THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST ANNE
July / August 2016
The Junior Girls choir supported by Anna and Aoife singing during the Cathedral Choir Schools concert which
launched a very successful Music Festival held during May.
Cathedral Digest 3
Letter from the Dean
By the Very Rev John Mann, Dean of Belfast
This summer we don’t
have a special service
planned (apart from
wedding!) such as has
been the case every
year since I came to
St Anne’s. That
means that we have
some weeks for holidays
and planning without the focus of a
major commemoration or celebration.
This is particularly good news for the
members of staff who have recently
joined us, especially Mark Niblock and
Simon Cordner. It does take a while
to find one’s feet, but both seem to be
adaptable and quick to learn - ah, the
joys of youth!
There are various things afoot as one
might say. The website, which has
served us well for a decade, is creaking
a bit and cannot do what is required by
the demands of modern communication,
so we are looking into revamping that
area of our interface with the public and
source of information for the parishioner.
Also, there is some repair work going
on soon on the great bronze doors to
the Cathedral. The ones on the south
side have become unusable, due to the
mechanism under the lower hinge
collapsing. These can only be dealt with
by specialist workmen. They need to be
in full operation for September. So that
work is going ahead.
The offices are being re-organised once
again. It is difficult to get the configuration
just right, but we are working on a
scheme that makes the working
environment the best that we can
achieve for all concerned. So, happily,
we have a few weeks to move things on.
They will fly by and soon the children will
be back, the music start again, the
calendar look crammed with events and,
yet, day by day, we say our prayers,
share communion, contemplate our
blessings and look forward in hope.
Tributes to victims of Orlando shooting
A single candle burned in St Anne’s in
the wake of the shooting dead of 49 innocent
people at a nightclub in Orlando
on June 12.
Prayers for the victims were said at
services that day, and specially written
prayers were available in the Chapel of
the Holy Spirit, where people wanting to
reflect on the atrocity were able to light a
candle or spend time in silent prayer.
The attack at Pulse nightclub, by an
American-born man who had pledged allegiance
to ISIS, was the deadliest mass
shooting in the United States and the
nation’s worst terror attack since 9/11.
All victims of violence were remembered
in the prayers said in the days following
The Friends of Belfast Cathedral would
like to thank Maureen Agnew for the
splendid floral arrangement in acknowledgement
of Friends Sunday – the
Sunday closest to June 4 which is the
date of the consecration of the Nave.
Mr Simon Cordner is the Cathedral’s new business development and marketing manager.
New business development
and marketing manager
Mr Simon Cordner has joined the staff of
St Anne’s Cathedral as Business Development
and Marketing Manager.
Simon, 35, has a degree in International
Business with Tourism, and previously
worked with online bike store Chain
Reaction Cycles where he occupied
various roles including Events Manager,
Head of PR and Brand Manager.
Prior to that Simon was a Senior Events
Manager with the Northern Ireland
Events Company and was involved in
delivering major international events at
venues across Northern Ireland.
Born in Derry City, Simon spent several
years in Carrickfergus before moving to
Bangor, Co Down, in 1990 where he now
lives with this wife Sharon and children
Rhylan, 10, Ruari, 8, and Darcy Joy (2).
Simon’s father, the Rev Willis Cordner, is
the retired Minister of 1st Bangor Presbyterian
Church where Simon and Sharon
are members. In recent years they also
led worship in Belfast City Vineyard.
Simon said he was looking forward to
this new role at Belfast Cathedral. “I
really enjoyed working in tourism and
promoting ‘Northern Ireland PLC’ to a
global audience. When the opportunity
arose to take a position within the Cathedral
Quarter I jumped at it!” he said.
“St Anne’s Cathedral is an untapped
resource with a huge amount of potential
and I hope that I can utilise my skills to
help develop it. It is an exciting time for
this part of Belfast and St Anne’s has an
important part to play in the growth and
vibrancy of the city.”
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Queen’s birthday Honours
Stanley, along with Sir Donald Murray
and Dean Sammy Crooks, was instrumental
in the launch of the first Black
Santa charity sit-out.
Stanley McIlroy MBE and his wife Noleen.
Congratulations to Cathedral parishioners
Stanley McIlroy and Thomas Hogg,
and to Past Chorister Brian Hunter who
have been made MBEs in the Queen’s
Stanley, 92, a tireless fundraiser for
Cancer Research UK, receives his
Honour for charitable services. He said
he was delighted to accept the MBE on
behalf of his wife Noreen and everyone
who has supported his fundraising
activities over more than half a century.
“If Noreen and the people of east Belfast
had not been behind me I would never
have raised all the money,” Stanley said.
He and Noreen have
raised more than £1
million for charities, with
the lion’s share going to
They were married in
St Anne’s Cathedral on
Easter Monday, April
22 1957. Stanley was
a Board member for 33
years, and Noreen’s
father was one of the
sergeants who carried
Lord Carson’s body into
the Cathedral for burial.
He says he has no intention of easing up
on the fundraising as it keeps his brain
active. “Eight years ago I took a heart
attack. I now have a pacemaker and
stents. Through research I am alive
today. I can’t just sit and do nothing,” he
right, was director
of Canticle, a
group which became
for its television appearances. In the
1990s Brian formed a new singing group
Pavanne, and in 1995 became Director
of chamber choir Rennaissance.
Brian is currently Director of Music at St
Molua’s Parish Church, Stormont, having
previously held posts at Bangor Abbey
and Holywood Parish, and sings with the
Priory Singers, Melisma and Musicus
Amicos. He receives his
MBE for services to music
in Northern Ireland.
Thomas Hogg, left,
has been a member
of Antrim and Newtownabbey
since May 2011 and has
just stepped down as
Mayor. He serves in the
Army Reserve with The
Royal Irish Regiment.
His award is for services
to local government in
St Anne’s Cathedral welcomed Belfast Philharmonic’s Phil Kids and Phil Youth Choirs for their 10th anniversary
concert on May 7. The choirs were accompanied by the Ulster Orchestra, conducted by Lynsey Callaghan.
Cathedral picks up three
St Anne’s Cathedral picked up three top
prizes in the Church of Ireland Central
Communications Board’s Communications
Competition, the winners of which
were announced at General Synod.
The competition was run by the Church
of Ireland Press Office but externally and
St Anne’s was awarded first prize in the
Other/Affiliated Organisation Magazines
category for the Cathedral Digest. The
judges said it was a ‘good pocket–sized
publication with an easy layout and good
standard of photography,’ and praised
the Digest for its ‘informative and clear
design with a reader–friendly format.’
The Cathedral also took top prize for
Other/Affiliated Organisation Website.
The St Anne’s website was commended
for being well-maintained with ‘very clear
navigation and a wealth of information.’
The Social Media and Blogs category
looked at engagement with innovative
developments in social networking.
Twenty three social media entries featured,
ranging from Facebook and Twitter
to Instagram, podcasts and e-zines.
Prize for the Most Engaging Blog went to
the Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev John
Mann, whose twice weekly blog was
described by the judges as a ‘worthy
entry’ due to the consistency in posting
The award-winning Digest continues to
be printed thanks to the support of our
regular readers. Readers are reminded
that a voluntary donation of £10 per year
is welcomed and should be forwarded to
the Bursar, St Anne’s Cathedral.
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The Cliftonville Integrated Primary School Choir sang a selections of numbers at the Choir Schools Concert.
Caity and Katie perform a piano duet.
Four representatives of the Cathedral Boys’ Choir.
Members of the Cathedral Junior Girls’ Choir.
Zoe McGarry played some beautiful items on the harp
Joyful voices and music
at Choir Schools Concert
St Anne’s was filled with joyful young
voices and beautiful instrumental music
during the Cathedral Choir Schools
Concert on Sunday May 22.
The concert featured around 30 children
from the Cathedral’s three north Belfast
choir schools, Edenbrooke, Sacred
Heart and Cliftonville Integrated Primary
Some of the pupils have progressed to
the Junior Girls’ and Boys’ Choirs, and
singers from these choirs also took part
in Sunday’s concert, augmenting their
usual sacred repertoire with some fun
songs especially for the occasion.
In an entertaining programme, members
of the Boys’ Choir sang Lead Me Lord,
and were followed by the Junior Girls
singing The White Paternoster. Talented
pianists Caity and Katie performed
Dance of the Shepherd Girls as a duet
and also performed piano solos.
Tania Murphy, from the Senior Girls’
Choir, sang a solo Music for a while. Earlier
this year Tania sang with choristers
from 60 cathedrals in St Paul’s, London.
The Cliftonville Choir sang three very
entertaining songs, Oleo, Wish and What
Makes a Family, and Cormac played
Boat to Inverie beautifully on violin.
The audience was spellbound by harpist
Zoe McGarry playing Rites of Man, The
Last Dance, and The Musical Priest.
from the Junior Girls and the Boys.
There were gifts for children who move
on this year, and a special thank you
for Anna Woodfield, who is leaving the
Cathedral to do teacher training.
Wishing Anna all the best in her career,
Cathedral singing tutor Catherine Harper
said: “We are going to be bereft without
her. She has managed to get around
every discipline and she works very hard
and knows the children so well.”
The Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev John
Mann, expressed thanks to Catherine,
to music tutor Thérèse Woodfield, to
the girls from the Senior Choir who had
helped out and to Master of the
Choristers David Stevens.
“We would love this project to continue
and to grow,” Dean Mann said.
The concert closed with further songs
A lovely solo violin performance by Cormac.
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Art exhibition inspired
by 1916 centenaries
The Dean of Belfast wrote an introduction
to an exhibition by artist Eve Parnell
which appeared in a catalogue accompanying
Eve’s exhibition, Souls of the
Slain, which ran in the Long Gallery at
Stormont from June 6-24.
Souls of the Slain is a series of drawings
on tissue paper inspired by the Battle of
The Somme and the Easter Rising.
Dublin artist Eve first met Dean Mann
when she presented a pencil drawing
of Sir John Lavery’s St Brigid to Prince
Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall
during their visit to St Patrick’s Church in
Donegall Street last year.
The focus of each of Eve’s drawings is
the Raven, and in his article, Dean Mann
reflected on the use of this bird in the
Eve has these birds “haloed in light and
themselves in a variety of non-aggressive
poses, imperilled even, carrying
in their beaks as twigs to the nest, the
drawings on tissue paper – itself ephemeral,
expendable, of little substance - and
streamers of poetry,” the Dean wrote.
He described Eve’s work as ‘arresting.’
“Her artistic conception of the
Somme introduces motifs that produce
resonances which on the one hand are
restorative, but on the other, painful and
Other commentators in the catalogue are
Anne Stewart, curator of Fine Art, National
Museums of Northern Ireland, and
Dean John Mann views Eve Parnell’s exhibition in the
Long Gallery at Stormont.
The Most Rev Eamon Martin, Roman
Catholic Archbishop of Armagh.
The exhibition was endorsed by Deputy
First Minister Martin McGuinness and the
Rt Hon Jeffrey Donaldson MP.
At the invitation of Dean Mann, and by
kind permission of Eve Parnell, St Anne’s
will host Souls of the Slain with a launch
on July 14 to which all are welcome.
The Rev Canon Bro David Jardine of
Divine Healing Ministries Preacher
was the preacher at the 7.30pm
Ascension Day Eucharist Service in
St Anne’s on Thursday May 5.
First Minister Arlene Foster MLA, Her
Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Belfast
Mrs Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle and
Belfast’s Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian
Kingston, were among the honoured
guests at a celebration Evensong for
Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday
in St Anne’s Cathedral on June 8.
Also in attendance were Lady Ballyedmond,
Honorary Consul for Chile, Sir
Nigel Hamilton, Her Majesty’s Deputy
Lord Lieutenant for Belfast, the Council
General of China, representatives of
the Army, RAF, PSNI, Navy and Army
Members of St Anne’s choir joined other
singers for at the RSCM Ireland
‘Sequence for Ascension’ event held in
the Cathedral on May 21.
This was directed by the Cathedral’s
Master of the Choristers David Stevens,
and music included The Spirit of the Lord
Dean Mann chats to Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant Mrs
Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle at the Evensong to celebrate the
Queen’s birthday. In the background are Sea Cadet Sophie
Dalzell and Lord Mayor Alderman Brian Kingston.
cadets and MLAs.
This was very much an occasion of celebration.
The service opened with the
singing of the National Anthem and later
Cathedral organist Ian Barber, Master
of the Choristers David Stevens and the
Choir presented a rousing version of
the popular coronation anthem, Parry’s
I was glad.
There were special prayers and hymns
suitable for the occasion. Scripture was
read by Sir Nigel Hamilton and by Lord
Master of the Choristers directs RSCM event
(Elgar), God is gone up (Finzi) and Ye
choirs of new Jerusalem (Stanford) along
with appropriate Ascensiontide hymns.
The service was led by the Dean of Belfast
and RSCM Ireland coordinator Mark
Bowyer read the first lesson.
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Conor Breen, centre, sang at the music festival.
Pupils from Victoria College singing during the closing
concert at the Cathedral Music Festival.
Belfast Cathedral’s 2016 Music Festival
concluded on May 28 with a superb
concert in honour of the 90th birthday of
Her Majesty The Queen.
The concert took place in the presence
of Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of
Belfast, Mrs Finnouala Jay-O’Boyle CBE,
and Mr Richard Jay.
Hannah McCune, Andrea Delaney and David Stevens.
Guest organist Christopher Boodle.
This festival finale was hosted by St
Anne’s in conjunction with the Ulster
Society of Organists and Choirmasters.
The Cathedral Choir was joined by the
Cantate Domino Consort and the Junior
Choir of Victoria College Belfast.
The concert also included three
organists: Ian Barber and David
Stevens, current Organist and Master of
Choristers respectively, and an invited
guest organist and former musician of St
Anne’s, Christopher Boodle.
The finale of the Cathedral Music Festival.
rt concludes Music Festival
Brian Hunter, who is no stranger to St
Anne’s, directed the Cantate Domino
Consort, with several pieces directly
linked to Royal occasions.
Victoria College Junior Choir played a
valuable role in providing not only two
pieces on their own, but in joining the
other two choirs in Parry’s I was glad,
which finished the concert, contributing
the highly timely Vivat Regina.
St Anne’s choir sang the popular Zadok
the Priest in impressive style and organ
works punctuated the choral works.
The Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev John
Mann said: “It was a suitable end to a
wonderful and very successful festival of
The Festival began the previous Sunday,
May 22, with a concert by the Cathedral’s
Choir Schools (see pages 6-7).
The second concert of the Festival took
place on Wednesday May 25 when
Conor Breen, former member of the
Cathedral Choir and NI Opera Young
Artist, performed a recital of atmospheric
music from Saint-Saëns, Hahn, Finzi,
Mahler and Strauss.
On Thursday May 26 the audience was
guided to the north side of the choir stalls
for an organ recital by David Stevens.
The full effect of the organ is enjoyed
from this position, and with the curtains
around the console removed, everyone
was able to get a good view of the performers
– which included Aimee, Anna,
Rachel and Therese from the St Anne’s
Soprano Andrea Delaney’s recital on
May 27 reflected well her title On a Wing
and a Prayer, and drew people in from
the street to listen.
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The Friends of Belfast Cathedral visited Cookstown on May 7, stopping at the Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre
and Killymoon Castle and enjoying High Tea at Killymoon Golf Club. Afterwards the group attended a service
conducted by the Rev Canon RJN Porteus in St Luran’s Parish Church, Derryloran, Cookstown. The group is pictured
outside Killymoon Castle.
Gogglebox stars pop in!
Leon and June, stars of Channel 4’s
Gogglebox, called in to take a look
around St Anne’s on May 3.
The couple, who their fans will know are
famous for their adoring gazes, mushy
comments, harmless bickering and
Leon’s slightly inappropriate
observations on pretty young ladies,
were on a short holiday to Belfast from
their home in Liverpool.
Leon, aged 80, and June, 77, are a firm
favourite of Cathedral staff, and they
were happy to chat and pose for
Former teachers, they have been married
for almost 60 years. They have been
appearing on Gogglebox most Friday
nights since the reality show first aired in
March 2013. The show features recurring
couples, families and friends sitting in
their homes watching weekly TV shows
and commenting on what they see.
Leon said this was their first visit to Bel-
Leon and June during their visit to St Anne’s.
fast, and they had been to St George’s
Market, the Titanic Centre, the Giant’s
Causeway and had taken a Black Taxi
Tour. “We love Belfast, the people are
lovely,” said Leon.
“Three years ago there were two young
ladies going around Liverpool casting
for Gogglebox. We got chatting and they
signed us for four weeks. Now we have
five million viewers on a Friday night!”
St Anne’s was flooded with culture and
sounds on June 23 as it hosted WelcomeFest,
celebrating Refugee Week.
face painting, and a variety of organisations
working with and supporting refugees
and asylum seekers were present.
Around 400 people attended the event
organised by the Red Cross, Belfast
Friendship Club and NI Council for Refugees
and Asylum Seekers (NICRAS).
The free concert featured a diverse
line-up of local artists including Ugandan
drummer Donna Namusake, Sri Lankan
beatboxer Julius, Indian dance troupe
Josh, Wilson Magwere singing music
from Zimbabwe, Anglo-Colombian duo
Mauricio Velezsierra and Heidi Heidelberg,
and Samba band Chidambaran.
Local talent included Fiona O’Kane and
Frances Mitchell and Alan McBride, Mark
Humphries and Roy Fulton.
Children were enthralled by the skills of
a host of circus acts, while outside they
had the opportunity to have a go at art
activities provided by Wheelworks. The
SOS Bus provided refreshments and
The Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev John
Mann, said WelcomeFest was all about
‘celebrating talent, experiencing diversity,
promoting the richness of the wide range
of Northern Ireland’s society today.’
“Things are not always easy, individuals
and families may be isolated, integration
takes time and effort, but may this night
open our eyes and ears to fresh sights
and sounds, help us make new friends
and bring a smile and raise spirits all
round,” the Dean said.
Melanie Holmes from the Red Cross
refugee support team in Belfast said:
“We wanted to show people the positive
side of our work. We see a lot of hardship
and sadness in our jobs supporting
vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers,
but each person we meet is an individual
with their own story, talents and
contribution to make to our society.”
Young dancers from the Indian dance troupe Josh.
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As it was in the beginning...(XIV)
By Vernon Clegg
During the first 30 of Charles Brennan’s
60 years as Organist and Director of
the Choir he had the assistance of six
appointed organists. It seems that in his
first few years he was helped by Isaac
Nicholl and possibly others – evidence
suggests that an Albert Frederick Hart
was engaged as an assistant in the earliest
years. However, in 1908 Mr Teasdale
E Griffiths, ARCO, was appointed
Sub-Organist. But in 1913 he left for the
organ stool in Saint Silas’s and on 1st
October that year Mr Joseph McBratney
took his place as Assistant Organist at
£20 per annum. For this ‘he would play
at the Sunday Evening Services and
perform other duties that the Dean might
Mr McBratney (JH to his friends) had a
distinguished career as an organist and
conductor and he was a brilliant pianist.
He was the eldest of four musically talented
brothers, the sons of John McBratney.
Joseph’s first organ appointment,
at the age of 16, was at St Donard’s,
Bloomfield. Reports place him thereafter
at the organs of Derriaghy Parish
Church, Lisburn Cathedral, St Stephen’s,
St Luke’s, Carlisle Memorial Methodists’
and St Mark’s, Dundela. At St Mark’s his
keyboard skills were well demonstrated
when he used a grand piano for the
services while the church was between
organs. He was the Conductor of the
Londonderry Philharmonic Society and
Organist and Deputy Conductor of the
Belfast Philharmonic. He had the distinction
of accompanying Dame Clara Butt
on the organ in the Ulster Hall. He conducted
the Clarence Place Choral Union,
the Ulster Male Choir and taught music
at Mount Oregon School, Whitehead.
He moved on
from the Cathedral
in April 1917.
right, died in his
home in University
on 21 May, 1938
after a year-long
illness and was
buried in Dundonald.
(Photo: Belfast Telegraph)
With the Great War in prospect choirmaster
Brennan joined the Officer
Training Corps at Queen’s University. His
family background might have influenced
this decision. He was born in married
quarters at Fort Grange, Gosport, where
his father Corporal Thomas Brennan,
16th Foot, was stationed. When Mr
McBratney left the Cathedral in 1917
finding a replacement was neither easy
nor straightforward. By then ‘Mr’ Brennan
had become ‘Captain’ Brennan
and as such could at any time be called
away and the assistant organist would
be required to take over as Deputy on a
temporary full-time basis. The salary on
offer did not attract ‘efficient candidates.’
The vicar-choral, Rev Ronnie Olden,
thought that by doubling their offer Mr
Jack McKeown, ARCO, might be interested
in the job and in May, less than a
month later, Dean Grierson announced
that his appointment had been made.
George Ronaldson Cuming Olden was a
choirboy in Cork Cathedral and became
assistant organist there. He went to Dublin
University and, in 1909, was ordained
as curate in Ballinderry. Three years
later he was appointed a Minor Canon of
Belfast Cathedral. Here he developed
his musical gifts and took over the Even-
ing Choir continuing the good work of his
predecessor, Rev James Carey. He initiated
the choirboys’ Choral Scholarships,
a scheme for their free education. He
wrote articles and gave talks on church
music and tradition and style of services
both for cathedral and parish churches.
As a composer he wrote four operettas
and several Irish airs, ‘The Irish Girl’
being one. He formed the Saint Anne’s
Glee Choir which was a popular winner
at many music festivals.
Vicar-choral ‘Ronnie’ Olden with C J Brennan.
In September 1917 Captain Brennan
received notice from the War Office that
he was to go to Aldershot. The Dean
advised him to talk to Mr McKeown to
see what arrangements could be made
during his absence and they agreed that
Mr McKeown would receive an extra
payment taken out of Mr Brennan’s salary,
to begin in October and run till the
end of December 1917. In early 1918
Captain Brennan was posted to the war
zone in France and he and Jack McKeown
decided to combine their salaries
and each take half.
When Captain Brennan returned from
the war Mr McKeown resumed as assistant
organist and continued as such
until 1929 when he took up the post of
Organist and Choirmaster in St James’,
Antrim Road. Mr Fred Burrowes, ARCO,
a revered person, then took over as
assistant in St Anne’s but he moved to
Carlisle Memorial in 1931 and thence to
Bangor’s Hamilton Road Presbyterian.
The constitution of the Ulster Society of
Organists and Choirmasters was drafted
in his house nearby. He served as Vice-
President for several years.
Mr Robert Simpson, ARCO, followed
him at the Cathedral. ‘Bob’ Simpson
had an influence on schoolboy Harry
Grindle who recalls in his ‘Reprise’ that
when he was a pupil at Regent House
Mr Simpson, the music teacher, ‘with his
winning personality and engaging sense
of humour was able to draw fine singing’
from the upper-school choir. In 1933 Mr
Simpson left for St Columba’s, Knock
and from there, in 1940, to Stranmillis
teacher training college as lecturer. He
was succeeded at St Columba’s by the
writer’s father Mr Stanley Clegg, ARCO,
where at that time the rector was Canon
(later Archdeacon) Ronnie Olden. The
vacancy in the Cathedral was filled by
Samuel Croft who came from St Silas’.
Mr Croft, a mapper in the Land Registry,
held the post for nine years until he left
in 1942. A daughter, Mary, who married
past-chorister Bobby McLean, was a
highly respected school music-teacher.
Croft’s musicianship and kindly Christian
character were fondly remembered.
Congratulations to Dean John and Helen, who were
40 years married in June! Following the service on
June 19, Dean’s Vicar the Rev Mark Niblock said a
few words and everyone enjoyed a special ruby
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Marion Gibson and Barbara Callender
Doris Hempton and Patricia McKinley
Jean Cunning and Terry Pateman
Alan Martin and Phyllis Forster
Doris Hempton and Patricia McKinley
7th Phyllis Forster and Terry Pateman
14th Barbara Callender and Marion Gibson
21st Alan Martin and Phyllis Forster
28th Jean Cunning and Doris Hempton
Anyone wishing to add their name to the Cathedral Flower Rota should
contact Margaret Massey on 028 9084 8051.
As a visitor to Northern Ireland I would
like to congratulate the Dean and music
staff of the Cathedral on all the effort that
is being put into the daily choral
evensongs and the standard reached.
Speaking as a church musician in
England, I have been watching this progress
over the past few years, but
am saddened by the lack of attendance
at this service.
I went on a Wednesday, but was
dismayed to find only myself and my
93-year-old father, a regular Sunday
7th Hazel McCallister
14th Helen Mann
21st Patricia McKinley
28th Fiona Hawkins
Letter to the Editor...Letter to the Editor...Letter to
worshipper, in the congregation.
Together with seven others, I travel
around the British Isles on a
Wednesday visiting the Cathedrals and
find the service an oasis of spiritual
refreshment in the busyness of life.
Please may I ask your readership to
consider attending this service, which
lasts only 30 minutes, and to support not
only the Cathedral staff, but all the young
people who work so hard.
Daphne Hamilton, Guildford, Surrey.
A chance to remember
Dean’s Vicar, the Rev Mark Niblock, special music, poems, the lighting of
preached at a moving Saying Goodbye candles of remembrance and the ringing
service in St Anne’s on Sunday June 5. of hand bells for each lost child.
“It is good to take time to honour the
memory of lives that will always be
precious to us; it is good to gather in solidarity
with others whose journeys have
led them down a similar road to ours;
and, when we’re ready, it is good to allow
for a time for words: for speaking and for
listening,” Mark told the congregation.
The service was organised by the
Mariposa Trust and was for parents who
have lost a child during pregnancy, at
birth or in infancy.
It offered an opportunity
to remember that
child and ways for
families to mark their
losses if they chose.
Poignant features of
this service include
In his sermon Mark said: “This service
makes no claim to being an occasion for
‘healing’. But the prayer is that it might
be a conduit for experiencing comfort, reassurance,
grace and, ultimately, hope.”
He said that in the context of faith in
Christ, Jesus’ undeserved suffering,
endured with courage and dignity but in
complete isolation, yielded to the
celebration of the great Easter hope of
though strange and
for us much of the
time, teaches us that
genuine hope is never
a betrayal of the past,
or of lost loved ones.”
‘AND HE TOOK THEM IN HIS ARMS AND BLESSED THEM’
May 22 - John Anthony McCourt
June 5 - Cooper Bill Isaac
June 12 - Macy-Barbara Leigh Kennedy
June 12 - Jackson William John James Kennedy
June 12 - Lincoln-Kidd Kennedy
June 19 - Eden Kimberly Graham
June 19 - Lucas William Thomas McConnell
June 26 - Fletcher John King
‘GOD IS LOVE, AND THOSE WHO LIVE IN LOVE
LIVE IN GOD, AND GOD LIVES IN THEM’
June 4 - Fiona Margaret Parkinson and
Wesley Jonathon Adair
‘BLESSED ARE THE DEAD WHO DIE IN THE LORD’
June 10 - Anthony (Tony) Fleck
Cathedral Digest 17
Who’s Who in St Anne’s
The Very Revd John Mann
9032 8332 (Office)
9066 0980 (Home)
9032 8332 ext 226
The Revd Mark Niblock
(from Sunday May 8)
The Revd Campbell Dixon
9032 8332 ext 223
The Revd Janice Elsdon
9032 8332 ext 224
The Rt Revd Alan Harper
The Revd Clyde Irvine
The Revd Paul Twomey
Master of the Choristers
9032 8332 ext 225
Business Development and
Press Officer and Digest Editor
9032 8332 ext 221
9032 8332 ext 222
The Revd Janice Elsdon
Who’s Who in St Anne’s
Flower List & Coffee Rota
Friends of the Cathedral
Hon Treasurer / Members Sec
Past Choristers’ Association
Co-ordinator: Peter Hunter
The Revd SH Lowry (2013)
The Revd Michael Parker (2015)
The Revd Bro DJ Jardine (2007)
The Revd SA Fielding (2002)
The Revd NDJ Kirkpatrick (2014)
The Revd J Bell (2015)
The Revd R Smyth (2015)
The Revd S Richardson (2015)
The Revd Dr R Patterson (2012)
The Revd Ruth E Patterson (2014)
The Cathedral Board
Principal Cathedral Guide
The Cathedral Chapter
The Dean: The Very Revd JO Mann
Treasurer & Chapter Clerk: The Revd
Denise Acheson (2013)
Chancellor: The Venerable DA McClay
Precentor: The Venerable GTW
Canons of Connor:
The Revd NP Baylor (2012)
The Revd N R Cutcliffe (2007)
The Revd RW Jones (2013)
The Revd Mark Taylor (2016)
Canons of Down and Dromore
The Revd N Jardine (2002)
The Revd R Nesbitt (2003)
The Revd WD Humphries (2013)
The Dean (Chairman)
The Bishop of Connor
The Bishop of Down & Dromore
The Dean’s Vicar
The Archdeacons of Belfast and Down
The Rev C Dixon
The Rev J Elsdon
The Rev Canon R Jones
The Rev Canon Stephen Lowry
Mrs G McGaughey (Hon Sec)
Dr V KcKinley
Mr D Cromie
Mr J Watson
Mr M Hempton
Dr M Callender
Mr R Totten
Mr D Alexander
Mr MC Davey
Mr R Moore
Mr B Fletcher
Mr A Reilly
Cathedral Digest 19
THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST ANNE
8.00am & 10.00am
Monday to Saturday
Sunday July 3 @ 3pm
Tuesday July 5 @ 1.15pm
Thursday July 14 @ 1pm
July 19 & 20 @ 5.30pm
Sunday July 31 @ 11am
Sunday July 31 @ 12.30pm
Sunday August 28 @ 11am
Special Services and Events
Prayers (Eucharist on Wednesdays and
Saints’ Days and other Holy Days)
Service to commemorate the 100th
anniversary of the Battle of the Somme
Free lunchtime concert by Princeton
Girlchoir from New Jersey
Launch of Souls of the Slain art exhibition
by Eve Parnell
Evensong - Academia Musica (Hereford)
Eucharist - Yorkshire Philharmonic
Concert by the Yorkshire Philharmonic
Eucharist - Selwyn Singers (ex singers of
Selwyn College, Cambridge)
Details of other visiting choirs will be posted on the website.
A circus performer wows the audience at the WelcomeFest on June 23. See page 13 for full story.
For further information visit www.belfastcathedral.org