Congratulations to Revd. Andrew Pierce who was ordained Deacon by Bishop Ferran Glenfield at a service in St Fethlimidh’s Cathedral, Kilmore on Sunday 13th September. Revd. Andy will be serving as a deacon-intern in the Virginia Group of parishes (Billis, Killinkere, Lurgan and Munterconnaught).
Revd. Andy has previously been serving as a diocesan reader and as a parish reader in the Killeshandra Group of Parishes. He is married to Jackie, who runs the family business, J&B Hope Ltd, in Cavan, with their daughter Abigael. Their son Forrest lives in Arva. Andy has two daughters, Rebecca and Dana, living in the United States. Jackie (nee Johnston) was from Billis, Virginia.
Fortunately, both college and parish life are slowly returning to normal and Andy is very much looking forward to learning from Archdeacon Craig McCauley and serving the people of the Virginia group. He will live part time with Jackie’s parents, John and Sarah Johnston, in Billis.
The deacon-intern placement involves one week a month in class at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute across the school year. On the other weeks he will spend Sundays and three weekdays in the parish. Two days a week are to be dedicated to writing a dissertation to complete the Church of Ireland’s Master of Theology Programme.
Andy is looking forward to developing his preaching skills, to visiting and spending time with people in the parishes and generally learning the skills and disciplines needed to serve as a Curate and potentially as a rector. He also enjoys working with his hands, canoeing on lakes and rivers, and reading books that help him understand the world from a Christian perspective.