Cashel’s first eucharistic minister was introduced to the Church of Ireland congregation at a service in the cathedral last Wednesday evening.
The final service for the Mothers Union was held in Cashel Cathedral to mark the end of the season and during the service Margaret Kingston was introduced as a Eucharistic minister, which allows her to take the consecrated elements of Holy Communion to the housebound, the hospitalised and to those unable to attend public worship.
Margaret remains a lay person, but she already has a ministry as Diocesan layreader and she reads the office of Morning Prayer and is licensed to preach already, but the latest development in her lay ministry enables her, after the Dean consecrates the elements (Bread and Wine) to administer the sacrament by extension. There is a special form of liturgy for this.
The Dean, in his address, congratulated Margaret and referred to Billy also as holy in their lay ministry which is enriching.
Dean Philip Knowles in his sixteen years in Cashel has appreciated the ministry of lay people and that of the retired clergy. Within the Cashel Cathedral Union of parishes, the Dean has created a team ministry consisting of Diocesan Readers Billy and Margaret Kingston, Peter Clifton-Brown,and retired priests, the Revs. Michael Nuttall, Bronwen Carling, Canon George Knowd and Vicar Iain Knox.
As Dean of the Cathedral and Rector of individual churches in Dundrum, Tipperary, Clonbeg (Glen of Aherlow) and Magorban (near Fethard) Dr. Knowles is glad of the gifts and assistance afforded to him by the team effort of priests and layreaders.