St Anne’s Church, Shandon welcomes new Priest-in-charge

On Wednesday evening, 06th July 2022, the Reverend Meghan Farr was licensed as priest-in-charge of the Parish of Saint Anne, Shandon, and as Chaplain to Saint Luke’s Home, Cork.

The Rev. Meghan Farr (centre) with her family, the Bishop, the Deputy Lord Mayor, the Archdeacon and the Bishop’s Chaplain, and the Diocesan Registrar after the service on the steps of St Anne’s Church, Shandon.

The Bishop of Cork, the Right Reverend Paul Colton, welcomed the Farr family, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Derry Canty, Cllr Oliver Moran and Cllr Dan Boyle as well as various people from Cork City Council. Ecumenical guests included representatives from the Cork/Kerry Methodist Circuit, the Unitarian Church, the Society of Friends and the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne, Cork.

Procession at the beginning of the service.

Saint Anne’s Church, Shandon was full for the occasion with parishioners, clergy and readers from the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, as well as representatives from various community groups. A choir of upper voices from St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Cork visited the church for the occasion.

The Rev. Meghan Farr was presented to the Bishop by the Archdeacon, the Venerable Adrian Wilkinson and after the service speeches were given by the Deputy Lord Mayor as well as Jaquie Collier, retired Principal of St Luke’s NS and representative of the whole Parish, and by Tony O’Brien, CEO of St Luke’s Home, Cork.

Following the speeches, the Rev. Meghan Farr spoke to the congregation and thanked everyone for their warm welcome. She also reflected upon her first experience of Ireland during her student days and about her strong sense of God’s calling to her new place of ministry. Afterwards everyone enjoyed the hospitality of the Parish in the Maldron Hotel next door.

The Rev. Meghan Farr speaking to the congregation after the service.
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