The Church of Ireland marks an important milestone this week, as the Dean of St Canice’s Cathedral Katharine Poulton celebrates the 25th anniversary of her ordination on Thursday.
The event is historically significant as Dean Poulton was the first woman to be ordained (as a Deacon) in the Church of Ireland in 1987. In 2010, she became the first ever female Dean of Ossory to be installed in St Canice’s Cathedral, when she succeeded the Very Revd Norman Lynas.
The appointment of female deans is still relatively new step for the church. In 2005, the Very Rev Susan Patterson became the first woman to be a dean (in Killala). Until earlier this year, when Rev Elaine Murray left for her new parish in Carrigaline, Kilkenny had the only all-female vicar-dean pairing in Ireland.
Dean Poulton will mark the occasion tomorrow evening (Thursday) with a choral evensong service in the cathedral at 7pm. All are welcome to attend the service and stay for light refreshments in the Lady Chapel.
The anniversary comes one week after the opening of Kilkenny’s new Church of Ireland diocesan office, which is located in the grounds of the old Bishop’s Palace, beside the Heritage Council headquarters.