Friday, 16 August 2013

CITI lecturer contributes chapters to two new books

Today’s edition of the Church of Ireland Gazette [Friday, 16 August 2013] carries the following half-page news report and photograph on the back page:

CITI lecturer contributes chapters to two new books

Canon Patrick Comerford (centre), with Prof Pierse Grace, contributor, and Joe Kennedy, editor, at the book launch in Callan. (Photograph: Barbara Comerford)

Canon Patrick Comerford, Lecturer in Anglicanism, Liturgy and Church History in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute (CITI), has contributed three chapters to two new books published during the summer months.

Bishop Brendan Leahy, the new Roman Catholic Bishop of Limerick, and Prof. Salvador Ryan of Maynooth, have edited Treasures of Irish Christianity, Volume II, A People of the Word, which was recently launched in Maynooth by Veritas Pubications.

This new collection of essays follows the success of last year’s publication, Treasures of Irish Christianity: People and Places, Images and Texts, also edited by Bishop Leahy and Professor Ryan and, which has recently gone to a reprint.

The new volume – which contains two chapters by Canon Comerford and illustrated with photographs taken by himself – contains over 80 contributions from scholars from a variety of Christian traditions and Churches in Ireland and abroad, including the Church of Ireland, Greek Orthodox, Methodist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian and Quaker.

Canon Comerford’s first chapter on ‘Bale’s Books and Bedell’s Bible: Early Anglican Translations of Word and Liturgy into Irish’ looks at the careers of two 16th and 17th century bishops of the Church of Ireland, John Bale of Ossory and William Bedell of Kilmore, and contrasts their life stories and their attitudes to translating the Bible and The Book of Common Prayer into the Irish language.

His second chapter, ‘“Thou my high tower”: The Celtic Revival and Hymn Writers in the Church of Ireland’, reviews the Celtic revival in the late 19th century and its impact on hymn writers in the Church of Ireland and on architectural designs.

Other contributions with a Church of Ireland interest include a chapter by Dr Kerry Houston, Director of Chapel Music at Trinity College, Dublin, on ‘Music in the Chapel of Trinity College Dublin’; and by the Dean of Belfast, the Very Revd John Mann, on ‘The Mosaics of St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast.’

In another book launched during the local Abhainn Rí Festival in Callan, Co Kilkenny, Canon Comerford has written about family monuments in St Mary’s, the now–closed Church of Ireland parish church in Callan.

‘Comerford Monuments in Callan and the search for a Family’s Origins’ is one of 19 chapters in the 380-page Callan 800 (1207–2007), History & Heritage, Companion Volume, edited by Joseph Kennedy and published by Callan Heritage Society, 2013.

The new book was launched by Joe Kearney of RTÉ Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany, a well–known author, broadcaster and documentary film–maker, who is from Callan.

Speaking at the book launch, Joseph Kennedy, a local historian, said the first volume, published in 2007 to mark Callan’s eighth centenary, was inspired by research by Canon Adrian Empey, who had dated the first charter granted to Callan to the year 1207.

Update: 28 August 2013: A similar full-page news report and photograph is published in the September edition of the Diocesan Magazine (Cashel, Ferns and Leighlin), page 29.

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