New Media and IT Officer appointed in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, Dr Paul Colton is delighted to announce the appointment of Denise Brueckl to the post of Diocesan Media and Information Technology Officer.

Announcing the appointment, Bishop Colton said:

This is a new post that we’ve taken time to consider with a view to meeting the contemporary communications and IT needs of the Diocese.

With her wide experience in business and more recently in music, as well as her proven track record in communications, business systems and social media, among many other skills, Denise is, I believe, an ideal person to be the first one who is appointed to this post. We are all delighted that she will be on our team here in Cork, Cloyne and Ross.

Denise Brueckl

Denise lives in Cork City with her fiancé Peter, and is a regular attender of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral. She served there as Dean’s Church Warden for two years and has subsequently been singing as a Lay Vicar Choral in the Cathedral Choir for the last three years. 

Denise moved to Cork from her native Bavaria five years ago and brings to the role a varied background in Industrial and Economic Sciences, Business Process Management and Musicology. She has previously worked with international businesses such as Audi, BMW and Siemens, but turned her attention towards music upon arriving in Ireland. 

Denise says:

I am looking forward to getting to know people from across the Diocese and to attending all of the different events which make Cork, Cloyne and Ross such a vibrant and interesting place to live and work.

I have been promoting the Cathedral Choir over the last few years on social media and by creating video footage of them. This is an opportunity to cover many more different spheres and to help put the Diocese with its people firmly on the map.

Denise will commence her work in this new post on 3rd July.

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‘Living Together in Peace’ ~ an Invitation from the Cork Three Faiths Forum

Cork Three Faiths Forum invites you to an Interfaith service themed  ” Living Together in Peace” on Saturday 19th June 21 at 7:30pm. Due to on-going pandemic restrictions, the Service is a virtual one.

The welcome will be given by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Joe Kavanagh and the guest speaker will be celebrated poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama. Prayers will be led by members of the Baha’i, Buddhist , Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim Faiths


To register, please click on the link below, you will then receive an email with the Zoom link for the service.
https://mailchi.mp/4d958898c18b/6txjed5g2l


We look forward to you joining us for an evening of interfaith prayer and reflection.

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Two New Canons installed in Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork

On Sunday, 13th June in Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork during an Evening Service broadcast live on the Cathedral webcam, two Canons were installed. Both had been appointed by the Bishop, Dr Paul Colton, in 2020.

Pictured is The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross The Right Reverend DR Paul Colton (2nd from left) and The Very Reverend Nigel Dunne, Dean of Cork (3rd from left), with The Revd Canon Andrew Orr and The Revd Canon Denis MacCarthy, at the Cathedral Church of Saint Fin Barre, Cork following Evening Prayer with The Installation of The Revd Canon Denis MacCarthy, as Prebendary of Kilbrittain and Holy Trinity and The Installation of The Revd Canon Andrew Orr, as Honorary Canon with Special Responsibility for the Fifth Mark of Mission. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Canon Andrew Orr was appointed an Honorary Canon in February 2020 under the provisions of a Statute passed in 2018 by the General Synod of the Church of Ireland. Honorary Canons are assigned areas of special responsibility. Bishop Colton, having consulted the Dean and Chapter, has assigned Canon Orr responsibility for helping the Diocese of focus on Climate Change and Ecology, in line with the fifth Mark of Mission of the Anglican Communion: ‘To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.’

Canon Denis MacCarthy was appointed in November 2020 to succeed Canon Ian Jonas a Prebendary of Kilbrittain and Holy Trinity. He will also be Prebendary of Donoughmore in the Cathedral Church of Saint Colman, Cloyne where he will be installed in due course.

Pictured is The Very Reverend Nigel Dunne, Dean of Cork (3rd from left), The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross The Right Reverend Paul Colton (3rd from right) with The Revd Canon Andrew Orr (front left) and The Revd Canon Denis MacCarthy (front right) and members of the Cathedral Chapter, following The Installation of The Revd Canon Denis MacCarthy, as Prebendary of Kilbrittain and Holy Trinity and The Installation of The Revd Canon Andrew Orr, as Honorary Canon with Special Responsibility for the Fifth Mark of Mission, at the Cathedral Church of Saint Fin Barre, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The two new Canons were joined at the Service by some of their family members, and also by representatives of the parishes and chaplaincies in which they minister. Canon Orr is priest-in-charge of Youghal Union of Parishes and is also Chaplain to Midleton College. Canon MacCarthy is incumbent of Bandon Union of Parishes

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Decade of Centenaries Memorial space for Prayer and Remembrance dedicated in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork

On Tuesday, 8th June, the eve of the Feast of Saint Columba, the Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, dedicated a space in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork which has been set aside for the remainder of the Decade of Centenaries (2012-2023), as a place for prayer and remembrance. As church buildings have been closed for much of the last 18 months, this opening has only become possible now.

Pictured are the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross The Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton and The Very Reverend Nigel Dunne, Dean of Cork following the dedication of the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023, Cork Remembers, prayer space, at the Cathedral Church of Saint Fin Barre, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan

Bishop Paul Colton said that he and the Dean of Cork, the Very Reverend Nigel Dunne, had given ‘a lot of prayerful thought’ to this as part of the Cork, Cloyne and Ross Diocesan Centenaries Commemoration and Reconciliation Project.

In the centenary period of the First World War, a constantly changing visual display of people from Cork, and with connections to contemporary Cork on all sides of that War, featured in the prayer space: Irish, British, German, Canadian, Japanese, American and many other nationalities too. As someone commented then ‘It is mesmerising; I cannot extract myself from the human faces and the stories told.’

‘This current period in the Decade – the Centenary of the War of Independence and, upcoming, of the Civil War – is very complex, raw even, for many people.’ said Bishop Colton.

Bishop Colton said:

We have seen how challenging and complex these commemorations are in some of the controversies that have already arisen. Understandably, many have very strong feelings. Yet, we must not lose sight either that at the heart of this we are commemorating the birth of our independence and our nationhood in Ireland.

In this dedicated space we have created a place where, we hope, in the context of the Decade of Centenaries, people can come to pray. Prayer is at the heart of what the Church does, and in their personal prayers here – thanksgiving, remembrance, sorrow, joy, for our country, for our place in the world today – it is between individuals and God who they remember and what they pray for.

In that sense it is a neutral space, but it is also a place that by its existence affirms the significance for all of us of these centenaries, as well as our place as a nation in today’s world.

At the heart of the space is a votive candle stand, especially commissioned and manufactured in Sweden, where candles can be lit and it is constructed in the shape of a globe, a reminder of Ireland’s place in the world today — with a large candle at the centre, a reminder of Christ, the light of the world.

Dean Nigel Dunne added:

Just as this space became a focus for memory and praying for peace when focussed on World War I, with all its complexities in relation to this country’s experience of it, this new installation is designed to help people to reflect prayerfully on the period of historic centenaries relating to our own national history with all its own complexities.  

This period of what I like to call our ‘wounded history’ not only left behind some sad divisions but it also shaped the post-modern nation state that we have become.  I hope all who come here will focus on praying for the healing of memories, for those who help to unravel some of the intricately interwoven stories of our past, for the gifts of true healing and reconciliation, and for all who shape the life of our state in the present.

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County Cork Rector ‘Shears’ a Parishioner’s Lockdown Locks and Beard in aid of Church Conservation Work

Outside, in the delightful summer sun at Timoleague, County Cork, Geoffrey Hanbidge had his Lockdown beard and hair cut off by his rector, the Rev. Kingsley Sutton, on Bank Holiday Monday, 7th June. 

Former Wicklow Sheep Farmer and now Rector of Kilgariffe union of Parishes in County Cork – the Reverend Kingsley Sutton – ‘shears’ parishioner Geoffrey Hanbidge in aid of essential Conservation Work on the Church fo the Ascension, Timoleague, County Cork.

Witnessed by a small crowd of amused, socially-distanced, onlookers, the unique deed took place on the public pavement in front of the Church of the Ascension. This was a fundraiser for the urgent conservation work on the Church. 

Geoffrey, after lockdown, and before the ‘shearing’ began.

The event captured the imagination of both local and national press, for example – ‘Rector to shear one of his own flock to aid church renovations’ – was the headline in The Farmers Journal.

Geoffrey’s two young children were watching with bewildered delight as they got ready to feel and kiss their daddy’s fresh white face again. Even Geoffrey’s wife Susan seemed more than delighted to see her husband’s youthful complexion return!

Halfway there!

Those gathered there seemed surprised to see the great job Kingsley was doing. The new mayor of Clonakilty, Anthony McDermot, commented that Geoffrey was ‘getting a great new sharp look’.

Maybe it was all down to the many years Kingsley actually used to shear his own sheep on the Wicklow hills before he was ordained.  No skill should ever be wasted in life!

The estimated cost of the restoration work on the iconic Church is €400,000 – a very big ask for a small rural parish. If you would like to help there is a fund-raising page HERE

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