New part-time priest-in-charge takes up post in Geashill Union

Rev Fran Grasham has taken up her post as part-time priest-in-charge of Geashill Union.

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions her Service of Introduction took place virtually, by Zoom, at 4pm on Sunday 27th April. This was conducted by Bishop Pat Storey. Rev Fran Grasham was accompanied by her husband Steve. Also in attendance were: Karen Seaman (Diocesan Registrar), Archdeacon Leslie Stevenson and Canon Isaac Delamere (who looked after Geashill Union during the vacancy), Audrey and Wesley Colton as well as Mark and Pippa Hackett (as witnesses and representatives from Geashill Union).

Bishop Pat Storey said "We had to adapt to the restrictions on social distancing because of Covid -19, by holding the Service of Introduction virtually. Even though the parishioners of Geashill Union have not been able to hold a physical Service of Introduction the warmth of their welcome is just as real, as is Rev Fran's enthusiasm for ministry amongst them. We wish Fran well in her new ministry in Geashill Union."

Prior to taking up her new appointment Fran served as a Non-Stipendiary-Minister in the Kildare and Newbridge Group of Parishes and as Chaplain to the Irish Defence Forces.

Originally a primary school teacher she was previously a priest in the Church of England. Fran is married to Steve (CIYD Youth Ministry Development Officer for the South of Ireland). They have two children - Katherine (23) and Joseph (20).

Fran enjoys reading, knitting, the countryside and American crime drama.