Thursday 23 May 2019

Reverend Neal O'Raw is new Archdeacon of Glendalough

The Reverend Neal O’Raw with Archbishop Michael Jackson
The Reverend Neal O’Raw with Archbishop Michael Jackson

Reverend Neal O'Raw, Rector of Donoughmore and Donard with Dunlavin, has been announced as the new Church of Ireland Archdeacon of Glendalough, succeeding the venerable Ricky Rountree who retired in September.

Revd O'Raw has accepted the invitation of Archbishop Michael Jackson to become Archdeacon. He has been serving in Glendalough since the start of 2016 and has also served in the United Dioceses of Tuam, Killala and Achonry where he was a Rural Dean. He is married to Síobhan and they have three grown-up sons.

Making the announcement, Archbishop Jackson said that Neal was well-known and liked in the dioceses.

'Neal's parishes are in the heart of the rural diocese of Glendalough and this is one of the many perspectives he will bring to the work of Archdeacon of Glendalough. His warm personality and strong faith in God have already endeared him to many across the United Dioceses,' said Archbishop Jackson.

'In looking forward to working with Neal, who has accepted my invitation to undertake this role, I wish to put on record once again my appreciation of the work of Archdeacon Richard Rountree who has recently retired. To both Neal and Ricky and their families I wish happiness and health long into the future,' he said.

The new Archdeacon regards it as an honour to have been offered the role.

'The Diocese of Glendalough has a rich history within the church in Ireland, ably ministered by its many Bishops, Archdeacons and clergy. Archdeacon Rountree, in his years of service to the diocese, has left a great legacy to follow, but in doing so I hope to make the role my own,' he said. 'I feel I have much to offer in experience. Growing up on the Northside of Dublin, in Raheny and Artane, and spending 13 years ministering in Tuam, Killala and Achonry, I believe give me a perspective on the diverse communities, both rural and urban, in the Archdeaconry of Glendalough. Having worked with the clergy of the Diocese over the past two and a half years, I can see that they have a great heart for the people they serve, and work well together to continue the traditions of this Archdeaconry'.

He also paid tribute to the parishioners of Donoughmore and Donard with Dunlavin, and the wider west Wicklow community, for so warmly welcoming his family and now eagerly awaits meeting and getting to know others in the parishes of the diocese.

'The Diocese of Glendalough does not work in isolation, and I look forward to the opportunity to be involved more closely with the workings of the United Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough. I would like to thank Archbishop Michael for this opportunity and I look forward to working with and supporting him in the coming years'.

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