Archbishop Michael Jackson, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough, has welcomed Archbishop Dermot Farrell to Dublin.
Archbishop Jackson said, “As Archbishop Dermot Farrell takes office as Archbishop of Dublin in the Roman Catholic tradition, I welcome him to this work and this service most warmly.
“Archbishop Farrell takes up office in circumstances that challenge the pastoral heart of every Christian. For almost a year now, we have been working hard to stay together by staying apart. For all religious traditions this imposes particular challenges and limitations. Our instinct and our calling are to corporate gathering and shared worship as well as to individual prayer and public discipleship.”
Archbishop Jackson went on to say, “As we move towards Lent in continuing and, for many people, deepening isolation, I personally look forward to the revival of the Good Friday Walk of Witness in a shared way and on the streets of Dublin. This walk bears visible witness to the faith in Jesus Christ that the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic traditions share and to the care for all the people of the city that flows from it. Together both archbishops carry The Taize Cross from Christ Church Cathedral to St Mary’s Pro Cathedral.
“Archbishop Farrell and I have already corresponded warmly. He will continue in my prayers. I assure him of a heartfelt welcome on my own part and on the part of the clergy and people of Dublin and Glendalough. I wish him everything that is best in an arduous task for which I have every confidence that God will give him the strength and the compassion.”
Archbishop Farrell was installed as Archbishop of Dublin today Tuesday 2 February 2021.