THE new Anglican Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe has been consecrated at a ceremony at Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin.
Reverend Canon Dr Kenneth Kearon succeeds the Rt. Reverend Trevor Williams, who retired in July last year.
A native of Dublin, and a graduate of Trinity College and Cambridge University, Dr Kearon will be formally enthroned on March 7 at St Flannan’s Cathedral in Killaloe.
At the consecration, in Dublin on Saturday, a number of long serving and retired bishops from across the Anglican Church community were in attendance, including the Archbishop of Wales, the Most Revd Dr Barry Moran, who was the preacher at the service.
He said: “Life as a bishop is like a ride on a zip wire. Just as zip wire riders need someone to launch them at the start and haul them in at the end, so too a bishop sets people off on their sometimes daunting journeys of faith and holds them safe as they travel. A bishop of someone who climbs aboard the ride first, to lead by example.Dr Moran added: “Be prepared for an exhilarating, but often uncomfortable ride.”
Dr Kearon was also joined by the president of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Revd Peter Murray.
The service was led by the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson.
The Bishop of Meath and Kildare the most Revd Pat Storey and the Bishop of Tuam and Killala, the Rt Revd Patrick Rooke were co-consecrators.
Born in Dublin in 1953, Bishop Kearon attended Mountjoy School and Trinity College where he studied philosophy.
Following further study at Cambridge, he was ordained a priest in 1982, and served in Raheny and Coolock before his appointment as Dean of Residence at Trinity College. He was elected as Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe in September last year, following a meeting of the Episcopal Electoral College, which also took place at Christ Church Cathedral.