Over this past year the dioceses of Meath and Kildare, along with Dublin and Glendalough, jointly ran a Certificate Course for ‘Pastoral Care Visiting Assistants’. A special service took place in St Peter’s Church in Dunboyne on 30th April. During the service those who completed the course were presented with their certificates.
The service was led by Rev Eugene Griffin (rector of Dunboyne, who also preached. Certificates were presented by Archbishop Michael Jackson and Bishop Pat Storey. Those who received certificates were joined by family and friends. After the service there was reception in the adjoining Oaks Centre.
The course was facilitated by Archdeacon Isaac Hanna, who has a training background in the Church Army. It will equip those who participated to assist local rectors with pastoral visiting.
Bishop Pat Storey congratulated those who had undertaken the course. She said, “We are grateful for the commitment of everyone who has undertaken this training for an important part of parish life. We also appreciate the quality of training provided by Archdeacon Isaac Hanna.”
Mieke Scholte, Valerie Byrne and Shane Bennett all successfully completed the course and received certificates.