Service of Thanksgiving

If you were at Down Cathedral on St Patrick’s Day or saw any images of that wonderful occasion you will have noticed a beautifully reordered and redecorated building.

To celebrate completion of the work we will have a Service of Thanksgiving on Thursday 23 April at 8.00 pm.

At the service we will also install Revd Mark Harvey, rector of St Mary’s Ballybeen as Prebendary of Dunsford and also our new ecumenical canons – Brother Eric Loisel (Order of St Benedict) and Revd John Alderdice from Edgehill College. These are the cathedral’s first ever ecumenical canons.

Brother Eric is with the Holy Cross Monastery in Rostrevor and Revd Alderdice, formerly Methodist Chaplain at Queen’s, is Director of Ministry at Edgehill Theological College, Belfast.

Expressing his delight at the appointment of 2 ecumenical canons to the Cathedral Chapter Dean of Down, The Very Revd Henry Hull, said:

“Brother Eric’s appointment represents the Cathedral’s historic roots and special relationship with the Benedictine community in Rostrevor. He also has links with Downpatrick going back to the early 80s when he and Dom Mark Ephrem were part of a House of Prayer in the town.

“The appointment of Revd John Aldredice underscores our growing relationship with the Methodist Church and I look forward to welcoming them both to the cathedral as canons.”

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