Kilkenny Bishop to embark on whistle-stop 'Route 66' tour of diocese

He will do a short sermon at each venue, focusing on empowerment of women through literacy

Sam Matthews

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ROUTE 66

Bishop Michael Burrows with Phyllis Grothier, All-Ireland President of the Mothers’ Union and the Reverend Margaret Sykes, Diocesan President of MU at Carlow Museum

The Church of Ireland Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory Michael Burrows will be embarking on a rapid road tour beginning on Wednesday, September 13.

Visiting over 66-plus church and schools during his whistle-stop tour, he will present a short sermon outside each chosen venue. Each 5-minute reflection will be based on a text from one of the 66 books of the Bible and will focus on the empowerment of women through literacy.

All money raised will go to Mothers’ Union and Feed The Minds women’s literacy projects in Ethiopia and the Congo via the Bishops’ Appeal Fund.

Bishop Burrows undertakes what he calls ‘peregrinations’ every two years and previous events have included his one-day rapid rail trip ‘Stations at the Stations’, a cross-county vintage vehicle event and a church organ playing marathon across the Diocese that encompasses seven counties – Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow.

“This is a journey, through all the books of the Bible, with an emphasis on what is often hidden – the presence and the role of women,” the Bishop says.

“The tour is about getting out and about in the Diocese, reminding ourselves of how well off we are really, highlighting the value of education and the particular importance of educating women – as many have said ‘when you educate a woman you educate a family’.

Particularly in the developing world, it is women who share the benefits of their education with their families, who work effectively for equality and opportunity and who together hasten the breaking in of the Kingdom of God.

In this journey not only do we consider the gifts and potential of women as humans sharing the image of God, we also explore feminine imagery surrounding the divine.”

Route 66 will take place September 13 - 29 2017. Approximately 10 venues will be visited on each of seven days during that time.