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Fr. Kieran O'Mahony OSA named Ecumenical Canon of St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, one of the two historical cathedrals in the care of the Church of Ireland, has a chapter of twenty-two canons, two of whom are elected as “ecumenical canons”, coming form other Christian traditions.  In 2012, Kieran O’Mahony OSA, was elected as one of these two ecumenical canons for a five-year period.  The full title is Prebendary of Finglas. A “prebend” is a portion of the revenues of a cathedral or collegiate church granted to a canon as part of his stipend (In St. Patrick’s the ecumenical canons are non-stipendary, of course).  Both ecumenical canons are part of the cathedral chapter, with a seat in the choir and a voice in the deliberations. The duties include preaching twice a year and a weeks “residency” once a year when one moves in to the city centre and takes part in the services of the Cathedral.
For many years Kieran has worked closely with the Church of Ireland, both at diocesan and parish level.  Some years ago, he was the main speaker at the clergy conference of the Archdiocese of Dublin and Glendalough (in Athlone).  He taught homiletics for two years at the Church of Ireland Theological College (as it was then known).  Over many years, he has been part of the continuing ministerial education programme for the recently ordained Church of Ireland clergy, along with John Byrne OSA. In Dublin, there is the Archbishop’s Course – a programme of adult faith education – and, from time to time, they have invited Kieran to speak to them. For Holy Week, 2012, he undertook the week’s preaching for the Parish of Whitechurch (Dublin 16).  The appointment is a generous acknowledgement, in part, of this commitment to working together as Christian churches.
Canons are installed, fairly literally, into a stall in the cathedral choir.  The installation took place on September 23rd, during Choral Evensong, with the Dean, Victor Stacey, presiding. The preacher was the Anglican priest, Canon Horace McKinley, a great friend of the Augustinians.  Many friends and family members attended, as did members of our Order, led by our Provincial, Gerry Horan OSA.
Congratulations are due to Kieran on this well-deserved recognition by our Anglican brothers.

Article posted on 17th of November 2012

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