On Thursday, 4th February, in a short Service broadcast online from Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, the Reverend Ivan Ruiters was instituted as incumbent of the Parish of Kinneigh Union of Parishes, in County Cork.
The new rector was presented for Institution to the Bishop, Dr Paul Colton, by the Archdeacon, the Venerable Adrian Wilkinson. After the Institution, the Dean of Cork, the Very Reverend Nigel Dunne, read the intercessions. The organ was played by Peter Stobart.
In his sermon, referring to some of the readings for ember days, Bishop Colton said that they bring ‘us back to the heart of what ministry, modelled on the way of Jesus, is. And that’s appropriate as tonight we welcome and affirm Ivan in his new ministry here in Cork, Cloyne and Ross, and we send him to Kinneigh Union in the name of Jesus.’
The First letter of Saint Peter, the Bishop said, was a pastoral message of support, encouragement and hope – truly relevant to our own times – in which we are encouraged to be ‘level-headed and to stand firm.’
Thursday 4th was not only Mrs Raylene Ruiters’ birthday, it was also Ivan and her wedding anniversary: a day not to be forgotten. They were supported and welcomed by a large congregation who joined in the Service online.