Institution to Kells Union of Parishes

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A large congregation from across the community gathered for the Institution of Rev William Seale to Kells Union of Parishes, at 8pm on 3rd Oct 2014, in St Columb’s Church

As we welcome William to our diocese let’s find out a little more about him …

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny, from a farming background. I have two brithers and my home parish was Fertagh Parish. I am married to Elizabeth, a music teacher & organist.

What where you doing before Ordination?
I studied Archaeology & Greek & Roman Civilisation.

What led you to get ordained?
A gradual sense of God’s call to service.

What here you doing just prior to your new appointment?
I was Rector of Drumragh ( Omagh ) with Mountfield, in Derry Diocese.

What are you looking forward to about your new move … or nervous about?
Getting back to basics as a pastor: spending time with and identifying with people, and in so doing helping them grow closer to the Lord.

Trust in one’s minister is very important & I hope that the parishioners of Kells & Donaghpatrick will discover a confidential listening ear. When one has been in a parish for quite some time complacent and security can set in – I do hope that this never happens to me! So, going into a new cultural situation and learning new skills will be refreshing and challenging.

I am also looking forward to being a part of a much smaller diocesan team. This should be interesting, as I feel that my pastoral skills would be of benefit in that area.


The historic significance of Kells & Donaghpatrick intrigues me as I find it challenging that I am to inherit the leadership of such a long heritage. As such the Church of Ireland presence can have a high profile, welcoming to the whole community, but true to our tradition. Although our numbers are small, like the mustard seed, we can have growth in confidence, faith and love.