More Greetings from England ~ St Fin Barre’s Cathedral 150

Today, Advent Sunday, the eve of the 150th anniversary of the consecration of Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral Cork, greetings have been received from two diocesan bishops in England: the Bishop of Peterborough, the Right Reverend Donald Allister, and the Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Reverend Dr Michael Ipgrave.

What is the significance of these?

The Bishop of Peterborough’s predecessor from 1868 to 1891, Bishop William Connor Magee, was Dean of Cork from 1864 to 1868, much of the period when St Fin Barre’s Cathedral was being built. Bishop Magee was the preacher at Evensong on the day of the Consecration of the Cathedral, 30th November 1870.

Bishop Michael Ipgrave has more contemporary links with Cork, Cloyne and Ross. Before he was Bishop he came to stay with Bishop and Mrs Colton and to lead a day symposium about interfaith dialogue. However, in recent years, the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross and the Diocese of Lichfield have been working towards creating a post-Brexit partnership link. To this end, visitors have already been received from Lichfield,and Bishop Ipgrave himself has made a visit. A delegation from Cork was due to travel to Lichfield, but those plans were put on hold and will have to be rescheduled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The present day cathedral, designed by William Burges, is the most recent building on the site where Christian worship and witness have been offered in Cork since the Seventh Century.

Since the CoronaVirus Pandemic has put a halt to all the traditional celebrations, different ways of marking the occasion have been put in place, including the sharing with you of these greetings.

Here are their Greetings!

The greetings from the Bishop of Peterborough may be read here:

The greetings from the Bishop of Lichfield may be read here:

Posted in Anglican Communion, Anglicanism, Cathedral, Cork, Five Marks of Mission, International Church Relations, Sesquicentenary

Greetings from Australia ~ St Fin Barre’s Cathedral 150

More greetings again today, as the 150th anniversary of the consecration of Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral Cork approaches next Monday, this time from the Archbishop of Adelaide and Metropolitan of South Australia: the Most Reverend Geoffrey Smith.

This is one of the many greetings from around the world, from Ireland, and from Cork, that are coming in as the 150th anniversary of the consecration, on 30th November 1870, of Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral Cork approaches.

The present day cathedral, designed by William Burges, is the most recent building on the site where Christian worship and witness have been offered in Cork since the Seventh Century.

Since the CoronaVirus Pandemic has put a halt to all the traditional celebrations, different ways of marking the occasion have been put in place, including the sharing with you of these greetings.

The Most Reverend Geoffrey Smith

The Archbishop wrote:

Posted in Anglican Communion, Anglicanism, Cathedral, Cork, Five Marks of Mission, International Church Relations, Sesquicentenary

Greetings from Finland – Diocese of Borgå/Porvoo ~ St Fin Barre’s Cathedral 150

More greetings today, as the 150th anniversary of the consecration of Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral Cork approaches, this time from the Bishop of Borgå/Diocese of Porvoo, in the Church of Finland: the Right Reverend Dr Bo-Göran Åstrand.

Bishop Paul Colton, having been involved as representative of the Church of Ireland in the conversations that led to the Porvoo Agreement establishing the Porvoo Communion of Churches, between Anglicans in Great Britain and Ireland and Evangelical Lutherans in the Nordic and Baltic Countries, has close links with the Diocese of Borgå. He has visited many times and preached in the Cathedral in Porvoo including at Evensong to mark the tenth anniversary of the Porvoo Agreement. The former Bishop of Borgå/Porvoo has also preached in Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral.

In 2016, Bishop Björn Vikström, together with his Diocesan Council, visited Cork, Cloyne and Ross. The following year Bishop Colton and a group from Cork made a return visit, attending, among other events, the Church of Finland’s National Service in Turku Cathedral for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Bishop Colton also addressed the General Synod of the Church of Finland.

This is one of the many greetings from around the world, from Ireland, and from Cork, that are coming in as the 150th anniversary of the consecration, on 30th November 1870, of Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral Cork approaches.

The present day cathedral, designed by William Burges, is the most recent building on the site where Christian worship and witness have been offered in Cork since the Seventh Century.

Since the CoronaVirus Pandemic has put a halt to all the traditional celebrations, different ways of marking the occasion have been put in place, including the sharing with you of these greetings.

Bishop Bo-Göran Åstrand

The Bishop wrote:

Posted in Anglican Communion, Anglicanism, Cathedral, Cork, Five Marks of Mission, International Church Relations, Porvoo Communion, Sesquicentenary

An Invitation to the Cork Diocesan Youth Council Annual Advent Youth Service 2020

Cork Diocesan Youth Council (CDYC) should be in the process of getting ready for their annual Advent Youth Service in Saint Fachtna’s Cathedral, Rosscarbery, County Cork.

That it is not to be this year … or so you might think!

The Diocesan Youth Officer, Hilda Connolly, was eager to keep the show on the road, so she approached the Rev. Cliff Jeffers and asked for some help.

After enlisting some very eager youth from all over the diocese and having got the techie side sorted, the Youth Service will be taking place on Sunday, 29th November at 8pm.

Unfortunately, it won’t be our usual trek to St. Fachtna’s Cathedral in Rosscarbery. But you will be able to watch it live via the CDYC Facebook page at 8pm from the comfort of your own living room.

The young people have been working incredibly hard over the last two weeks rehearsing and putting this service together.

They have even worked on a little pre-recorded surprise for it using their favourite song “My Lighthouse”.

The National Youth Officer for the Church of Ireland Youth Department, Simon Henry, will also be “popping in” to say hello all the way from Belfast!

So light the fire, pull up your favourite chair, pour yourself a nice cup of tea and tune in to see what our absolutely fantastic young people have in store for you!

Once more, the CDYC Facebook page is HERE

Posted in Advent, CDYC, Church Services, Diocese, Youth Work

Greetings from Bishop Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross ~ St Fin Barre’s Cathedral 150

The Bishop of Cork and Ross, the Most Reverend Dr Fintan Gavin, who visited Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral recently to join Bishop Paul Colton in lighting candles, to pray together, and to remember the victims of Covid-19, has sent his greetings to the Cathedral and everyone in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the consecration, on 30th November 1870, of Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral Cork.

This is one of the many greetings from around the world, from Ireland, and from Cork, that have been arriving in recent weeks. The sesquicentenary will be celebrated, in a way very different from that originally planned, an online ceremony on Monday, 30th November at 11 a.m., led by the Bishop and the Dean, accompanied by the Lord Mayor of Cork and the Lady Mayoress. It will be broadcast at 11 a.m. on the Cathedral webpages.

The present day cathedral, designed by William Burges, is the most recent building on the site where Christian worship and witness have been offered in Cork since the Seventh Century.

Since the CoronaVirus Pandemic has put a halt to all the traditional celebrations, different ways of marking the occasion have been put in place, including the sharing with you of these greetings.

The Most Reverend Dr Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross (left) at Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral recently with the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. Picture: Gerard McCarthy Photography

You may read Bishop Gavin’s message here:

Posted in Bishops of Cork, Cathedral, Cork, Ecumenism, Five Marks of Mission, International Church Relations, Sesquicentenary