On Sunday evening, 20th September, the eve of the Feast of St Matthew the Apostle, David Compton was ordained Deacon in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork by the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton. David was presented for ordination by his sponsors: his wife, Mary Katherine, Dr Katie Hefelfinger from the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Kate Nielson and Heidi McCann from his home parish of Ballydehob Union, and the rector of that parish, the Reverend Stephen McCann. The preacher was the Reverend Anne Skuse. The deacon at the Service was the Reverend David Bowles, serving at a Diocesan liturgy for the first time, and the sub-deacon was the Dean of Cork, the Very Reverend Nigel Dunne under whose watchful eye all the preparations for this solemn and joyful occasion had been made. The congregation, clergy and readers from around the Diocese received hospitality afterwards from members of the Cathedral parish.
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