The Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, has announced that he intends to institute the Reverend Robert Ferris to the incumbency of Carrigrohane Union of Parishes on Thursday 17th December in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork at 7 p.m.
Given current Level 3 restrictions, it is not possible, to open attendance at the Service to all who would otherwise wish to attend. However, the Service will be broadcast via the Cathedral’s webcam which may be found at either
the Cathedral Website by clicking HERE
the Cathedral page on Church Services TV by clicking HERE
Bishop Colton explains:
I hope that many will join us online to worship and to pray for the Reverend Robert Ferris as he is instituted as Incumbent of Carrigrohane Union of Parishes.
What is clear, sadly, is that a visit to the principal parish church in the new Rector’s parish with a grand liturgy of celebration and inauguration will not, I am afraid, be permitted or possible given the current Level 3 restrictions.
I very much regret this.
For now, and for the foreseeable future until the pandemic is over, all Services of Institution of this kind in the Diocese will be conducted in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral. Depending on the regulations in place at a given time, the churchwardens of the parishes will, I hope, be permitted to be present to represent the parish.
It is important that as many people as possible from the parish and the Diocese (or further afield) might be able to tune in to see the proceedings online. With that in mind, St Fin Barre’s Cathedral in Cork has a fully flexible, professionally installed system put in place earlier this year, which means that these Institution Services can, for now, be broadcast online and recorded.
You will be most welcome to join us online.