The Church of Ireland diocese of Derry and Raphoe has appointed a new Dean of Raphoe Cathedral. Canon Arthur Barrett will take up his new post in the next few months. As well as being Dean of Raphoe he will be Rector of the parishes of Raphoe, Raymochy and Clonleigh.
Canon Barrett is currently Rector of Rossory Parish, near Enniskillen, in Clogher diocese. Ordained in 1997 he began his ministry with a curacy in Seagoe Parish, Portadown. He has since serve as Rector in parishes in Dublin and Co Sligo.
Bishop Ken Good spoke of the appointment saying, “I am very pleased with this news. Arthur will bring to the Cathedral as well as to the Diocese of Raphoe rich experience of parish ministry. He knows how to work well with people and his gifts are well suited to our diocesan vision of Transforming Community Radiating Christ.”
Reflecting on his new role Canon Barrett said, “I am looking forward to working with the Cathedral Chapter and clergy in the Diocese, and getting to know the parishioners in the Raphoe Group. I truly believe that God is calling us to this new, and unexpected, sphere of ministry, and trust that He will lead us and guide us along this new path.”
Prior to ordination Arthur spent 15 years in business, being Managing Director of a company before beginning his theological training. He is married to Brigid and they have three children, Charlie, Nathan and Lucy.
In his spare time Arthur enjoys Motor sports, spending time with his family and walking the dog.
St Eunan’s Cathedral (also known as Raphoe Cathedral) is one of two cathedral churches of the United dioceses pf Derry and Raphoe in the Church of Ireland. It is located in Raphoe, Co Donegal and is dedicated to Saint Eunan who was abbot of Iona (679–704). The other diocesan cathedral is St Columb’s Cathedral in Londonderry.
A date for the Installation Service will be announced shortly.