Rectors exchange pulpits by taking part in mini pilgrimage


Revd Stephen McWhirter welcomes Revd Mark Gallagher to Rossorry Church after his walk from Trory.

A mini Lenten pilgrimage between Trory Parish Church and Rossorry Parish Church and return was undertaken in an unusual way today.

Revd Mark Gallagher, Rector of Trory and Killadeas parishes, walked from Trory Church to Rossorry Church in time to preside at the weekly Wednesday morning of Holy Communion.

Then around lunchtime, Revd Stephen McWhirter, Rector of Rossorry, got into his kayak and paddled from Portora Castle to Trory jetty via Devenish Island. Revd Stephen presented Revd Mark with small wooden crosses for each of his churches and rectory.

Revd Stephen then preached at the Killadeas Midweek Service on Wednesday evening.

The weather was dry for Revd Mark’s early morning walk and it was dry and calm for Revd Stephen’s canoe on Lower Lough Erne.

There was mutual acknowledgement from each of the rectors as they completed a simple yet symbolic gesture.

Revd Stephen McWhirter completes his canoe from Enniskillen at Trory jetty.


The two rectors at Trory jetty after completing their different mini pilgrimages.