Letter: Evangelical BINOs?

Letter Evangelical BINOs? Dear Editor, Your editorial on the Rise of the BINO (Bishop in Name Only) highlighted what church members have observed many years, how bishops have kept their titles, robes and status while emptying their role of defending and upholding...

Who’s Who at St Hugh’s? Secret Conversations on Sexuality Come to Light

Who’s Who at St Hugh?Secret Conversations on Sexuality Come to Light Recent correspondence and blog posts have revealed the existence of a hitherto-secret meeting between conservative/evangelical groupings and liberal/progressive bishops, seeking to reach structural...

Book Reviews: Baptism & Confirmation & Patterns for Baptism

Book Reviews Baptism and Confirmation Church House Publishing, 2022 (ISBN: 9780715123522, 468pp, £40) Patterns for Baptism Church House Publishing, 2022 (ISBN: 9780715123492, 392pp, £25) These handsome volumes are the latest additions to Common Worship, the Church of...

The Diverse Excellencies of Jesus Christ: Gospel-Driven Anglicanism

Gospel-Driven Anglicanism By the Revd Dr Mark Pickles The Diverse Excellencies of Jesus Christ  The American Theologian and Pastor, Jonathan Edwards (1703 -1758), once preached a sermon entitled “The Admirable Conjunction of Diverse Excellencies in Jesus Christ”. The...

The Cancelling of the Creator

The Cancelling of the Creator The headline from a national newspaper popped up on my phone: “Daniel Radcliffe is surely the world’s most ungrateful man”. It’s not a title many would be scrambling to win for themselves, but the opinion-piece made the case. Daniel...

Melville-Knox Christian School Opens in Aberdeen

Melville-Knox Christian School Opens in Aberdeen Melville-Knox Christian School Aberdeen officially opened on Monday 7th November after years of prayer, planning and organisation. We give thanks to the Lord that we have been able to reach this significant milestone;...

Barnabas Report: At Least 21 Christians Killed in Mozambique

Barnabas Report At Least 21 Christians Killed in Mozambique During October At least 21 Christians have been killed by Islamist extremists in violent attacks throughout October in northern Mozambique. Jihadists set fire to a church building and several houses in the...

Sanctuary Foundation Offers Free Advent Resource

Sanctuary Foundation Offers Free Advent Resource  Sanctuary Foundation has been aiding those trying to offer assistance for those fleeing the war in Ukraine through its, “Homes for Ukraine” scheme.  The charity has been serving as a liaison by resourcing hosts and...

Annual Clive West Memorial Lecture Set for Belfast

Annual Clive West Trust Lecture Set for Belfast The 2022 Clive West Trust Lecture will take place on Thursday, 22 November at St Nicholas’ Church on the Lisburn Road in Belfast at 19:30. This year’s featured speaker is the Revd Dr Tim Ward.  Ward earned his PhD from...

Church of England Council Rejects Croft’s Position

Church of England Evangelical Council Rejects Croft’s Position In a press statement following the pronouncements of Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford, the Church of England Evangelical Council repudiated the departure of biblical teaching advocated by Croft. It said,...

Two Irish Bishops to Retire: Diocese of Tumerick?

Two Church of Ireland Bishops To Retire

Amalgamation of Limerick and Tuam

Diocese of Tumerick?

The Church of Ireland Bishops of Limerick and Tuam have decided to retire the same day—leaving room for the amalgamation of the two dioceses.  

The Rt Revd Patrick Rooke, Bishop of Tuam, Killala, & Achonry and The Rt Revd Dr Kenneth Kearon, Bishop of Limerick & Killaloe announced on 18 June, they will both retire on All Hallow’s Eve, 31 October 2021.  The two dioceses will merge at some future point and a bishop elected to oversee the amalgamated work.

According to the most recent Church of Ireland Directory, there are no more than twenty-five stipendiary clergy between the two dioceses.  

The Diocese of Tuam, Killala, and Achonry (often abbreviated, TKA) has six stipendiary clergy and a number of Ordained Local Ministers (OLMs).  It serves the people of County Mayo and Galway.  Rooke was elected Bishop of the diocese in 2011.  Before the last reorganisation of the Church of Ireland in the 19th century, the Diocese of Tuam was an archbishopric with its cathedral in Tuam Town.

According to the announcement released by the Church of Ireland:  “Bishop Rooke was ordained by the Bishop of Connor in 1978, Bishop Rooke served curacies in Mossley Parish, Newtownabbey, and in Ballywillan Parish, Portrush. His first incumbency was in Craigs Group of Parishes before transferring to the Diocese of Armagh for six years as Rector of Ballymore, Tandragee. He returned to the Diocese of Connor in 1994 and the Parish of Agherton, Portstewart, before being appointed Dean of Armagh in 2006. Five years later, he moved to the West on his appointment as Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry”.

The Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe has congregations in counties Clare, Tipperary, Limerick, and Kerry.  It has a larger Anglican population than Tuam and has nineteen stipendiary clergy.  “Bishop Kearon was ordained in 1981 and served his curacy in the Parish of All Saints’ Raheny and St John’s Coolock in Dublin. He was Dean of Residence at Trinity College, Dublin, from 1984 to 1991 when he became Rector of Tullow in Dublin. He was appointed Director of the Irish School of Ecumenics in 1999 and Secretary General of the Anglican Communion in 2005, and was elected Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe in 2014”.  His late father-in-law was Bishop Samuel Poyntz, who before his retirement, had been Bishop of Cork from 1978-1987 and Connor from 1987-1995.

The new, as yet un-named, diocese will be geographically the largest within the Church of Ireland. It will cover most of the Atlantic Coast of the island.  One Church of Ireland bishop, playing on the names of the two dioceses, suggested the new diocese be named, the Diocese of Tumerick.