New Chapter Begins in Celbridge and Straffan with Newcastle–Lyons as Revd Stephen Neill is Instituted

By Lynn Glanville

Celbridge Institution

Celbridge and Straffan with Newcastle–Lyons began a new chapter last night (Thursday February 12) as parishioners welcomed their new Rector. The Revd Stephen Neill was instituted as Incumbent by the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson in Christ Church, Celbridge.

Members of all three churches turned out in force to ensure a warm welcome for Mr Neill, his wife Nicola and their son Aaron. They were joined by many former parishioners from the Cloughjordan and Borrisokane Group. Many clergy from Dublin and Glendalough were in attendance along with Archbishop John Neill, former Archbishop of Dublin and his wife Betty, Stephen’s parents.

The sermon was preached by the Bishop of Cork, the Rt Revd Paul Colton, who told the parishioners that they had “got a good one”. Drawing on the words of the Gospel (John 4: 31–38) “But I tell you,
look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting”, he said their new Rector was faithful in ministry and had his eyes open and was not afraid to say what he saw and respond to it.

The Bishop observed that the area around Celbridge had experienced a population explosion in recent years. What had once …read more

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