The Reverend Dr William Olhausen is to be the new Incumbent of Douglas Union of Parishes with Frankfield in the Diocese of Cork

The Reverend Dr William Olhausen, who is currently Incumbent of St Matthias’ Church, Killiney, in the Diocese of Dublin, has been nominated to the Bishop of Cork, by the Cork, Cloyne and Ross Diocesan Committee of Patronage, to be the new Incumbent of Douglas Union of Parishes with Frankfield, in the Diocese of Cork.

The Reverend Dr William Olhausen

Expressing his delight at the nomination and making the appointment, the Bishop of Cork, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, said:

I am delighted that the Reverend Dr William Olhausen is returning to Cork and that he has accepted this position. William served here before in Carrigrohane Union of Parishes and we all very much valued his ministry and friendship at that time in this Diocese. He and his wife Tanya, and their family, were a blessing to us all when they were last here, so it is exciting that William and Tanya will now be returning to live and work among us in Cork.

I’ve no doubt that Douglas Union of Parishes with Frankfield, the most populous of the parishes in Cork, Cloyne and Ross, will continue to flourish under William’s leadership, and that we, in the Diocese, will be greatly enriched also by his many and considerable gifts.   

Speaking about his appointment, William said

I am delighted to have been invited to be the next Incumbent of the Douglas Union of Parishes with Frankfield. I am conscious of the rich history of the life and witness of the parish and am excited to be joining the journey in this new season.   At the same time, Tanya and I will be very sad to be leaving our church family here in Killiney.  We are very grateful to God for the 12 years we have enjoyed in Dublin.

Having trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford (1995-1998), William served his first curacy at Greyfriars Church in Reading (Diocese of Oxford). He went on to serve as Associate Vicar at Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge (Diocese of Ely).   He served his first incumbency in Cork’s Carrigrohane Union of Parishes from 2004-2008.  From 2008-2011 he was chaplain to Monkton Combe School in Bath. 

Since 2011 William has been Incumbent of St Matthias’ Church, Killiney, in the Diocese of Dublin. He serves the Diocese of Dublin and the wider Church of Ireland in several capacities, and since 2015 he has been theological adviser to the Archbishop of Dublin. William was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1993 as a member of Middle Temple and he was awarded a PhD in biblical hermeneutics from Liverpool University in 2007. He is married to Tanya, and they have three adult children.

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Drama in Carrigaline!

Saint Mary’s National School in Carrigaline Union of Parishes are hosting the Carrigaline Drama Group for two nights in a row at the end of January. Keep an eye on their Facebook Page for more information.

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A Morning Vigil for Vacant Parishes and Vocations

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Bishop Paul Colton thanks church and community for generous charity work

The Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, took the opportunity during his Christmas Day sermon in Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork to express his thanks to everyone – in both the Diocese and in society in general – for their generous, charitable support in response to the needs of our time in 2022.

Bishop Colton was preaching on the words in the Christmas story ‘there was no room for them in the inn’ and he thanked people who, today, are generously and wholeheartedly making room. 

Referring to the complexity of many of the seemingly intractable  issues facing society, he said:

Complexity, of course, doesn’t let us off the hook. The Christmas Gospel prompts us, each of us, to do what is in our own power and capacity to do, and to engage practically, reflectively and thoughtfully about these challenges. That is why I am so thankful for the track record in this tiny Diocese of ours of the engagement of our charities, for many centuries now, in healthcare, older person and dementia care, addressing the needs of orphans and widows, addressing poverty and economic necessity, our own housing charities – Kingston Charity, the Clergy Widows and Orphans and LappsCharity , by parishes engaging with asylum seekers seeking international protection,  and now this year, in response also to the war in Ukraine. Today gives me the opportunity to thank everyone who has helped.

In addition to these practical ways of ‘making room’, Bishop Colton said there are other ways also of ‘making room’:

Those are all practical things.  But there are other ways in which these words from the Christmas story also challenge our minds, our hearts and souls:  conceptually and in terms of our outlook – our worldview – how we think about others – the exclusion that comes from marginalising by speech, stereotyping and caricature, fear, suspicion, othering, misinformation, hatred, demonising others simply because we ourselves do not understand or have got the wrong end of the stick. … And there’s an uncomfortable challenge for churches too.  Who, sometimes, even purportedly in God’s name, do we leave outside and exclude still?

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Carrigaline Union is now a Place of Sanctuary

Carrigaline Union of Parishes has been recognised as a Place of Sanctuary on 11th December 2022.

The Sanctuary Award has been presented to four churches representing different denominations right and across the island. The presentations have fallen within the Christian observance of the season of Advent under the theme ’No Room at the Inn’, highlighting the significant pressures on the system to provide basic housing and safety to those seeking sanctuary in Ireland.

The Revd Canon Elaine Murray, Rector of  the Carrigaline Union of Parishes said:

We are delighted that we received Church of Sanctuary status on 11th December. We really hope that our parish journey will continue under the guidance of the Places of Sanctuary movement and that our efforts will make even a small difference in the lives of people seeking sanctuary in Ireland.

From left to right: Places of Sanctuary Ireland board member Kevin Macarenas, SaraJane Cromwell, the Rev. Canon Elaine Murray, Hilary Dring, the Rev. Richard Dring, and Rowland Newenham.

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