New Rector for Kinsale Parish, Diocese of Cork

The Bishop of Cork, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, is delighted to announce the appointment of the Reverend Peter Rutherford to the Incumbency of Kinsale Union of Parishes, in the Diocese of Cork.

The Reverend Peter Rutherford

The Reverend Peter Rutherford

Born in Belfast, the Reverend Peter Rutherford was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, the University of St Andrews, Scotland, the Church of Ireland Theological College and the University of Ulster. Ordained deacon in 1983 and priest in 1984, Peter served his curacy in the parish of Stormont, Diocese of Down. Commissioned into the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department in 1985, he served throughout the world, retiring in 2002 as Assistant Chaplain General at the age of 45. After a chaplaincy in Varese, Italy, in the Diocese of Europe, he was appointed Rector of the Castlepollard and Oldcastle Union in 2004, and Rector of the Julianstown Union in 2010, both in the Diocese of Meath, where he has also been Diocesan Director of Ordinands, Warden of the Guild of Lay Readers, and an elected member of the Standing Committee of the General Synod.

Peter enjoys walking, jogging, beagling and squash. He is a member of the executive committee of SSAFA-Forces Help for the Republic of Ireland, a member of the Irish United Nations Veterans’ Association, and a member of the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club, Dublin. Peter and Janet met and married while students at St Andrews in 1980. Originally from the United States, Janet is also a graduate of the University of Ulster, and the Queen’s University Belfast. She is a theologian and liturgical scholar, a fluent speaker of Italian, and paints in oils. They have a very ‘holy’ Jack Russell Terrier, Baysie, who regularly attends worship and acts as a canine pastoral assistant!

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