St Luke’s Home Celebrates 25 Years in Mahon, Cork

On Thursday 21st November a large gathering of staff, friends and volunteers came to celebrate with the residents, 25 years in Mahon for St Luke’s Home, Cork.   Mr Tony O’Brien, CEO of the Charity gave the opening address.  Bishop Paul Colton, President and Chairman of the Charity warmly welcomed the new Bishop of Cork and Ross,  Bishop Fintan Gavin,  and also the Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Fergal Dennehy.

Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Fergal Dennehy speaks with residents Sheila and Annie at St. Luke’s Charity and Home at a celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of their move from Military Hill to Mahon (in 1994).
Pic: Diane Cusack

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross and Chair of the Board, Dr. Paul Colton, gives a tour of the facility to the Bishop of Cork and Ross, Fintan Gavin, at St. Luke’s Charity and Home during a celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of their move from Military Hill to Mahon (in 1994).
Pic: Diane Cusack

In 1994 the move from what is currently the Ambassador Hotel on Military Hill took place following the gift of a site in Mahon from Cork City Council. Since then St Luke’s Home has grown from strength to strength and is now a highly regarded campus for the Older Person with a particular expertise in the area of dementia.

Bishop Paul Colton makes a special presentation  to Bobby, one of the residents who moved from Military Hill to Mahon in 1994. Pic: Diane Cusack

As well as providing a home for 128 Residents, St Luke’s also operates a daycare and respite facility, an Education Centre called Northridge House, a Foundation, and a Community Dementia Outreach Service.

A Registered Charity, St Luke’s was delighted to share its birthday celebrations with other key players in the Cork charity sector, namely Noreen Dorgan (CEO of S.H.A.R.E.), Paddy O’Brien (Irish Heart Foundation), Paula Mc Govern and Noreen Smiddy from Marymount Hospice, to name a few.

Special presentations were made to staff members who have worked with St Luke’s for the last 25 years and also to 4 recent retirees. Joan Jeffery, one of the management team who has worked for the Charity in Mahon from the outset, replied on behalf of everyone.

Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross and Chair of the Board, Dr. Paul Colton, presents Joan Jeffrey from Glounthaune with an award for 25 years service during the celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of St. Luke’s Charity and Home moving from Military Hill to Mahon (in 1994).
Pic: Diane Cusack

 

Bishop Colton then invited Joan Jeffery,  to cut the ‘birthday cake’.

Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Fergal Dennehy, Joan Jeffery, Assistant Director of Finance &; Administration, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross and Chair of the Board, Dr. Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork and Ross, Dr Fintan Gavin, Tony O’Brien, CEO, and Paddy O’Brien, Irish Heart Foundation, pictured at St. Luke’s Charity and Home at a celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of their move from Military Hill to Mahon (in 1994).
Pic: Diane Cusack

Afterwards a new hair salon especially for people living with dementia was opened in Maguire House (one of the four residential areas of the Home).

Tony O’Brien, CEO, Bishop of Cork and Ross, Dr Fintan Gavin, Joan Jeffery, Assistant Director of Finance & Administration, Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Fergal Dennehy, and Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross and Chair of the Board, Dr. Paul Colton, pictured at St. Luke’s Charity and Home at a celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of their move from Military Hill to Mahon (in 1994).
Pic: Diane Cusack

Posted in Anniversaries, Care of the Older Person, Charities in the Diocese, Charity Work, Church in Society, Cork, Dementia Care, Diocese, Five Marks of Mission, Partnership, People from Cork, Saint Luke's Charity, Saint Luke's Home, Saint Luke's Home Education Centre

Members of Cork Three Faiths Forum attend Installation of Canon Elaine Murray in the Chapter of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork

A large attendance of parishioners from Carrigaline Union of Parishes swelled the ranks of the congregation of St Fin Barre’s cathedral, Cork for Evensong on Sunday, 24th November when the Reverend Canon Elaine Murray was installed as Prebendary of Desertmore and Killanully.  Also present were members of the Cork Three Faiths Forum – Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths – in which Canon Murray is actively involved.  Present also were members of the Cork, Cloyne and Ross Children’s Ministry Group which the Canon convenes.

Canon Elaine Murray with her family – Áine, Liam and Conor at her Installation as Prebendary of Desertmore and Killanully, at Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Pictured are, The Very Revd Nigel Dunne, Dean of Cork and The Revd Canon Elaine Murray, after the Choral Evensong and service and The Installation of The Revd Canon Elaine Murray as Prebendary of Desertmore and Killanully, at Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Some of the members of the Cork Three Faiths Forum with the Bishop after the Service (l-r) . Charles Payne, Ali Hamou, Canon Elaine Murray, the Bishop, David Coon (front), Stephen Gregory (back) and the Reverend Tony Murphy.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Posted in Appointments, Cathedral, Cork, Cork Three Faiths Forum, Diocese, Five Marks of Mission, Installations, Interfaith Dialogue

Licensing of the Reverend David Bowles for Parish and Hospital Ministry in Cork

On Thursday, 21st November, the Reverend David Bowles was licensed and commissioned to serve as Priest-in-Charge of the Moviddy Union of Parishes to the west of Cork City, and also as Assistant Hospital Chaplain at Cork University Hospital.

The small church of Saint Mark, Kilbonane in Aherla, County Cork was full to capacity for the Service at which the Bishop, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, presided.  David was joined by members of his family, and supported also by friends and colleagues from throughout the Diocese and beyond. Cork University Hospital was represented by the Chaplain, the Reverend Canon Dr Daniel Nuzum, and other members of the chaplaincy team, including Fr Kieran O Driscoll.  Fr Bernard Cotter, parish priest of Newcestown was joined by Fr Con Cronin.  Also present was the Reverend Geraldine Gracie from Cork Methodist Church.

The sermon was preached by Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson, rector of Douglas Union with Frankfield, where David served most recently as curate-assistant.  Afterwards everyone was welcomed to supper at Cloughduv GAA Club nearby.

Pictured following the licensing in St Mark’s Church, Kilbonane were (l-r) John Jermyn, Diocesan Registrar, the Reverend David Bowles, the Bishop, the Reverend Paul Arbuthnot, Bishop’s Chaplain, and Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson.

Posted in Appointments, Chaplaincies, Church Services, Churches in Cork, Clergy, Commissionings, LIcensing

Saint Luke’s Home – Christmas Concert in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral

It’s that time of year again, and what better way to get into the swing of Christmas then a visit to the gorgeous St Fin Barre’s Cathedral to listen to our own fabulous Majella Cullagh and the Band 1st Brigade.

This is the 3rd year of the St Luke’s Christmas Concert and is extra special this year as it coincides with St Luke’s Home celebrating 25 years in Mahon, after the move from Military Hill in 1994.

‘We are really looking forward to this years Christmas Concert’ says Director of Fundraising, Oonagh O Driscoll:

It’s our 3rd year in a row in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral and we are very lucky each year to have a super line up of artists and choirs. We’re absolutely thrilled to have Majella this year, she performed Tosca recently in the Cork Opera House to a packed audience and she was magnificent. Accompanied by pianist Ciara Moloney and the Band 1st Brigade we are assured of an incredible evening of music. Also in the line up this year is Our Lady of Lourdes Choir from Ballinlough and the Montforts Youth Choir, so all in all, if you are a music lover, it’s a concert not to be missed!

St Luke’s Home is a modern purpose-built residential care home, providing full time nursing care located in extensive grounds at Mahon, Cork on the banks of the River Lee, near Blackrock Castle. The 128 bed home is made up of three units of 30 beds, and a fourth with 38 beds, is the dedicated Dementia Unit.

Residents with dementia often experience a decline in social and communicative skills which can make living in a general assisted environment difficult. Everything about the dedicated dementia unit has been designed to reduce such stress and confusion, enabling the person living with dementia to function effectively on a day to day basis ultimately enhancing their quality of life.

Providing this model of care takes funding and currently this funding is not provided by the HSE. St Luke’s Home do not charge its Residents for the Therapy and Activity Program available at the Home and so, it relies on Fundraising events throughout the year to bridge the gap. The proceeds of the Christmas Concert for the last two years have helped hugely in allowing St Luke’s Home to continue to provide a range of therapies and activities and hopefully this years Concert will do the same.

Tickets are €25 and are available from St Luke’s Home on 021 453 6551. They are also available from The Examiner Office and Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street.

 

Posted in Advertisement, Announcements, Cathedral, Christmas, Fund-Raising

Darina Allen ~ Christmas Cookery Demonstration for Cloyne Cathedral

The well-known Cork chef, Darina Allen, will host a fundraising cookery demonstration in aid of the new facilities in Saint Colman’s Cathedral, Cloyne, County Cork on Thursday, 28th November at 7.30 p.m. at the Grainstore, Ballymaloe, County Cork.

Tickets, are available  online from Eventbrite here

Posted in Advertisement, Announcements, Cathedral, Fund-Raising

Bishop of Cork appoints Advisor in Women’s Ministry

The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, has announced that he has appointed the Dean of Cloyne, the Very Reverend Susan Green, to be his advisor in women’s ministry.  The principal roles of the Bishop’s Advisor in Women’s Ministry are:

    • to be an advocate and support for women’s ordained ministry in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross;  
    • to support the leadership, well-being and development of women in ordained ministry, enabling them to flourish in their vocation; and
    • to advise the Bishop on issues in ministry that affect female clergy.

Bishop Colton said:

It’s nearly three decades since we first ordained women to the priesthood in the Church of Ireland and it is important that the contribution of women in ordained ministry continues to flourish.  I have spoken previously about the imbalance in the number of women in senior ministry positions.  No episcopal electoral college has yet elected a woman bishop.  In addition I think all of us here would like to see more women serving in ordained ministry in this Diocese.

Dean Susan Green said:

As we approach the thirtieth anniversary of the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood in the Church of Ireland, it is a good time to encourage the women who are ordained and those who are considering it. There is much to be thankful for, but there are unconscious or sometimes conscious biases that women may encounter.  So, it is important that women are supported in their ministries as we all explore what lies ahead.

Dean Susan Green

Posted in Announcements, Appointments, Bishop, Bishop's Advisor in Women's Ministry, Clergy, Diocese, Ordination of Women

New Chaplain to the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross

The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton is delighted to announce that he has appointed the Reverend Anne Skuse to be one of his domestic chaplains.

The Reverend Anne Skuse is Chaplain at Bandon Grammar School, a role which she will continue to fulfil while also, from time to time, assisting the Bishop as his chaplain.  The role of domestic chaplain is non-stipendiary (unpaid).

The Reverend Anne Skuse

Posted in Announcements, Appointments, Bishop, Chaplaincies, Clergy