Braemor Park marks 60 years of theological education

Sixty years of theological education at Braemor Park in Dublin were celebrated on Saturday (May 18) with a Service of Thanksgiving and a public lecture in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute.

Both the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Revd John McDowell, and the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, attended the service. Those in the congregation represented the different pathways to ministry within the Church of Ireland as well as many clergy and friends of CITI.

Introducing the service, the Director of CITI, Canon Dr Maurice Elliott noted that the previous Divinity Hostel was in Mountjoy Square where it had been since 1913. When the decision was taken by the Adelaide Hospital to close Fetherstonhaugh House, a convalescent home in Rathgar, in 1961, it was bought by the Representative Church Body and became the new location for the Divinity Hostel which was later renamed Braemor Park.

Dr Elliott said that the building was quite different then and the chapel was furnished with pews. It was dedicated on February 17 1964.

The sermon was preached by Archbishop Jackson who noted that CITI, CITC or The Hostel (in reverse order) had been home to many for a formative period of their lives. He suggested that the years spent in ministry helped people to appreciate and value the years of formation and the foothills of learning.

“My hope is that for each of us gathered here, and for any who are tuning in remotely, CITI over its sixty years in existence has enabled us and countless others to move from co–existence to collaboration and into a community of learning together and meeting God together. The unfinished business of the Church of Ireland’s marking of 150 years of Disestablishment in 2019, that of being a church without borders as outlined by the archbishop of Canterbury in his sermon, is given a good start and a fair wind in CITI where being un–bordered in spirit is the essential deepening of our calling to serve God. This is and remains the great challenge and the uncharted waters,” he stated.

For the gift of solidarity, the Archbishop said the Church was grateful to successive generations of staff – Wardens/Principals/Director, academic, administrative, library, gardening, catering and cleaning staff – all working together in what is a team effort and in a family atmosphere.

In becoming a Theological Institute, the Archbishop said it had become a place to stay, meet, retreat, envision and train in a range of ministries. He described it as a green oasis in densely populated suburbia but close to access routes to the city centre and the University of Dublin. CITI had also expanded the way it teaches and the range of content to respond to the demands made of it by the bishops of the Church of Ireland and it picked up fresh needs for fresh ministries in the development of Irish Anglicanism.

Following the service the congregation joined a wider audience for a public lecture given by theologian and author, Bishop Graham Tomlin. The theme of his lecture was: ‘What is the Church for?’

The 60th anniversary celebrations came in the midst of a busy weekend at CITI with students of the MTh, CCTP and Reflective Learning programmes all in attendance. The keynote lecture was given by the Revd Prof Maggi Dawn, Professor of Theology, Durham University.

Book Launch – Taunagh Church, its Families and Clergy – 21st June, Riverstown

The long-awaited launch of the book “Taunagh Church, its Families and Clergy” by John Taylor will take place in the Folk Park, Riverstown, on Friday 21st June at 8 pm. The book consists of 324 A4 pages, plus covers in both hardback and paperback.

Friday 21st June at 8 pm, Folk Park, Riverstown

The contents record the 138 known families and clergy that belonged to Taunagh since the early nineteenth century, as well as articles on the School, Rectory, and Cooper Memorial Hall. The book is a lifetime of research of this small rural parish. An interesting article was written by Mr. Hugh Kelly on the author’s invitation entitled “Living among the Church of Ireland”.

Ample parking space will be available at the Folk Park on the night and refreshments will be served. All are welcome and invited to attend this special event.

New staff member for Church of Ireland Youth Department

The Church of Ireland Youth Department (CIYD) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new member of staff, Mr Luke Hawkins.

Luke will serve as the CIYD Youth Ministry Development Officer (Southern Region). A former teacher, Luke has most recently been serving in Meath and Kildare Diocese as Diocesan Youth Officer and Chaplain at Wilson’s Hospital School, Mullingar. His role, amongst other things, is to support existing and new youth ministries in the Dioceses of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh; Meath and Kildare; Dublin and Glendalough; Cashel, Ferns and Ossory; Cork, Cloyne and Ross; and Tuam, Limerick and Killaloe.

Speaking of the new appointment, CIYD’s President, Bishop Pat Storey, said: “Luke will bring experience and enthusiasm to this key role.  We look forward to him settling in and developing new initiatives and opportunities for the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom together. We very much hope that dioceses across the Church will know that CIYD is a resource that seeks to equip, engage and empower youth ministry at all levels.”

For more information about the work of the Church of Ireland Youth Department is available at and through its social media channels.

Podcast Series – Sharing & Teaching the Bible, with Bishop Ferran Glenfield

Talk 1: Key Principles

In this podcast Bishop Ferran begins a new series for those sharing, teaching and preaching the Bible. In this first episode he explores key principles of prayerful preparation for teaching God’s word – a word that has the power to change lives.

Talk 2: Getting our teeth into the text

In this episode of Word Ministry, Bishop Ferran emphasises the importance of getting to the heart of the meaning of the passage and why it matters for the way people live in the world today.


Intents 2024 Summer Camp

Registration is open for this years Intents camp. Intents is an absolutely brilliant week of fun, and a great opportunity for young people in Cavan and Monaghan to come together to explore the Christian faith in a really positive way. Get in quick though because it will book up!

Royal School Chaplaincy Vacancy

The Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh, seeks applications for the dual roles of Church of Ireland Chaplain at The Royal School, Cavan, and Diocesan Youth and Children’s Coordinator for the Diocese of Kilmore.

This is a full–time position serving both the youth and children of the diocese and the students and staff of The Royal School.  Applications from suitable qualified ordained or lay persons to include a Curriculum Vitae, a personal statement outlining your vision for the role and the names and details of two referees should be sent via email letter to [email protected], or by post to:

The Venerable Ian Horner, The Rectory, Cavan Road, Bailieborough, Co Cavan. A82 H973.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 3rd April 2024.

Further details including a Job Description may be obtained from Ven Ian Horner upon request.

Crosslinks Regional Meeting in Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh – 25th April

Crosslinks mission society invite you and your church to a Regional Meeting in the diocese on Thursday 25th April at 7:30pm in Teemore Church Hall, Derrylin. It is a great opportunity to hear how mission partners have been sharing the gospel all around the world and how churches here have been supporting them.

During the evening there will be in interview with Trevor Watson, who has been involved in church planting in Sweden. There also be news from Rick & Alanna Creighton, who are teaching future church leaders and youth workers in Jos, Nigeria.

Come along with a group from your church to discover how you could get involved in short-term opportunities in Europe and to receive resources for your church to use.

RSVP by emailing: [email protected]

Guided tours of Coopershill House 18th March

Coopershill House is a fabulous privately-owned Georgian mansion near the village of Riverstown, Co. Sligo. It was built in 1774 and this year it is marking its 250th anniversary.

On 18th March (Bank Holiday Monday) tours will run on the hour from 10:00 am with the last tour starting at 3:00 pm.

€14 over 18 yrs
€8 under 18yrs

The price includes:
A guided tour of the house
Tea/coffee & biscuits
Self-guided walk through the woods to see the fallow deer

All money raised will go towards a new play area at Taunagh National School in Riverstown.

Limited spaces. Reservation required by email: [email protected]

Cavan Christian Women’s Conference – 23rd March

This year’s Cavan Christian Women’s Conference:
Saturday 23 March
9:30-1:30 (optional hotel lunch afterwards)
ALL women warmly welcome (including girls from secondary age onwards)

As women, we receive many conflicting messages from the world about how we should view our bodies. And we all experience, in different ways, the effects of illness, aging and the prospect of death. But what does the Bible have to say? Join us as we hear from God’s word – a message of hope that will help us to think differently about our bodies.

As well as our main speaker we will also hear from a panel of four women discussing how they have been impacted by the real-life issues of body image, infertility, disability and menopause.

Could there be a more relevant subject for us to consider together? We trust this will be a really significant day for all of us personally, and also as we think about how we care for each other – not least in nurturing the next generation. I would love to see you there! Book your place HERE.

An Introduction To Vestry Membership

We have a blessing in the Church of Ireland in that it is the right of all adult members – lay and clerical – to be democratically involved in the management and decision-making of our parishes. This privilege can be taken for granted though! With any privilege comes the duty to use it appropriately – in this case, so that God would be glorified and his Kingdom might be extended through the mission and ministry of our parishes.
To help members of the Church understand the governance of parishes in the Church of Ireland, DKEA has put together a leaflet introducing vestry membership which can be accessed here.