Invitation to launch of Kildare Centre of Mission

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The Kildare Centre of Mission (KCOM) will be formally launched on Tuesday 17th October, 2.30pm, at a special Service of Dedication in St Brigid’s Cathedral, Kildare. 

The preacher will be the Chief Executive Officer of Church Army UK and Ireland, Ven Dr Peter Rouch.

The work of the KCOM began in September 2022 with the appointment of Rev Philip McKinley as Lead Evangelist. In April 2023, Kelley Bermingham was appointed as Pioneer Evangelist and in June 2023, Very Rev Isobel Jackson was appointed Dean of Kildare and Rector of Kildare and Newbridge Group of Parishes. 

The need for a Centre of Mission in the Diocese of Meath & Kildare arose from the 2018 Diocesan Strategic Review, undertaken by Church Army. It was also seen as complimenting the Meath and Kildare Diocesan Vision Statement; ‘Together in God’s love transforming lives’.

The aim of the KCOM is to establish an outreach/spiritual tourism presence at St Brigid’s Cathedral, Kildare. KCOM also serves a community that has high levels of need and significant population growth. 

The ultimate vision of the KCOM is to see community transformation through effective outreach. This is done through a mutual relationship of sharing between Church Army and the Diocese of Meath and Kildare. It also seeks to creatively and effectively share faith in words and actions to the community of Kildare and surrounding areas. It reaches out to the many spiritual tourists who visit St Brigid’s Cathedral, Kildare on an annual basis particularly focusing on the years 2023-24 which marks the 1500th anniversary of St Brigid’s death. 

KCOM also plans to deliver a range of community outreach initiatives, programmes and pioneer contextually appropriate Church, for all ages that enables people’s faith journey. It seeks to grow the inherited church community so that their communal life both deepens their faith in Christ and meets the needs of those who do not currently attend church. 

Bishop Pat Storey has acted as a strong advocate for the development of the KCOM and the diocesan partnership with Church Army, having taken a very hands-on approach to commissioning the diocesan review. 

All are warmly welcome to attend the Service of Dedication and to learn more about the work of the KCOM in St Brigid’s Cathedral, Kildare.