Lay Assistants at the Eucharist Trained and Commissioned in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

More than 300 lay people received training recently in Cork, Cloyne and Ross and, at Services during Easter, were commissioned in their parishes to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion.  At a short ceremony during Sunday Service in each parish they committed themselves to this ministry before they were commissioned by the local clergy. They were then presented with their certificates from the Bishop, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton. Commissioned lay assistants serve for three years.

Here is a selection of photos from around the Diocese:

Posted in Church Services, Commissionings, Lay Ministry

Annual IDAHOT Day Service in St Anne’s Church, Shandon, Cork

The annual IDAHOT Service took place in St Anne’s Church, Shandon, Cork on Sunday, 21st May.  The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) is on 17th May, and the Service in Shandon is on a Sunday near that date coinciding with Cork LGBT Awareness Week.

The Rev. Paula Geary was the celebrant and the soloist was Amanda Neri. The Rev. Elaine Murray, Rector of Carrigaline Union, preached on the IDAHOT theme for 2017  ‘Love makes a Family’ saying that the time had come for us to reclaim ‘Family Values’ in its most loving and inclusive way, pointing out that legal and social recognition and acceptance of Rainbow families was a human rights issue, not something that was open to interpretation because of any religious views. She said that the Gospel was clear;  ‘we are to be all about love, and if in our parish families we want to model God’s love in our world , then we must not exclude anyone’.

Following the IDAHOT Service in St Anne’s Church, Shandon, Cork were the Reverend Paula Geary (right) who presided at the Service, and the guest preacher, the Reverend Elaine Murray, Rector of Carrigaline Union of Parishes.

Posted in Church Services, Community Involvement, Cork, LGBT, Special Events

Anglican and Roman Catholic Canon Lawyers meet in Rome

Members of the Colloquium of Anglican and Roman Catholic Canon Lawyers held a reunion in Rome on Wednesday evening 10th May.  The Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, and the Reverend Stephen Farrell, Rector of Zion Parish, Rathgar, travelled from Ireland to participate in the gathering which was held at the Venerable English College.

Photographed in the garden of the Venerable English College were (fromt l-r): the Very Rev. Francis Bradley (Diocese of Raphoe), Professor James Conn, S.J. (Boston College), the Reverend Stephen Farrell (Registrar, Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough), the Rev. Justin Wachs (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith), Ms Charlotte Miles (PhD Candidate, Cardiff University, School of Law and Politics), Dr Eithne d’Auria, the Rev. Kevin Gillespie (Congregation for the Clergy), Professor Norman Doe (Director, Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University), the Rev. Fintan Gavin (Assistant Chancellor, Diocese of Dublin), and Dr Paul Colton (Honorary Research Fellow, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University). Back (l-r): Professor Mark Hill, QC (Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University), Sion Awen Hughes Carew (Church of England Legal Office), the Reverend Adnrew Co.e (Catholic Church in England and Wales), the Rev. Russell Dewhurst (Church of England), Father Luke Beckett, OSB (Ampleforth Abbey), Stephen Slack (Chief Solicitor, Church of England Legal Office), and Father Aidan McGrath, OFM.

The Colloquium was established in Rome in 1999, and was an initiative of the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), the Centre for Law and Religion at Cardiff University, and Duquesne Law School, Pittsburgh, USA. That 1999 meeting is believed to have been the first of its type.

The final meeting of the Colloquium was held in Dublin in 2016.  Over its years of meeting the aim of the Colloquium was to contribute to greater ecumenical understanding between Anglicans and Roman Catholics from the perspective of canon law as a form of applied ecclesiology. The Colloquium explored ways in which the respective laws of each communion either facilitate or inhibit unity.

On the occasion of the reunion this week, the participants heard six papers about bishops: the election of bishops, the functions of bishops, and the discipline of bishops.  Afterwards the members celebrated the reunion at dinner together.

Posted in Bishop, Canon Law, Church Law, Ecumenism

Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, meets Pope Francis

In Rome, on Wednesday 10th May 2017, at the conclusion of the General Papal Audience, the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, had the honour of being presented to His Holiness Pope Francis.

Bishop Colton said:

It was an immense honour to attend the General Papal Audience on Wednesday 10th May. To say that I was surprised to be given a seat at the front, with 5 bishops also visiting from other churches (from the U.S.A., Scotland, Russia and Assyria), and to be presented to and to speak with His Holiness Pope Francis, would be an understatement. In the course of our brief conversation I brought him greetings from Cork, Cloyne and Ross. I also said to him I hope that, if he comes to Ireland, he will come to Cork! I am very grateful to Bishop John Buckley and his office, particularly Dr Tom Deenihan, for arranging to make all this possible.

Photograph © L’Osservatore Romano

Bishop  Colton was in Rome to attend a reunion, later that day at the Venerable English College, of the Colloquium of Anglican and Roman Catholic Canon Lawyers.  Anglican participants in the reunion who attended the General Audience on Wednesday morning were: Professor Norman Doe (Director of the Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University), Professor Mark Hill, Q.C. (Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University), Stephen Slack and Sion Hughes Carew (both of the Church of England legal office), the Reverend Russell Dewhurst, the Reverend Stephen Farrell, and Archdeacon Jane Steen.

Posted in Bishop, Canon Law, Church Law | Tagged

New Assistant Director of Music Appointed at Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork

The appointment is announced of Ms Phoebe Tak Man Chow from London as the new Assistant Director of Music at Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.  She will also play a key role in the new Diocesan Church Music Programme in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, which is due to begin next September.

The Dean of Cork, the Very Reverend Nigel Dunne, announcing the appointment, said

I am looking forward to welcoming Phoebe to the Cathedral’s music team in early September and I am sure she will greatly enrich the Cathedral’s rich and vibrant musical tradition and will bring much skill and experience to the new Diocesan Church Music Scheme.

Welcoming the announcement, the Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, said

This appointment, made by the Cathedral Select Vestry  in partnership with the Diocesan Council and the Diocesan Board of Education, is an innovative re-configuration of a long-standing post. The Assistant Director of Music will be key to our new Diocesan Church Music Scheme which has been devised, and which will be formally launched in the autumn.

Phoebe Tak Man Chow was born in Hong Kong and educated at Harrogate Ladies’ College, North Yorkshire, England, from 2004-2009. She first took up organ studies with Mr Adrian Selway in 2006, and subsequently served as a member in the chapel choir.

Ms. Phoebe Tak Man Chow

Due to her interest in Anglican church music and keyboard accompaniment, she read music and studied organ performance at the Royal College of Music in London where she completed a Bachelor of Music degree and a Masters of Performance degree, graduating with the Walford Davies Organ Prize.  She received regular organ tuition from professor David Graham (London), Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin (Paris), participated in masterclasses with Oliver Latry (Paris), Pieter van Dijk (Alkmaar) and many others. Besides organ studies, she has also completed harpsichord studies with Professor Robert Woolley (London), stylistic studies (composition), historical studies, advanced aural studies, keyboard accompaniment, and sang in the RCM chorus.

The RCM organ department organises annual trips abroad, enabling students to widen their perspectives on the performance of foreign church music.  In 2013 Phoebe was awarded the Flentrop Organ Scholarship to study at the Flentrop organ building company in the Netherlands where she practised pipe manufacturing, basic voicing, and tuning skills. To explore historical Dutch instruments in greater depth, she participated in summer courses held by the Prince Claus Conservatoire (Groningen) and the Haarlem International Organ Festival (Haarlem).

To date, Phoebe has held organ scholarships and assistant posts in London churches for six years, working with choral scholars and professional musicians.   She currently holds the post of Music Assistant/Chapel Organist at the Emanuel School, London, where she teaches group sessions and serves as accompanist for all occasions.

Phoebe will take up the post of Assistant Director of Music on 1st September 2017.

Posted in Diocese

Cork Hospital Chaplain qualifies as Teaching Supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education

l-r The Reverend Bruce Pierce, the Reverend Canon Dr Nuzum and Ms Catherine Keenan.

On Friday, 5th May, The Reverend Canon Dr Daniel Nuzum, Chaplain at Cork University Hospital, was presented with his certificate as CPE Teaching Supervisor.

The Association of Clinical Pastoral Education Ireland [ACPE (Ireland) Ltd] which is the professional interfaith body that provides Clinical Pastoral Education within a number of Accredited Centres throughout  Ireland, had earlier ratified his appointment.

The certificate was presented by Ms Catherine Keenan (Chairperson of the Interview and Assessment Panel) and the Rev’d Bruce Pierce (Chairperson, ACPE Ireland). Bruce, who is Director of Education at Northridge House, St Luke’s Home, Cork,  paid tribute to Daniel’s successful completion of the supervisory training programme and his ongoing commitment to pastoral education and research in the Health Service. Daniel completed his CPE education at University Hospital Kerry, Northridge House at Saint Luke’s Charity, Cork, and Cork University Hospital.

Posted in Chaplaincies, Clergy, Clinical Pastoral Education, Healthcare Ministry, Pastoral

5th Annual St Luke’s Charity Conference held in Cork

Bishop Paul Colton President of St. Luke’s Charity, Cork and Chairman of the Board of Directors, pictured at the St Luke’s Home Annual Conference, Resident, Staff, Family, Relationships at the Radisson Blu Hotel.
(Photograph: Gerard McCarthy)

On Thursday, 6th April, 5th Annual St Luke’s Charity Conference was hosted by the Northridge House Education and Research Centre within the charity at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little island, Co. Cork.

The theme of this year’s conference was: Residents – Staff – Family Relationships in the Residential Care Setting.  The conference attracted more than 180 delegates from 76 different organisations, healthcare professionals from mainly residential nursing homes, in addition to some from the acute sector and several from the disability sector.

The Conference explored the challenging and complex relationships in the residential care setting and how best to achieve positive outcomes for families, staff and ultimately the residents, themselves.  The opening address was given by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Charity, Dr Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork.

The principal speaker was Dr. Michael Bauer from Australia,  who is well researched and published in this area and St Luke’s was honoured and delighted that he agreed to deliver the keynote address. Delegates described the day as thought provoking and  informative and left with lots of tips and ideas on how to improves staff – family dynamics in their own organisations.

David O’Brien CEO St Luke’s Home, Dr Marie Murphy (Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine, Marymount Hospice), Bishop Paul Colton, and Dr Michael Bauer. (Photograph: Gerard McCarthy)


Posted in Bishop, Charities in the Diocese, Church in Society, Community Involvement, Contemporary Issues, Diocese, Northridge House Education and Research Centre, Saint Luke's Charity