Move to elect new Bishop of Cashel and Ossory

It was announced this week that the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr John Neill has convened an Episcopal Electoral College to meet on Friday, March 31, in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, to elect a new Bishop of Cashel and Ossory (which includes the dioceses of Cashel, Waterford and Lismore, with Ossory, Ferns and Leighlin).

The see has been vacant since the resignation of the Rt Revd Peter Barrett on January 25. The members of the college have already been informed by post.

The Episcopal Electoral College consists of the Archbishop of Dublin, who will preside, three other Bishops of the Church of Ireland and 48 Clerical and Lay representatives from Cashel and Ossory and other Dioceses in the Southern Province.

The college may elect a current Bishop, or a Priest (male or female) over 30 years of age to the vacant see. To be elected, a nominee must receive the votes of at least two thirds of the clergy present and voting and two thirds of the laity present and voting (Archbishops and/or Bishops, if they desire to vote, do so as clergy for these purposes).

If the college is unable to reach a decision, the appointment will pass to the House of Bishops.

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