The Revd Ross Styles Appointed Rector of Newcastle, Newtownmountkennedy with Calary
The Revd Ross Styles, Curate in the Christ Church Cathedral Group of Parishes, Dublin, has been appointed Rector of the Parishes of Newcastle, Newtownmountkennedy with Calary in the Diocese of Glendalough. The announcement was made in both parishes this morning (Sunday November 22). He succeeds the Revd William Bennett who retired earlier this year.
The Revd Styles grew up in in the parish of Ballynure, County Wicklow, part of the Baltinglass Group of Parishes. Following school in Kilkenny College he studied horticulture, which was the focus of his working life in various private and public sectors. As a mature student he graduated from UCD with a degree in history and economics. He is married to Fiona and they have two children, Ben (10) and Ava (8).
In 2010 he began the foundation course in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute and in the following year he joined the part–time master’s in theology course. He was ordained deacon in 2015 and spent two years as a deacon intern with Canon David Mungavin in the parish of St Patrick’s, Greystones.
In 2017 he was ordained priest and has served as Curate in the Christ Church Cathedral Group of Parishes for the last three years.
Commenting on his appointment, Ross says: “It is a great honour to have been appointed to the parishes of Newcastle, Newtownmountkennedy with Calary and I am humbled by this faith in me. I have really enjoyed my time as curate in the Christ Church Cathedral Group of Parishes. I have learnt so much and I will always be truly grateful for the warmth and care that Archdeacon Pierpoint and all the parishioners have shown to Fiona, Ben, Ava and me. We will be sad to say farewell, but we are thoroughly looking forward to serving and getting to know the people of Newcastle, Newtownmountkennedy and Calary and becoming part of their community of faith. Please keep them and us in your prayers.”