Christ Church: Funeral of Dean Desmond Harman

Christ Church Cathedral Dublin webeditor at
Thu Dec 20 13:17:29 GMT 2007

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The funeral service for the Very Reverend Desmond Harman,
dean of Christ Church will take place tomorrow, Friday 21
December 2007 at 11.00am in the cathedral. The archbishop
of Dublin, the Most Reverend Dr John Neill, will preside at the
eucharist, at which the preacher will be the Venerable Edgar Swann.
The cathedral choir will sing Duruflé's 'Requiem'. The burial service
afterwards will be private. A book of condolences has been opened
at the west end of the cathedral.

The dean died unexpectedly in hospital on the morning of Tuesday 18
December where he was receiving treatment after a heart operation.
The archbishop sent deepest sympathies and condolences on his 'own
behalf and on behalf of the clergy and people of the Dioceses of Dublin
and Glendalough', to Sue Harman and their three children, saying that
'the loss of a loving husband and father will be profound, all the more
so, so close to Christmas'. He described Dean Harman’s death as 'a
huge loss to the Dioceses and the Church as a whole', having served
in ministry for over forty years and said he would be remembered as
'a gentle and caring pastor.'

Dean Harman was born in 1941, educated at Sligo Grammar School,
Trinity College Dublin, and ordained in 1967. He served as curate of
Taney, rector of Santry and Glasnevin (1973-86), rector of Sandford
and Milltown (1986-2004), canon of Christ Church (1991-2002), treasurer
(2002-4), and dean with the incumbency of the Christ Church Cathedral
Group of parishes (2004-7). He was the driving force behind the Bishop's
Appeal, editor of the Dublin & Glendalough 'Church Review', and the
Church of Ireland contact for the Porvoo Communion. Respected and
trusted by colleagues, he was elected an Honorary Secretary of the
General Synod in 1999.

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