IN THE medieval setting of St Lasarian's Cathedral in the Diocese of Leighlin on the Eve of the Feast of Saint Peter, the ordination of the Reverend Helen Oxley as priest took place in front of her colleagues and a packed congregation.
Helen, the School Principal in Kiltegan National School, has been serving in the Union of Dunleckney Parishes and will continue her work of ministry there for the time being.
Her sponsors, Ms Hilda Rothwell, her son Mr Jonathan Oxley and her rector in Bagenalstown the Revd Canon Charles McCollum, presented Helen to the Bishop for ordination. The Archdeacon of Ferns was standing in for the Archdeacon of Cashel & Ossory .
he Rite of Ordination took place in the middle area of the cathedral, conducted by the Bishop and surrounded by the clergy of the Diocese and surrounding areas and including representatives of the ecumenical community. The Service concluded with a celebration of the Eucharist.
During the refreshments that followed a book launch took place. ' Clergy of Cashel, Emly and Leighlin,' has been compiled by the Revd Canon David Crooks and the Revd Iain Knox and published by the Ulster Heritage Foundation. This large tome of nearly 1,000 pages is now the 10th in the series and was being co-launched, the other occasion taking place in a few days time in Cashel. It was hoped that the next in the series on Ossory would follow shortly.