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Letter from the Curate September 2023

It is with great anticipation for the journey ahead that I submit my first piece for Taney News as your new Curate. As I write, I am still at home in Athy trying to declutter and organise packing. It’s no small task as we’ve lived in our home for 24 years. As most of you will know from my time as Deacon with you, I live on the edge of what was my parents’ farm and is now my brother’s farm. My identity is rooted in a farming context, so I will be bringing a little bit of the countryside to my new context in the city. As a family, we are active parishioners in Athy Union and I have appreciated having the time off this Summer to return to my roots and worship in my home parish.

Dermot, Jamie, Ellen and Kate are also preparing to leave the familiarity of Athy and become parishioners in Taney. We are looking forward to moving into the Church Lodge in mid-September. As many parishioners may already know, Dermot works in the financial sector. Jamie and Ellen are about to enter 4th Year and 2nd Year in DCU and Trinity, respectively. Kate is commencing 5th Year and will finish her final two years in secondary school in Athy. As a family, we deeply appreciated the welcome we received in Taney during my Deacon Intern placement and we are looking forward to becoming immersed in the Parish.

My ordination to the Priesthood is on Sunday 24th September at 3.30pm in Christ Church Cathedral. I would love to see many familiar faces from Christ Church and St. Nahi’s at the service. It will be a special day for me and my family, so if you are free, please do come along and support us. I especially ask for your prayers as I prepare for the day itself and for my future in ministry with you in Taney Parish.

I look forward to serving God and each of you over the coming years and in the words of Saint Paul, to ‘… rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who are weeping.’ (Romans 12:15).

Rev’d Jane Burns

Curate Assistant