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Appointment to St Ann’s with St Stephen and St Mark announced

Appointment to St Ann’s with St Stephen and St Mark announced
Canon Paul Arbuthnot.

Canon Paul Arbuthnot has been appointed the new Incumbent of the Parish of St Ann with St Stephen and St Mark.

Originally from Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, Canon Paul Arbuthnot spent his childhood as a chorister of St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. He was educated at Downshire School, Carrickfergus, Belfast Royal Academy and read History at Trinity College Dublin. During his time as an undergraduate and postgraduate he was a Lay Vicar of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.

He was made deacon in 2010 and ordained priest in 2011 in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. He served his curacy in St Paul’s, Glenageary. He subsequently became Precentor of St Albans Cathedral in Hertfordshire and Sacrist of Westminster Abbey. On his return to the Church of Ireland in 2018 he became Rector of Cobh and Glanmire Union of Parishes and was elected a Chapter Canon at St Patrick’s Cathedral in 2021.

“I am delighted to have been appointed to St Ann’s and St Stephen’s. I am looking forward to getting to know the people of the parish, engaging with those who pass by our churches on a daily basis and returning to the diocese where I was ordained,” Canon Arbuthnot said.

“However, moving to pastures new is always tinged with an element of sadness. Everyone associated with Cobh and Glanmire Union of Parishes and the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross has shown me much Christian love and deep generosity. The people of the parish and diocese will always have a special place in my heart and will always be in my prayers.

“But I eagerly look forward to fulfilling my calling to this new and exciting ministry in Dublin city centre. I especially look forward to the annual ‘Black Santa’ Christmas appeals. In this parish there are endless possibilities to proclaim Christ in sacrament, word, and deed in this rich and varied setting, and I look forward to getting started,” he added.


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