New Priest for St Anne’s Church, Shandon, Cork, and Chaplain to Saint Luke’s Home

The world famous bells of Shandon in Cork have every reason to ring out with joy. The Bishop of Cork, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, is delighted to announce that he has appointed the Reverend Sarah Marry to serve as Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Saint Anne, Shandon and also as Chaplain to Saint Luke’s Home, Mahon, Cork.

The Reverend Sarah Marry

The Reverend Sarah Marry

The Reverend Sarah Marry is currently serving as curate in the parishes of Douglas Union with Frankfield alongside the Archdeacon of Cork, the Venerable Adrian Wilkinson.  Sarah studied Modern Languages (Italian and French) and European Studies at the University of Bath, before being awarded a Diploma in Personnel Management and later the degrees of Bachelor in Theology and Master in Theology at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute (at Trinity College, Dublin).  She worked for a time in business administration in human resources, including as Human Resources Officer for Concern Worldwide.  She was made a deacon in 2011 (and served an internship in the Parish of Booterstown in Dublin) and was ordained priest in 2012 in Cork. Sarah is married to Declan and they have two daughters at primary school.

The Reverend Sarah Marry said:

I’m really thrilled at my appointment as priest-in-charge of Shandon and as chaplain to St Luke’s Home.  I’m looking forward to leading and developing the work of the chaplaincy team at St Luke’s Home and to continuing the open and inclusive ministry of my predecessor, the Reverend Brian O’Rourke, in Saint Anne’s.

Bishop Paul Colton said:

These two places – the Parish of Shandon, and Saint Luke’s Home – figure very significantly in the consciousness and affections of the people of Cork and the wider region.  The tower and bells of Shandon are emblematic of Cork not only to Cork people, but to Irish people and visitors to Ireland, the world over.  Saint Luke’s Home has been caring for the elderly in this city and region since 1872 and more recently has led the way, nationally and internationally, in specialising in care of dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers. Through the Saint Luke’s Home Education Centre  at Northridge House the charity has been helping others, both in their own homes or in other care settings to provide the most appropriate levels of support also.  I am delighted (as I am confident everyone will be) that Sarah is staying in this Diocese to continue ministry here.  She will be a great blessing in her work in the parish and in the important role of chaplain to St Luke’s Home.

Sarah will take up her new role shortly after Easter.

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