Worshippers from the five different churches that comprise the Moville Group gathered in Donagh Church in Carndonagh, on Sunday morning to celebrate the Ascension and to bid farewell to the departing Bishop’s Curate for the north Inishowen parishes, Rev Suzanne Cousins.
Revd Cousins will be instituted as Rector of the Parochial Group of Clonfeacle, Derrygortreavy and Eglish in Benburb on Tuesday evening.
This morning she led her congregation in prayers for clergy who will fill in during the vacancy. They prayed, too, for the Rt Rev Ken Good and his wife Mary (following the former’s retirement as Bishop of Derry and Raphoe), and for the Archdeacon of Derry, Ven Robert Miller, who will oversee the Diocese for a period after being appointed Archbishop’s Commissary.
Children played a big part in the service and Rev Cousins chose one of the day's hymns, 'Oh Jesus I Have Promised', specially for the youngsters. There was a surprise in store for children and adults alike when Rev Cousins’ pet dog, Molly, joined them near the end of Sunday’s service. Molly – who was impeccably behaved throughout her short visit – was brought in on a lead by the curate’s husband, Alan.
After the service, parishioners travelled to Donagh National School for refreshments and to make a series of presentations to Rev Cousins as tokens of their appreciation for her ministry. Pupils from the school – who had written farewell messages to Rev Cousins on a whiteboard – made their own presentations.