Press Releases / Statement from the Diocesan Glebes and Finance committee on behalf of the Diocesan Councils
With much regret Dublin & Glendalough Glebes and Finance Committee on behalf of Diocesan Councils announces the closure of the Parish of St George and St Thomas, Dublin. The Parish will cease to exist in April 2017 but the church on Cathal Bruagh Street, Dublin 1, will remain within the Church of Ireland.
In March 2015, the Glebes and Finance committee in response to a growing concern regarding the parish’s financial position, evidenced through their annual accounts (and confirmed by their accountant), met with the Rev. Obinna Ulogwara and the parish officers. Those present were given suggested ways in which they could raise additional regular funding to maintain ministry in the parish.
In August 2016, the parish accountant informed the Archbishop that the parish would become insolvent by Spring of 2017 as no additional funding had been achieved. The Archdeacon of Dublin in consultation with the Parochial Organisation and Development Committee examined different options in an attempt to preserve this historic parish from insolvency or even bankruptcy. Unfortunately, no alternative was found, however it remained a concern of this committee that the church should not be sold off but remain a Church of Ireland presence in the heart of the city of Dublin.
At a meeting of the Diocesan Councils in December 2016, it was unanimously agreed that the parish could no longer provide the necessary finance for ministry nor function on its own and that steps should be taken to amalgamate St George and St Thomas with another parish. It was also agreed not to sell the property and that the church building remain within the family of the Church of Ireland.
At a meeting with the Rev. Obinna, the Select Vestry, parishioners and other users of the church in mid–January and following much discussion, the Select Vestry put forward a formal proposal requesting the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough to take over administration of the parish with immediate effect and that the parish be amalgamated with another parish following the closing service on 23rd April 2017 at which the Archbishop will be the celebrant and preacher. Parishioners will be free to worship anywhere they choose, but it is hoped that when an amalgamation occurs, they will worship in their new church (receiving parish) which will be asked to include the title of St George and St Thomas.
Throughout this entire process, the spiritual, pastoral and liturgical needs of the parishioners and the Rev. Obinna and his family, have been a major concern. The Archbishop and the Archdeacon have been in constant contact with the Rev. Obinna regarding his future ministry. Pastoral support for the Rev. Obinna is on–going.
Major restoration works will be required on the roof of the Church so that it may be used in some new and innovative way in the future.
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Posted: Thursday 9th February 2017
Added By: Lynn Glanville