Wednesday 17 October 2018

New Archdeacon role for Ardamine Rector

The Venerable Bob Gray
The Venerable Bob Gray

Ardamine based Canon Bob Gray has been appointed Archdeacon of Cashel, Ferns, Waterford and Lismore in succession to the Venerable Chris Long, who has retired.

The Venerable Bob Gray will be installed as Archdeacon of Ferns in St Edan's Cathedral, Ferns, this Sunday, September 6, at 4 p.m. Canon Mark Hayden and Canon Arthur Minion will also be installed to new positions at the service.

'I was appointed Archdeacon of the dioceses of Cashel, Ferns, Waterford and Lismore by Bishop Michael Burrows, with effect from Monday, July 27, following the retirement of the Venerable Chris Long, former Rector of Enniscorthy,' explained Bob.

The appointment means that he is senior priest in the four dioceses and will share in the administration of the diocese as a whole with Bishop Burrows. 'My archdeaconry covers all of Co. Wexford (except Inch), all of Waterford, south Tipperary and small parts of Wicklow, Kilkenny and Limerick,' he said. 'I will be assisting the Bishop in organising diocesan business, such as the diocesan synod and council meetings.

'The Archdeacon sits on all diocesan committees and basically assists the Bishop. Thankfully I will not be moving from the Ardamine Group of parishes as I am very happy here.'

Gorey Guardian