Irish news digest – July 30

Minister’s praise for people of Craigavon after church damaged in arson attack

The Minister of a church targeted by arsonists last week has praised the way the local community has rallied round.

Rev Myrtle Morrison has been overwhelmed with kindness since St Saviour’s Church of Ireland was damaged by fire.

Rev Morrison, who has been minister in Craigavon for 19 years, thinks the people of the area are ‘tremendous’.

St Saviour’s Church, sited at Drumgor West Road, was attacked shortly after 4am on Wednesday morning (July 22).

Methodist President , Rev Dr Thomas McKnight

On the 12th of July the President took part in the National Day of Commemoration Multi-Faith Service in Dublin

On the 25th of July the President visited former President, Rev Billy Hamilton (pictured below) at his home in Bangor after a stay in Hospital.

Given social distancing guidelines & restrictions, the Presidential Diary looks slightly different to what it would otherwise but we remain confident in God’s guidance and ‘grace without limits’. There will be more updates to come!

Shop online and support Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

During this time of social distancing and restricted international travel, the bespoke Saint Patrick’s Cathedral merchandise is now available to purchase online.

Your purchase in the online shop is a contribution to the Cathedral and helps us conserve the building for generations to come.

Appointment of Dean’s Vicar in Limerick City Parish

The Dean of Limerick and Rector of Limerick City Parish, the Very Revd Niall J Sloane, has announced the appointment of the Revd Bernadette (Bernie) Daly as Dean’s Vicar in the parish. The Dean added: ‘I look forward to welcoming the Revd Bernie Daly to Limerick City Parish and having her as a part of our team. Ms Daly brings a variety of gifts and experiences, both at central and parochial level, which I believe will be of great value to ministry here.’The Revd Bernie Daly

The Revd Bernadette Daly was ordained in 1997 for the Parish of Taney. She has also served as Chancellor’s Vicar in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral (Dublin). From 2000 to 2005, she held the position of Director of Pastoral Studies at the Church of Ireland Theological College. She has served as Chaplain in the Meath & Adelaide Hospital, Tallaght; Saint Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin; and Trinity College, Dublin. She has also served in the Diocese in Europe.

Bernie was ordained as a mature ordinand, and brings to her ministry much experience and expertise from the world of publishing, from her work as a member of the Ethics Committee of the North Eastern Health Board, and from her long involvement with the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, of which she has been Vice-Chair.

On hearing of her appointment, Ms Daly said: ‘I look forward to getting to know the parishioners in Limerick City Parish and in sharing ministry along with the Dean and the parochial team.’

The Bishop said: ‘I’ve known the Revd Bernie Daly for many years now and I know she will bring a wealth of experience and wisdom to her new role in Limerick. It will be wonderful to have her as a colleague in the diocese.’

Ms Daly’s Service of Installation and Welcome will take place in Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, on Sunday 6th September 2020 at 11.15am.

Food for thought

All great spirituality is about what we do with our pain. If we do not transform our pain, we will transmit it to those around us – Fr. Richard Rohr

Pointers for Prayer

The consequences of the global pandemic are widespread and far-reaching. We pray today for women and girls in countries where loss of jobs has led to them to take desperate steps to earn money to live. Mothers Union

Today we pray for those who have lost income. Working-age households have experienced the biggest income drop since the 1970s and there are concerns this will worsen. God, we pray for your provision and compassionate policy responses to support struggling families.

God in creation

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love. ~ BCP