A large congregation gathered in St Eunan’s Cathedral in Raphoe on Saturday, May 3, for the installation of the new Dean, Canon Arthur Barrett.
Dean Barrett was joined by his wife Brigid, his family and many friends for the occasion.
In addition to a large contingent from the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe attending the installation, a large and representative delegation from his former parish of Rossory also made the journey to see their former Minister installed.
People had also travelled from as far afield as Dublin for the Service.
The preacher at the Service was Archbishop David Chillingworth, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church.
Following the installation there were the traditional refreshments and speeches of welcome in the adjoining parish hall.
As well as being Dean of Raphoe, Dean Barrett will be Rector of the parishes of Raphoe, Raymochy and Clonleigh.
Canon Barrett was formerly Rector of Rossory Parish, near Enniskillen, in Clogher diocese. Ordained in 1997 he began his ministry with a curacy in Seagoe Parish, Portadown. He has since serve as Rector in parishes in Dublin and Co Sligo.
Prior to ordination he spent 15 years in business, being Managing Director of a company before beginning his theological training. He is married to Brigid and they have three children, Charlie, Nathan and Lucy.
St Eunan’s Cathedral, also known as Raphoe Cathedral, is one of two cathedral churches of the United dioceses of Derry and Raphoe in the Church of Ireland. It is located in Raphoe, Co Donegal and is dedicated to Saint Eunan who was abbot of Iona from 679 to 704. The other diocesan cathedral is St Columb’s Cathedral.