The United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, together with Bandon Grammar School, jointly announce the appointment of the Reverend Anne Skuse as Chaplain to Bandon Grammar School, a new full-time post established by the Diocese in partnership with the School.
The Reverend Anne Skuse is currently Bishop’s Curate in Moviddy Union of Parishes, and is also part-time hospital chaplain at Cork University Hospital. Anne served previously in the auxiliary ministry within the Diocese. She was employed on a part-time basis directly by Bandon Grammar School, before deciding to transfer to full-time stipendiary ministry. Clergy who transfer from auxiliary to full-time stipendiary ministry are required to undergo additional training, as well as a curacy, all of which Anne has been completing.
The Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork expressed his delight at Anne’s appointment as Chaplain of Bandon Grammar School and said:
This is an exciting new post that the Diocese has established in partnership with Bandon Grammar School. It is a sign of the Church thinking beyond traditional parochial models of ministry and bringing ministry to where people are. Bandon Grammar School is a substantial and multifaceted community within the Diocese, with about 670 students (from approximately 400 families), 56 teachers and another 40 employees (non-teaching and coaching). The Reverend Anne Skuse is an excellent priest who brings many gifts to whatever sphere of ministry she enters into; she has a proven and remarkable ability to work with young people and to serve in the second level school situation.
Mr Ian Coombes, Principal of Bandon Grammar School, said:
The whole community at Bandon Grammar School are delighted to welcome the Rev. Anne Skuse back as School Chaplain. The pastoral and liturgical experience she has built up in her ministry in Moviddy Union and hospital chaplaincy will bring a new dimension to her witness here. Building a closer connection with Bandon Union in a shared ministry will be an exciting development. The pupils, staff, board and I wish Anne every happiness and fulfillment in her ministry with us. We look forward to her arrival with joy and anticipation.
Bandon Grammar School is a co-educational, boarding and day school founded in 1641. It is one of three second level schools in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the others being Ashton School (Cork) and Midleton College.