On Wednesday, 31st May 2023, the Rev. Canon Daniel Nuzum received a Civic Award from the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Deirdre Forde in recognition of his commitment to spiritual and pastoral care and education in perinatal bereavement and palliative care.
Daniel is the Church of Ireland Healthcare Chaplain at Cork University Hospital, Bon Secours Hospital and Marymount University Hospital and Hospice.
Last Sunday, 4th June 2023, Sarah Louise Hockey was commissioned as a Pioneer Evangelist in Carrigrohane Union of Parishes by the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, Dr Paul Colton.
Sarah Louise commented:
I am very honoured and excited to be in this position as Pioneer Evangelist and Youth Worker here at the Cork Centre of Mission in Carrigrohane Union, building on the existing youth ministry and also exploring more ways to be increasingly missionally focused. This partnership with Church Army has opened up such a beautiful opportunity to create deeper connections with those in our community- especially those on the margins.
One such group includes many young people in the local area who have very few places they can go to simply hang out without being perceived as a nuisance and told to move on. We hope to be able to create spaces where young people know they are welcome and belong (a message they often don’t hear!) and can come and experience God’s love for themselves.
I’ve been particularly struck by the passion, thoughtfulness, and heart for justice many of the young people we’ve already encountered display. In light of Church Army’s vision statement; “For everyone everywhere to encounter God’s love, and be empowered to transform their communities through faith shared in words and action,” I’m excited to see how God will use us to bless and encourage these teenagers, journeying with those who want to dig deeper into faith and experience the fullness of who God has created them to be.
Matt Gould, Lead Evangelist & Community Leader in Carrigrohane Union, said:
It was a real pleasure to see Sarah Louise formally commissioned in her role as Youth worker/Pioneer Evangelist here at Carrigrohane Union of Parishes. This strategic role builds on the work done in The Carraig Centre and beyond as part of the Cork Centre of Mission in partnership with Church Army. It will be fun to see how this work develops in the coming years as Sarah Louise seeks to help young people approach God with freedom and confidence through faith (Ephesians 3.12).
Templebreedy NS’s annual Prize Giving took place again on Tuesday, 30th May 2023. Prize Giving in a special event in the school’s year, and the focus is on the school’s motto “To be my best and to do my best”. Every pupil gets rewarded on their progress, and together they celebrate example and effort in every child’s individual learning. This year’s Prize Giving was the last time the current Incumbent, the Rev. Isobel Jackson, attended the special event before she leaves the Diocese to become Dean of Kildare Cathedral.
Mike Hodder, Board of Management Chair, opened the evening with a speech, and the Rev. Isobel Jackson said a prayer before all children participated in a musical performance, which they had prepared throughout the year under the weekly guidance of Mr Peter Stobart, Director of the Diocesan Church Music Scheme.
The Rev. Isobel Jackson writes:
I have so enjoyed being involved in the warm and welcoming Templebreedy School community since my arrival in the parish in 2010. It was an honour to be invited to present the prizes this year at my last prize giving ceremony, and so grateful for the opportunity to congratulate each and every child on this year’s achievements. Templebreedy is a remarkable school, and it is because it is filled with remarkable people, teachers, Board, support staff and children alike, everyone striving to live up to its motto ‘to be your best and do your best’.
Visiting the classrooms each week, and spending time with the children has been the highlight, children ask the best questions, ones that would stump a bishop! And so often their answers were insightful, some budding theologians in our midst!
Some time back, two young boys in the junior classroom even managed to elevate my humble position… One morning on entering the classroom before class began the boys were playing at the sand tray, as I passed by, I heard one say to the other ‘There’s God’!
I think I’m safe in saying, that will never happen again! And I was reduced to the ‘Major of Crosshaven’ a few weeks later by a six-year-old. These are the memories that will stay with me of my time in Templebreedy.
On Sunday evening, 28th May 2023, the Rev. Dr William Olhausen was instituted as the new Incumbent of Douglas Union of Parishes with Frankfield by the Bishop, the Right Rev. Dr Paul Colton, at St Luke’s Church, Douglas.
St Luke’s Church, Douglas was full for the occasion with parishioners, clergy and readers from the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, as well as guests from Williams previous parish, St Matthias’ Church, Killiney, in the Diocese of Dublin. Also present were the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Deirdre Forde, ecumenical guests, and representatives of the community, including the principals and chaplains of the local primary and secondary schools.
The Rev. Dr William Olhausen was presented to the Bishop by the Archdeacon, the Venerable Andrew Orr and the preacher at the service was the Rev. Rob Jones, Incumbent of Holy Trinity, Rathmines with Harolds Cross, and Director of Pioneer Ministry for the Church of Ireland. After the service speeches were given by the Bishop, as well as Roger Flack on behalf of the parishioners of Douglas Union with Frankfield.
Following the speeches, the new incumbent spoke to the congregation and thanked everyone for their warm welcome. He also reflected upon his first experience in the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross when he served his first incumbency in the Carrigrohane Union of Parishes from 2004-2008. Afterwards everyone enjoyed the hospitality of the Parish in the Canon Packham Hall next door.
William served curacies in Reading and Cambridge, before serving his first incumbency in the Carrigrohane Union of Parishes from 2004-2008. From 2008-2011 he was chaplain to Monkton Combe School in Bath and since 2011 William has been Incumbent of St Matthias’ Church, Killiney, in the Diocese of Dublin. Alongside his parish ministry, he is the national coordinator for curates’ CME and is a trustee for the Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology in Cambridge. He is married to Tanya, and they have three adult children – Rachel, Charlotte and Fiona.
Earlier today, 27th May 2023, the new hockey pitch and bowling green at ICICYMA Garryduff Sports Centre was blessed by Bishop Paul Colton and officially opened by the President of the Club, Carol Jermyn, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Deirdre Forde, Michael McGrath TD, and Simon Coveney TD.
After the official opening, the special guests played a game of bowls on the new green and later joined members of the club in the Clubhouse.