panel of reviewers gave their opinions on the applications of NUA on the night. Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, Bishop Eamonn Walsh, suggested that in a parish context it could be used for confirmation groups and youth groups as well as Advent and Lent discussion groups. “NUA says it’s OK to be a Christian and be full of thoughts. This gets across that God’s spirit is in everyone,” he commented.

Anna Maloney, Post Primary Advisor with the Dublin Archdiocese, said she was delighted that they could now offer a resource to schools. As a teacher herself, she said: “It was clear how you would go about teaching it in a classroom setting. We’re looking for something that isn’t naff and will engage young people… This is so new and fresh. Students will buy into it,” she said.

Ken Rue of Dublin & Glendalough’s Council for Mission and Associate Vicar of Wicklow and Killiskey Parishes, said that from a Church of Ireland context NUA would be great for youth clubs but said adults would be equally engaged. He praised the quality and said he particularly liked the built in pauses for discussion.

Peter Rigney of Alpha Ireland said there were lots of similarities between Alpha Youth and NUA and the film series would be a great way to follow up on an Alpha course. He said Jonny had worked with Alpha Youth in schools and began to understand the needs of young people in an Irish context.

Greg Fromholz paid tribute to the almost 200 people who collaborated in making the series. “NUA is not just one person talking. It is constantly changing and engaging. It takes us on a journey. We went to different locations to shoot NUA – Israel and Palestine to walk in the steps of Jesus, New York because it is a special place and we showed off our own country. But it is a journey,” he commented.

General Director of Scripture Union, Jim Donnan, thanked everyone who had contributed financially to the making of NUA and all who were involved in making the series a reality. “NUA allows young people to be open, to express their questions about faith. We want to direct them towards the one who gives the answers to all their questions. It is an excellent resource which is tailor made for RE teachers, chaplains, leaders and for anyone who wants to engage young people in faith. Take this resource and use it with young people. Give young people the chance to encounter Jesus,” he said.

The NUA resources comprise a USB – with eight episodes, nine training videos, the series trailer, eight Irish street interviews and a media pack; the NUA Guide which includes lesson plans, summaries and suggestions for engagement activities; and the NUA Journal for viewers to write notes and record their faith journey. They can all be ordered on the NUA website: www.nuafilmseries.ie

Photo captions:

Top: Jonny Somerville and Greg Fromholz chat at the Nua launch.

Bottom: Bishop Eamonn Walsh, Anna Maloney, the Revd Ken Rue and Peter Rigney at the launch of the NUA Film Series in Gonzaga College.

Thu, 16 March 2017 16:43:00 GMT http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/Stunning-New-Film-Series-Offers-Young-People-Fresh-Perspective-on-Faith Lynn Glanville
Blessing of the Shamrock St Patrick’s Celebration in DIT Grangegorman http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/Blessing-of-the-Shamrock-St-Patricks-Celebration-in-DIT-Grangegorman Blessing of the ShamrockA special ‘Blessing of the Shamrock’ service took place in St Laurence’s on the Grangegorman Campus of Dublin Institute of Technology on Wednesday (March 14). The service was led by the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Diarmuid Martin who delivered the Homily and the Archdeacon of Dublin, the Ven David Pierpoint, who blessed the shamrock.

The service was attended by students and staff of DIT as well as nurses who worked in the former St Brendan’s Hospital which occupied the site previously.

In his homily, Archbishop Martin noted that the world was becoming a less secure place and that root of that fragility lay in the challenge between good and evil. “Conversion is a call to change direction in our lives and recognise that we are not trapped in our current route,” he said.

Speaking of the importance of prayer to St Patrick, the Archbishop said that if we recognised the centrality of prayer to our faith and the importance of God in our prayer there could be no justification for evil and exclusion.

Blessing of the ShamrockTwo students of DIT, Michael Adesi and Siobhán Doyle, read from a reflection from a legend of St Patrick Questions of Ethne Alba from the seventh century.

The shamrock was blessed by Archdeacon Pierpoint before being handed out to the congregation.

During the service Archdeacon Pierpoint led prayers for the crew of the Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 116, their families and all involved in the recovery efforts off the coast of Mayo.

Photo captions:

Top – Church of Ireland Chaplaincy Coordinator, the Revd Rob Jones, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archdeacon David Pierpoint and  Coordinator of DIT’s Chaplaincy Service, Fr Alan Hilliard in St Laurence’s at DIT Grangegorman for the Blessing of the Shamrock Service in advance of St Patrick’s Day.

Bottom – Archdeacon David Pierpoint blesses the shamrock during a service at DIT Grangegorman.


Thu, 16 March 2017 14:09:00 GMT http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/Blessing-of-the-Shamrock-St-Patricks-Celebration-in-DIT-Grangegorman Lynn Glanville
Services Marking St Patrick’s Day in Christ Church and St Patrick’s Cathedrals http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/Services-Marking-St-Patricks-Day-in-Christ-Church-and-St-Patricks-Cathedrals St Patrick's 2016 in Christ ChurchChrist Church Cathedral will hold two services to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Tonight (Thursday March 16) there will be a festival Evensong with the combined choirs of Christ Church Cathedral and St Mary’s Pro Cathedral to promote a shared desire for Christian unity. The service starts at 6.00 pm and will be led by Archbishop Michael Jackson and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. All are very welcome to attend.

Tomorrow, on St Patrick’s Day, there will be a celebration of the Eucharist and blessing of the shamrock on at 2.30 pm as thanksgiving for the legacy of this missionary and patron saint of Ireland.

St Patrick’s Cathedral will celebrate their Patronal Day with a special Eucharist at 11.15 am tomorrow morning.

A special ecumenical celebration of Ireland’s patron saint in word, song and traditional Irish music will take place in St Patrick’s Cathedral tomorrow evening at 6.00 pm. This event is organised by Dublin Council of Churches.


Photo shows Archbishop Michael Jackson and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin during last years St Patrick’s Eve service in Christ Church Cathedral.

Thu, 16 March 2017 12:30:00 GMT http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/Services-Marking-St-Patricks-Day-in-Christ-Church-and-St-Patricks-Cathedrals Lynn Glanville
Church of Ireland 2017 Communications Competition Now Open: Magazine, Website and Social Media Competition http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/Church-of-Ireland-2017-Communications-Competition-Now-Open-Magazine-Website-and-Social-Media-Competition The Central Communications Board’s annual Communications Competition is now open and invites entries within each of the following categories from Church of Ireland parishes, dioceses and affiliated organisations:

  • Magazines
  • Websites
  • Social Media (including videos)

Quality of presentation, strength of content and outreach potential are once again to be the standards of excellence against which entries will be judged. The closing date is Friday 21st April 2017. Winners will be announced at the General Synod in the South Court Hotel, Limerick, 4th–6th May 2017.

Parish and diocesan magazines are important for the exchange of news and views in Church communities and printed media continues to play a vital role within the life of the Church of Ireland. In addition, websites help the wider community to know about and participate in the life of the Church of Ireland, whether in parishes, dioceses or affiliated organisations, as well as helping internal communications by providing a hub for information and interaction. Beyond this, social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr create two–way platforms for communications, providing a potentially vast audience and offering innovative ways to assist in the Church’s ministry. This year’s social media category this year will also invite entries for videos of up to 5 minutes in length, reflecting an aspect of parish, diocesan or cathedral life, including youth work.  Winning entries will be profiled on the Church of Ireland website.

Within the Church of Ireland there are good examples of how all these various forms of communication are being used to build Christian community and communicate the Christian faith. This competition is an opportunity to learn what others are doing, to showcase good work and to join in.

CCB Chairman, the Most Revd Pat Storey, says:“There are multiple ways of communicating the Christian faith and the Church, whether in print, through websites or through the new opportunities opened up by social media.  Communication can be hard work but it is incredibly worthwhile.  I encourage you to send in your best work and we are looking forward to seeing how the different parts of our Church present themselves to the wider world.”

In the Magazine section, entries are invited in three categories:

  • Diocesan Magazine
  • Parish Magazine/Newsletter
  • Church of Ireland affiliated organisation Magazine/Newsletter

In the Website section, entries are invited in three categories:

  • Diocesan Website
  • Parish Website
  • Church of Ireland affiliated organisation Website

In the Social Media section, there are three categories:

  • Most Innovative Use of Social Media e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.
  • Most Engaging Blog
  • Most Engaging Video (parish/diocesan/cathedral)

Entries are welcome from any committee or group associated with the Church of Ireland.

Please obtain an entry form for the Magazine, Website, Social Media and Video categories from Peter Cheney, Church of Ireland Press Office (by email: press@ireland.anglican.org or phone: from NI 028 9082 8882, from RoI 048 9082 8882) and send entries as follows.

Magazines: One recent copy must be sent in hard copy with entry form to Peter Cheney, Press Office, Church of Ireland House, 61–67 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2QH, Northern Ireland.

Website, Social Media and Video: Entry forms should be sent with an example or link including a description of the content and the objective of the initiative, to Peter Cheney, Press Office, Church of Ireland House, 61–67 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2QH, Northern Ireland or to press@ireland.anglican.org

Remember: the closing date for entries is

Friday 21st April 2017.

Wed, 15 March 2017 10:17:00 GMT http://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/03/Church-of-Ireland-2017-Communications-Competition-Now-Open-Magazine-Website-and-Social-Media-Competition Lynn Glanville