Diocese of Down and Connor statement on installation of Father Edward O’Donnell as honorary Ecumenical Canon is Saint Anne’s Cathedral

25 Sep 2016

This afternoon, during the celebration of Evensong, Fr Edward O’Donnell was installed as an honorary Ecumenical Canon in St Anne’s Cathedral following his election by the Cathedral Chapter and the Dean of Belfast, Very Rev John Mann.

The Diocese of Down and Connor expresses sincere appreciation to St Anne’s Cathedral Chapter and the Dean for this symbolic gesture of communion which demonstrates an ongoing commitment to work together for peace and reconciliation, building bridges across a divided community.

The Diocese of Down and Connor congratulates Fr O’Donnell on his installation which recognises his personal contribution to ecumenical engagement over many years of ministry and the fraternal friendship extended by the clergy and parishioners of St Anne’s Cathedral to Fr O’Donnell, St Brigid’s Parish and the Diocese of Down and Connor.

Building upon the strong associations between the Church of Ireland and the Catholic Church, visibly manifested in the 1998 joint partnership between St Peter’s Cathedral and St Anne’s Cathedral, this historic appointment strengthens further our common mission to witness to Christ and the promotion of reconciliation, peace and unity.