The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, Dr Paul Colton, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Venerable Terence Mitchell to a new position in the Diocese, that of part-time Diocesan Further Education and Training Officer based in Kilmoe Union of Parishes where he will also be priest-in-charge.
Terry Mitchell grew up in South Africa and after graduating in 1988 worked and ministered in a number of different schools and churches, as well as teaching part-time in an Anglican seminary, the College of the Transfiguration. In 2016 he moved to Ireland where he was appointed as the Rector of the Cloughjordan and Borrisokane Group of Parishes in the Diocese of Killaloe. He was appointed Archdeacon of Killaloe in 2019.
Speaking about his appointment, Terry said:
Teaching and pastoral work are two areas of my ministry that I particularly enjoy and I would hope to share in these ministries in Kilmoe Union and the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.
I have frequently visited West Cork, as well as the city of Cork and surrounds, and am struck by both the beauty and vibrancy of the area. My wife and I are looking forward to living in such a beautiful part of the country and in time to meeting you all.
Kilmoe Union is the most southerly parish in the Church of Ireland, occupying most of the Mizen Peninsula in County Cork. The town of Schull, which is the main centre in the parish, helps to service the farming population and the constant stream of visitors.
An entirely new aspect of this appointment in Cork, Cloyne and Ross is the role of Diocesan Further Education and Training Officer. Terry Mitchell will work with the Bishop and Diocese in the organisation and supervision of activities related to the provision of further education and training services within and throughout the Diocese. The role will be, on the one hand one of oversight, administration and innovation, and, on the other hand, teaching and delivery of parts of or some of the courses.
As the first appointee to this post, Terry will have the exciting and innovative role of developing a strategy for lifelong learning and further education in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross in ways that both enrich and empower the discipleship of individual members of the Church, and also build up and energise the worship, ministry and mission of the Diocese within the Church of Ireland.
Announcing this appointment, Bishop Paul Colton said:
I am thrilled for the people of the Diocese and the Mizen Peninsula in general, as well as for the people of Kilmoe Union of Parishes in particular, that I am announcing this appointment of Archdeacon Terry Mitchell at the start of this new year. He comes well-skilled for these combined roles and it will be exciting to see, especially, this new role of Diocesan Further Education and Training Officer taking shape in the years ahead and bearing fruit in the discipleship and ministry of the people of the Diocese. We all look forward to welcoming him and his wife to Cork, Cloyne and Ross later in 2022.