Annual Pentecost (Whitsunday) Interdenominational Open-Air Service on Devenish Island
Annual Pentecost (Whitsunday) Interdenominational Open-Air Service on Devenish Island

On the afternoon of Sunday 12th June 2011 at 3.00pm, the Day of Pentecost, the annual open-air service which has customarily been led by both Bishops of Clogher took place this year on the historic site of Devenish Island in Lower Lough Erne. This will be the first time that the service took place on Devenish Island, a site of substantial importance for the early Christian Church in this region. This was also be a significant year for the service, as it was the first time in which the two previous Bishops of Clogher, the Most Revd Dr Joseph Duffy and the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson were not leading the service, having pioneered it in the past to something that has become an annual event. Since last year's service Bishop Duffy has retired and Bishop Jackson has translated to the position of Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough. Therefore it was the first occasion for the new Roman Catholic Bishop of Clogher, the Most Revd Liam MacDaid to lead the service, and the Very Revd Kenneth Hall, Dean of Clogher and Rector of Enniskillen Cathedral Parish joined with Bishop MacDaid to lead this special Pentecost service on Devenish Island.

U-Tube link (supplied by Michael Fisher)

Pilgrims from the Church of Ireland and Catholic dioceses of Clogher made the journey across to Devenish Island near Enniskillen Co.Fermanagh for the annual ecumenical service. Dean Kenneth Hall led the prayers at the visitor centre & Bishop Liam MacDaid reflected on Pentecost. 12-06-11. Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson (formerly +Clogher) sent greetings via text message!

Date: June 2011