THE Rector of Killarney Reverend Simon Lumby has been appointed the new archdeacon of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe with immediate effect.

Bishop Kenneth Kearon of Limerick & Killaloe (Church of Ireland) has made the announcement following the recent retirement of the Venerable Susan Watterson (Archdeacon of Limerick, Aghadoe & Ardfert and also Rector of Tralee).

The Venerable Simon said: “This is a substantial appointment and a great honour for the work of our church and indeed to the town of Killarney. I’m looking forward to serving the counties of Kerry and Limerick in this important ministry.”

Reverend Lumby’s installation as archdeacon will take place in St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, during evensong on Sunday, September 18.

Bishop Kenneth said he was delighted that Simon has agreed to undertake this important responsibility in the diocese. “He brings a wealth of experience to this role,” he said.

The Venerable Simon will have responsibility for overseeing the management of the Church of Ireland’s ministry in the counties of Kerry and Limerick. He will remain as Rector of Killarney. The Church of Ireland Diocese covers a large area including Kerry, Limerick, Clare and Tipperary North. Ven Simon’s role encompasses the ancient Dioceses of Ardfert, Aghadoe, Limerick and Emly.

The role of the Archdeacon is an ancient one dating from the 4th Century and which continues in the Anglican, Orthodox and Catholic traditions of the Christian Church. An Archdeacon has particular responsibility for buildings, including church buildings, the welfare of clergy and their families and the implementation of diocesan policy for the sake of the Gospel. The Archdeacon, as a senior member of staff, acts on behalf of the Bishop.

Above: New Archdeacon Simon Lumby.

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