This quarter-page news report and photograph is published in the ‘Church of Ireland Gazette’ today, 31 March 2017, page 3:
Installation and Commissioning
in Limerick Cathedral
Canon Patrick Comerford, Priest-in-Charge of the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes in the Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe, was recently installed as Canon Precentor in the diocesan cathedral chapters.
At Choral Evensong in St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, the Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe, Dr Kenneth Kearon, installed Canon Comerford as Canon Precentor of the Joint Chapter of St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, St Flannan’s Cathedral, Killaloe, Co Clare, and St Brendan’s Cathedral, Clonfert, Co Galway.
At the same service, Bishop Kearon launched the new Diocesan Guild of Lay Readers, chaired by Audrey Clarke Gordon of Nenagh Union of Parishes, and the diocesan readers recommitted themselves to the work for which they were commissioned.
Bishop Kearon also commissioned diocesan readers for the Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe: Norma-Jean Carney, Birr Group of Parishes; Jerome Phair, Clonfert Group of Parishes, and Dr Steven Ellis, who is already a diocesan reader in the Diocese of Tuam, Killala and Achonry.
The new readers recently completed the Certificate in Christian Studies programme run in the diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory.
The guest preacher, the Rt Rev Patrick Rooke, Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, spoke of the importance of the ministry and witness of lay readers, and of the educational role that Canon Patrick Comerford is soon to take up in the diocese.