This report and photograph appear in the September 2015 edition of the Church Review (Dublin and Glendalough), page 9:
preaches at Festal
Eucharist in Lichfield
The Revd Canon Professor Patrick Comerford of the Church of Ireland Theological College was the guest preacher at the recent Festal Eucharist in the Chapel of Saint John’s Hospital, Lichfield.
Canon Comerford, who is Lecturer in Anglicanism, Liturgy and Church History in CITI, was preaching at the Festal Eucharist on the Feast of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist, 24 June.
Canon Comerford spoke of the chapel in Saint John’s as his spiritual home. In his sermon he recalled his teenage years in Lichfield, where he has strong family roots and where he began working as a freelance journalist with the Lichfield Mercury.
He recalled how is experiences in Lichfield led to him becoming a journalist and then being ordained an Anglican priest.
The Master of Saint John’s Hospital, Canon Andrew Gorham, presided at the Eucharist, and a reception was held afterwards in the gardens of Saint John’s Hospital, an almshouse dating back to the late 15th century.
The attendance included the Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Dr Ian Dudson CBE, the Deputy Mayor of Lichfield, Mrs Sheelagh James, and former Mayor Mrs Norma Bacon.