Pilgrimage from St Senan’s, Inniscarra, County Cork to Slattery Island

This year marks the 200th anniversary of St Senan’s Chruch, Inniscarra, in the River Lee valley, County Cork.

Church of St Senan, Inniscarra, County Cork.

Recently, as part of the bicentenary celebrations the parish went on pilgrimage to Scattery Island led by the Reverend Robert Ferris.  St Senan, settled on Scattery Island in the Sixth Century.

Pilgrimage to Scattery Island.

It was a lovely day trip to a very special place – a chance to learn, pray,  have fun and celebrate Holy Communion together on the Island.

Pilgrimage to Scattery Island.

Pilgrimage to Scattery Island.

Pilgrimage to Scattery Island.

Pilgrimage to Scattery Island.

Pilgrimage to Scattery Island.

Posted in Bicentenary, Churches in Cork, Pilgrimage, Spirituality

Lord Mayor of Cork Makes Annual Courtesy Visit to Bishop Paul and Mrs Susan Colton

On Tuesday, 21st May 2019, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn, made a courtesy call to the Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, and Mrs Susan Colton, at their home in Cork City.  The Lord Mayor was accompanied by the CEO of Cork City Council, Ms Ann Doherty.

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn, signs the visitors’ book. Picture: Sam Wynn.

Due to building works on the Bishop’s House in 2018 the visit was much later in the Lord Mayor’s term of office.  As ever, the visit provided an opportunity to discuss the latest news and developments in the life of the City and the Church of Ireland.  The United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, particularly through the ministry of the Bishop of the Diocese, work in close partnership with the civic authorities in Cork City and Cork County alike.

On the occasion of the Lord Mayor’s courtesy visit were (l-r) Ms Ann Doherty (CEO of Cork City Council), the Lord Mayor, the Bishop, and Mrs Susan Colton. Picture: Sam Wynn.

Posted in Bishop, Bishops of Cork, Church in Society, Community Involvement, Cork, Lord Mayor of Cork

Cork, Cloyne and Ross at General Synod 2019 in Derry

The General Synod of the Church of Ireland was held in Derry from 16th to 18th May.  Bishop, clergy and laity from the other end of the country in Cork, Cloyne and Ross were in attendance.  Here are the photos:

The Bishop – a Derry boy born five minutes away from the mural in the city of Derry in 1960 – with the Derry Girls.

Richard Dring, Andrew Coleman, the Reverend Denis MacCarthy, and Richard Godsil

Dean Nigel Dunne, Andrew Coleman, Scott Hayes (Ecclesiastical Insurance), the Reverend Denis MacCarthy, and Richard Godsil.

Dr Alicia SDt Leger

The Bishop in reflective mood before the session of Synod opens.

David Bourne and the Reverend Cliff Jeffers being photobombed by Wilfred Baker.

Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson, Mrs Jacqui Wilkinson, and Dean Nigel Dunne.

The Reverend Sarah Marry.

‘A Derry Girl’

Some of the Cork, Cloyne and Ross people at Synod pushing ‘The Derry Girls’ out of the picture.

Mr Wilfred Baker negotiating the steps of the theatre.

The Reverend Denis MacCarthy and Andrew Coleman.

The Reverend Robert Ferris, being photobombed by the Reverend Anne Skuse and Richard Godsil.

The Reverend Canon Dr Daniel Nuzum.

Vicky Coomber and Patricia Bogan

Dean Susan Green and the Reverend Andrew Orr

The Bishop – caught this time

The Bishop shares a joke with the Primate in the chair.

Canon Eithne Lynch, her last General Synod before she retires.

Billy Skuse, Diocesan Secretary and the Reverend Anne Skuse with the Derry Girls.

The Diocesan Secretary, Billy Skuse with the Guildhall in the background.

Richard Godsil and the Reverend Anne Skuse with their ‘General Synod bags’ in The Diamond.

‘The Derry Girls’

Posted in Bishop, Church of Ireland, Clergy, General Synod, People from Cork, People from the Diocese, Photo Montage

‘Allies for Inclusion’ Award for St Anne’s Church Shandon and for Bishop Paul Colton in Cork

The annual LGBTI+ Awareness Week in Cork City was held last week (12th to 18th May).  The week coincides each year with the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biophobia.  Having itself received the Ally Award at the GALAS – Ireland’s national LGBTI+ Awards, the LGBTI+ Inter Agency Group in Cork decided this year to celebrate the allies they have made in Cork. At the formal launch of this year’s LGBTI+ Awareness Week in Cork City Hall by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn, awards were presented to ‘Allies for Inclusion.’

Pictured are, Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn with Phil Corcoran, Sexual Health Centre, Tony Power, Cork City Council, Triona Healy, Cork Community Work Department, Tom Cronin, DEASP, Margo Hayes, Cork City Partnership, Kieran O’Connell, Cork City Council, Padraig Rice, Gay Project Coordinator, Liam Ronayne, Cork City Librarian, Garda Lorraine O’Donovan, Denise Twohig, TUSLA, Patrica Looney, Cork City Library, Kate Moynihan, LINC, Siobhan O’Dowd, Chair Cork LGBTI+ Inter Agency Group, Elaine Cronin, Cork ETB, at the Launch of the Cork LGBTI+ Awareness Week, “Allies for Inclusion”, at City Hall, Cork.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Recognising the pioneering steps taken by St Anne’s Parish, Shandon in Cork, for leading a way that others have followed since, and referring in particular to the work done by the former rector, the Reverend Brian O’Rourke, and in the years since by the Reverend Sarah Marry, together with the people of the Parish, the parish was the only faith group to receive an ‘Allies for Inclusion’ award.  The Reverend Sarah Marry received the award from the Lord Mayor of Cork on behalf of the Parish. Along with this one ‘faith champion’ award, there were eight awards to public service champions, and six community champions.

The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, was one of just seven people who was honoured with an individual award.  The other individual recipients were: Pat Ledwidge and Ann Doherty of Cork City Council, Catherine Clancy (a former Lord Mayor of Cork), Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, Cllr John Buttimer, and the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn.

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn, presented Bishop Paul Colton with an ‘Allies for Inclusion’ award. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

A large gathering of people was present in the Atrium of Cork City hall for the occasion, and Cork Choral Con Fusion, as ever, sang. In 2oo2 Cork City was the only local authority in the country to include an LGBTI+ specific objective in its development plan and created an Inter-Agency Group to advance the objective:

Objective 86: The gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities will be enabled to fully participate in the social, cultural and economic life of Cork City.

Bishop Paul Colton (individual award) and the Reverend Sarah Marry (award to St Anne’s Church, Shandon) at the ‘Allies for Inclusion’ awards in Cork City Hall.  Picture: Jim Coughlan

Posted in Bishop, Church in Society, Churches in Cork, Community Involvement, Contemporary Issues, Five Marks of Mission, Justice and Reconciliation, LGBTI+, People from Cork

Annual IDAHOT Service at Saint Anne’s Church, Shandon, Cork

On Sunday morning last, 12th May, a Service was held in St. Anne’s Church, Shandon in Cork to mark International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia.  This year’s service took its theme from Cork City LGBT Awareness week – ‘Allies for Inclusion’.

The Reverend Sarah Marry, in introducing the Service, commented that:

our connectedness as those who are created in the image of God, as those who share a common identity in Christ leads us to value and respect one another.  God in his relating to us invites us to follow this pattern in our relationships with one another.  So if our individual stories are known intimately by God then we are invited to know something of one another’s stories.  We don’t then value or respect those whose stories are just like our own but in hearing those stories and finding moments of compassion, empathy and connection we create relationship.  And from this we have only two choices; to be an ally or not, to stand alongside one another or to reject, to welcome or exclude.

The speaker at the Service, Sara-Jane Cromwell, spoke from her experience of Gender Identity Disorder reflected on this and drew on Psalm 139 to speak of a God who doesn’t make mistakes but who is able fulfil his purposes through every life, a God who invites each person to know his love through the particular circumstances and challenges of their own story.  She spoke of the pain of being unable to attend church and feeling isolated and excluded.  She reflected on what it was like to be without allies and the difference it makes to have them.  Sara-Jane expressed a deep faith that has endured through her life and she expressed the joy then of finding places and people of welcome and encouragement.

Choir Choral Con Fusion directed by Joanne Murphy and accompanied by Brenda Griffin lifted their voices in song to give thanks for allies in our city.

Choral ConFusion sang again this year at the IDAHOT Service.

Sara-Jane’s moving words served as a reminder that while there is much to celebrate, the need for this day and this mark of solidarity sadly persists.  St. Anne’s is proud to be the home for this while the need exists and continues to enjoy the friendships and fellowship the occasion affords with members of the LGBT+ community in the parish and across our city.

Sara-Jane Cromwell spoke about the importance to her of faith.

Posted in Church in Society, Church Services, Churches in Cork, Community Involvement, Contemporary Issues, People from Cork, People from the Diocese | Tagged

Clinical Pastoral Education Graduation at Northridge House Education and Research Centre, Cork

On Wednesday 8th May the beautiful refurbished chapel at St. Luke’s Home was the venue for the presentation of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Certificates by Dr Paul Colton, President of St. Luke’s Home. The twelve week training programme brought five participants from Wexford, Dublin, Waterford and Cork.

Dr Daniel Nuzum(CPE Supervisor Cork University Hospital), Rev Bruce Pierce (CPE Supervisor), Rev Sarah Marry (Chaplain), Ms Hilda Plant (St Vincent’s University Hospital), Ms Virginia Giglio (Cork), Rev Nigel Pierpoint(Dublin), Mrs Hilary Dring (Cork), Mr Peter Hudson (Wexford), Rev Dr Christine O’Dowd Smyth( (Waterford), Mr Tony O’Brien (CEO) and Dr Paul Colton (President)

Mr Tony O’Brien (CEO, St Luke’s Charity, Cork) spoke of the centrality of pastoral care within the life of St. Luke’s Home and how the CPE programme is viewed as integral part of the life of the Home. This year two students, Hilary Dring and Virginia Giglio undertook placements in St Luke’s Home and their contribution was celebrated by Dr Colton. Other institution placements were at Wexford Hospital, Waterford University Hospital, St Vincent’s University Hospital and Marymount University Hospital and Hospice. The Centre appreciated the presence of three mentors Canon Dr Daniel Nuzum (Cork), Ms Hilda Plant (Dublin) and the Rev. Sarah Marry (Coordinator of Chaplaincy at St Luke’s Home).

Left to right: Mr AJ McNamara, Dr Paul Colton and Mr Tony O’Brien

It was a delight also to welcome welcome Mr AJ McNamara (CEO of Cork University Hospital) who had just announced his retirement. The Rev. Bruce Pierce (CPE Supervisor) paid tribute to Mr McNamara for his constant support of CPE and his unfailing attendance at the Annual St Luke’s Graduation.


For the first time the new Chapel made it possible for the residents of St Luke’s Home, together with staff ,to attend the presentation ceremony and closing Service.

Gathered for the CPE Graduation in the Chapel of Saint Luke’s Home, Cork

Gathered for the CPE Graduation in the Chapel of Saint Luke’s Home, Cork



Posted in Adult Education, Care of the Older Person, Clinical Pastoral Education, Continuing Ministerial Education, Graduation, Northridge House Education and Research Centre, Saint Luke's Charity

Readers Licensed and new Precentor Installed in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork

On Sunday afternoon, 12th May, two new Diocesan Readers – Lynn McAdam O’Connell and Michael Kenning – having completed the required training, were licensed by the Bishop, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, during Evensong at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.

In the presence of family and friends, readers from throughout the Diocese, and clergy of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, they were presented to the Bishop by the Chaplain to the Guild of Lay Ministry, the Reverend Paul Arbuthnot.

Pictured following the licensing of Readers were (l-r) the Very Reverend Nigel Dunne (Dean of Cork), Michael Kenning (Reader), the Bishop, Lynn McAdam O’Connell (reader), the Ven Adrian Wilkinson (Archdeacon of Cork), and the Very Reverend Tom Gordon (Dean of Leighlin and Preacher)

Prior to the licensing the Bishop paid tribute to all the Readers in the Diocese for their ministry and thanked them.  In particular, he singled out Mrs Joan Hales who had recently retired as a Reader after 35 years of service.  A presentation was made to Joan along with flowers.

Mrs Joan Hales, who has served for 35 years as a Diocesan Reader with the Bishop, and the Reverend Paul Arbuthnot (Chaplain to the Guild of Lay Ministry in the Diocese).

The Sermon was preached by the Very Reverend Tom Gordon, Dean of Leighlin.  Until now, reader training in Cork, Cloyne and Ross has been delivered via the Certificate in Christian Studies in the United Dioceses of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory.  That same Certificate Course, approved by the House of Bishops as one of the routes for Reader training in the Church of Ireland, is now offered in Cork, Cloyne and Ross, in partnership with the Pontifical University at Maynooth.

Pictured following the installation of the Precentor were (l-r) Mr John Jermyn (Assistant Diocesan Registrar), the Very Reverend Nigel Dunne (Dean of Cork), the Very Reverend Susan Green (Precentor, and Dean of Cloyne(, the Bishop, the Ven Adrian Wilkinson (Archdeacon of Cork), and the Very Reverend Tom Gordon (Dean of Leighlin and Preacher)

Following the licensing of the new Readers, on foot of a mandate of the Bishop, the Dean of Cork, the Very Reverend Nigel Dunne, installed the Very Reverend Susan Green as Precentor of Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.

The new Precentor, the Very Revered Susan Green, Dean of Cloyne with her husband, the Reverend Andrew Orr and some of their family.

Bishop Colton said:

Having confirmed five young people in Monkstown this morning, and now celebrating these events this afternoon, I am conscious how they all speak to us of discipleship and service continuing faithfully within the Church here in Cork, Cloyne and Ross into the future.

Michael Kenning and Lynn McAdam O’Connell with the Bishop.

Posted in Cathedral, Certificate in Christian Studies, Church Services, Diocese, Lay Ministry, LIcensing, People from the Diocese, Readers