Dec 24 2021

Bishop Andrew’s Christs Message 2021

Recently, at the Joint Emergency Services Carol Service in St Columb’s Cathedral, we gave thanks for the paramedics, firefighters, police officers and Foyle Search and Rescue volunteers who work so hard to keep us safe. The omicron variant was already loose in the community, and some felt deflated or worried, even frightened. Suddenly, though, as…

Dec 19 2021

Lifeline for Christ Church Londonderry from Treasure Island Project

One of Derry-Londonderry’s most historic churches, Christ Church Londonderry, has been awarded a £10,000 grant by the National Churches Trust as part of the Treasure Ireland project. It coincides with the announcement of a new collaboration between Ulster University, the Inner City Trust, St Eugene’s Cathedral and Christ Church which will offer greater access to…

Dec 14 2021

New Cathedral Youth Club “a joy to behold” says Dean

The Education Minister, Michelle McIlveen, was among political, community and religious leaders who gathered in the Fountain Estate in Londonderry on Tuesday 14th December for the official opening of the newly refurbished and extended Cathedral Youth Club.  The Dean of Derry, Very Rev Raymond Stewart, said the modern, state-of-the-art premises was “a joy to behold”….

Dec 13 2021

Emergency Services acknowledged at Carol Service in St Columb’s Cathedral

Leaders of the four main Christian Churches in Londonderry came together on Monday evening, 13th December, for St Columb’s Cathedral’s traditional Emergency Services Carol Service and a Service of Thanksgiving and Praise for the Emergency Services. The service was led by the Dean of Derry, Very Rev Raymond Stewart, who was assisted by the Cathedral’s…

Dec 13 2021

Charity begins at home for St Canice’s parishioners

Five local charities have benefitted from sales at St Canice’s Parish Church’s thrift shop, New Beginnings. The groups – which were chosen on a cross-community basis – were Foyle Search and Rescue, Londonderry Orphans Society, St Vincent de Paul, North West Community First Responders and Foyle Women’s Aid.  The current New Beginnings premises opened last…

Dec 12 2021

New Rector appointed for Desertmartin

The parishioners of Desertmartin and Termoneeny learned on Sunday 12th December that a new rector had been appointed for their parishes. Rev Philip Benson – a Bangor man – will be instituted on Friday 25th February, and will succeed Rev Mike Dornan who retired in October 2020. The appointment was announced at this morning’s services…

Dec 07 2021

Columba 1500 Service

The Archbishop of Armagh, Most Rev’d John McDowell, was in Raphoe on Tuesday evening (7th December, 2021) to preach at a Service of Choral Evensong in St Eunan’s Cathedral which celebrated the 1,500th anniversary of the birth of St Columba. The Service, which was led by the Rural Dean for Raphoe, Rev Canon David Crooks,…

Nov 27 2021

Global Day Service

Members of Derry and Raphoe Mothers’ Union heard graphic accounts illustrating the extent and impact of domestic abuse when they attended a special ‘Global Day Service’ in St Columb’s Cathedral on Saturday 27th November, 2021. The service was held in support of the organisation’s ‘No more 1-in-3’ campaign, which this year has focused on gender-based…

Nov 14 2021

Remembrance Sunday 2021

Local church leaders gathered with hundreds of people at the War Memorial in the centre of Londonderry on Sunday morning, 14th November 2021, for a Remembrance Sunday service. The attendance was well up on last year’s, at which numbers were badly affected by restrictions introduced to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Among those who…

Nov 10 2021

Freedom Event for Young People

Bishop Andrew was the guest speaker at the second ‘Freedom’ event for young people in the North West, which took place in Richill Baptist Church in Londonderry on Saturday 13th November 2021. The bible teaching event, which will be gathering on the second Saturday of each month, began in October. It aims to build a…