2017 Joint Ecumenical Service on Day of Pentecost


On the afternoon of Sunday 4 June 2017 at 3pm, the Day of Pentecost, the annual ecumenical service that has customarily been led by both Bishops of Clogher will take place this year at St Sillian's Church, Tyholland, Co Monaghan, followed by refreshments in the Tyholland Community Centre.

The Church of Ireland Bishop of Clogher, the Rt Revd John McDowell, and the Rt Revd Monsignor Joseph McGuinness, Roman Catholic Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Clogher, will lead this special annual service, together with local clergy. The address will be given by the Most Revd Noel Treanor, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Down and Connor, who is a native of Tyholland. During the service two young people will give their reflections on Pentecost, and the singing will be led by musicians from the local area.

The origins of the Christian community of Tyholland can be traced to the fifth century, the time of St Patrick. Scholars of the period and of Irish saints point to an account in the Tripartite Life of St Patrick in which they tell us: Patrick came to Teach Talain, now Tehallan [or Tyholland], where he left a bishop named Cillan and other followers'. (O Riain, Dictionary of Irish Saints, 2011). The present church of St Sillian's dates from the late 1700s.

The Day of Pentecost marks the end of the fifty-day season of Easter. Moreover, it marks the descent of the Holy Spirit in the upper room and the beginning of apostolic preaching, thus marking a defining moment in the origin of the Christian Church. Christian associations with the feast begin with Acts of the Apostles 2: 1-45.

A warm invitation is extended to all to join in this occasion.

The view from St Sillian's Church Tyholland.