Appointment of New Rector of Whitechurch Announced
The Revd David Bowles has been appointed the new Rector of Whitechurch Parish in the Diocese of Dublin. David is currently serving in the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.
David grew up in Blackrock, County Dublin and attended St Brigid’s National School in Stillorgan and was a parishioner of St Brigid’s Parish. After completing his secondary education in Newpark School, he studied Hotel Management in DIT Cathal Brugha Street. He trained in the Kensington Hilton Hotel. He went on to study ACCA Accountancy and worked in finance for a number of years, including while he studies for his Mth in CITI.
Having been ordained a Deacon in 2013, David served as Intern Deacon in Taney Parish for two years. He was appointed Curate Assistant in Douglas Union of Parishes, in Cork, Cloyne and Ross from 2015 to 2019 being ordained Priest in 2015. In 2019 he was appointed half time Priest–in–Charge of Moviddy Union of Parishes, west of Cork City and also half time Healthcare Chaplain in Cork University Hospital and the Bon Secours Hospital in Cork city.
David is married to Michelle and they have two children, Harry and Hannah. Also part of their family are the cats, Patches and Mitzy.
He is currently on the Diocesan Youth Council and chair of children’s ministry group in Cork, Cloyne and Ross.
He enjoys singing bass, playing badminton, golf, reading, watching Liverpool play soccer and Leinster play rugby.
Following the announcement of his appointment David said his ministry in Cork had been very rewarding and was now looking forward to this next phase.
“It is a bittersweet moment for me as I conclude my seven years of ministry on Cork, Cloyne and Ross Diocese. I have made many friends and met many lovely people in my time in Cork, in Douglas Union with Frankfield and most recently in Moviddy Union of Parishes and also in the hospitals. Moviddy Union have been extremely supportive during our time here and I will remember them with gratitude and fondness. My ministry has been so very rewarding and I look forward to starting a new chapter with my family serving in Whitechurch Parish,” he commented.
David succeeds Canon Horace McKinley who retired last year.