The outgoing Bishop of Cork and Ross, Dr John Buckley, was invited by the Church of Ireland Bishop, Dr Paul Colton, to visit the annual Cork, Cloyne and Ross Diocesan Synod on Saturday 8th June which was held at the Cork International Hotel. After lunch, hosted by the lay and clerical honorary secretaries of the Synod, attended also by Bishop Paul and Mrs Susan Colton, Bishop Buckley joined the meeting of the Synod.
Bishop Colton paid tribute to Bishop Buckley and thanked him for his personal friendship and ecumenical commitment, noting that many people from the Church of Ireland Diocese knew Bishop Buckley from his particular ministry within the local hospitals.
Bishop Colton then presented Bishop Buckley with a gift of a solid silver replica early Georgian Cork Silver strawberry dish engraved: ‘Presented with affection and gratitude to the Most Reverend Dr John Buckley, Bishop of Cork and Ross, by the Bishop, Clergy and People of the Church of Ireland in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross on Saturday, 8th June 2019’
Both bishops told humorous stories about their journey together as friends, as bishops and in civic life. Afterwards many commented on how they found the obvious personal friendship and esteem very encouraging.
Following Bishop Buckley’s address to the Diocesan Synod, as a further mark of the regard in which he is held, he received a standing ovation. Later in the Synod, three ecumenical motions were passed unanimously:
- A motion expressing gratitude and good wishes to Bishop Buckley;
- A motion welcoming the new Bishop of Cork and Ross, Fintan Gavin, and assuring him of ecumenical partnership;
- A motion extending congratulations and good wishes to the Bishop of Cloyne, the priests and people of that Diocese on the occasion of the forthcoming centenary of St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh.