The Dean of Derry, Very Rev Dr William Morton, says he is ‘honoured and delighted’ to take up the post as the new Prebendary of Howth for St Patrick’s Cathedral Chapter, Dublin.
It will mean spending two weeks a year away from the Deanery and St Columb’s Cathedral, but the Dean says he is very much looking forward to taking an active part in the ecclesiastical life of the Dublin Cathedral and interacting with the congregations there.
“St Patrick’s Cathedral is the national Cathedral in the Church of Ireland, and serves all 32 counties of Ireland, not simply those in the South. Every Diocese in Ireland including Derry and Raphoe, Clogher, Armagh and Down and Deromore, have a representative on the Chapter of St Patrick’s Cathedral, and I have been appointed as the Derry and Raphoe representative of the Chapter,” he said.
Although the appointment was made in October last year, it was not until last Sunday that the Dean was installed at a special service in St Patrick’s.
“I am delighted to accept the post. It is a great honour to have been asked to represent the Diocese in Dublin. St Patrick’s is a very ancient cathedral.
“The position itself involves me going down for a residency at the Cathedral twice a year for one week each time, and on my particular Sundays, whichever I am allocated, I will preach at the morning services of either the Choral Eucharist or Choral matins and also later in the day at the Choral Evensong. Then, from Monday through to the Friday I am expected to take part in matins and in Evensong.
“I am happy to use my time there to get to know the Cathedral better and the people who work there and visit for services. I am looking forward to it and to making myself useful there,” the Dean said.