On Sunday next, 1 October 2017 the dean of the cathedral, the Very Revd Dermot Dunne will install two lay canons and two ecumenical canons to the chapter of the cathedral in the context of Choral Evensong. Dr Mary McAleese, one-time president of the Republic of Ireland and Professor James Lucey, Medical Director of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services will be installed as the lay canons. Fr David Tuohy SJ of the Jesuit order will join the Revd Lorraine Kennedy-Ritchie as the two ecumenical canons to be installed as well. This follows a law passed by the General Synod of the Church of Ireland which convened in May this year allowing the archbishop of Dublin to appoint lay and ecumenical canons to the chapter of the cathedral. The archbishop will preside and preach at the service. This is a historic occasion in the life of these dioceses when canons are drawn from the wider community to become part of the active life of the cathedral. Both lay and ecumenical canons are recognised for their service to the community of Ireland and it is fitting that Christ Church Cathedral, the spiritual heart of Dublin should invite them to be part of its foundation as it seeks to continue to serve the community of Dublin and its environs.
Everyone is invited to attend the service which begins at 3.30pm in the afternoon.
The Very Revd, the Dean