Christ Church: New Dean Appointed

Christ Church Cathedral Dublin webeditor at
Tue Feb 26 01:46:33 GMT 2008

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Archbishop John Neill has appointed the Venerable Dermot
Dunne, archdeacon of Ferns as the new dean of Christ Church
to succeed Dean Harman who died in December. Archdeacon
Dunne served as dean’s vicar at the cathedral under Dean
John Paterson from 1999 to 2001.

The Venerable Dermot Dunne was born in 1959 and was educated
in the Pontifical University in Maynooth where he graduated with
diplomas in Philosophy in 1980 and Theology in 1983. He was
ordained a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church in 1983 and priest
in 1984, going on to serve in various capacities, and returning to
lay life in 1995. He was licensed as a Church of Ireland priest in
1998 after study in the Church of Ireland Theological College and
served as dean’s vicar at Christ Church. Since 2001 he has been
rector of the Crosspatrick Group of Parishes in the diocese of Ferns,
part of the united dioceses of Cashel and Ossory. In 2007, he was
appointed archdeacon of Ferns and warden of the Cashel and Ossory
Guild of Lay Readers. He also holds a certificate in Psychotherapy
from the Chiron Centre for Integrative Psychotherapy, London, and
in 2004 graduated with a BA from Dublin City University.

Archdeacon Dunne is married to Celia (née Burl), who also trained
as a psychotherapist in the Chiron Centre and now practices as a
therapist in Tinahealy. He will be the thirty-fifth dean of Christ Church
since 1539, when the last Augustinian prior, Robert Paynswick was
made dean under reforms initiated by King Henry VIII.

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