The Rev Carol Hennessy was priested on Sunday 6th September, 2020, by Bishop Pat Storey, in Trim. She was ordained as a deacon in September 2019.
- Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Originally from Dublin and grew up in Howth and went to Howth parish church, Co. Dublin. I was educated at Alexandra School and College. After College I worked in Administration in the Rotunda Hospital. I am married to Bill, who is retired, and we live in Athy, Co. Kildare. I have five adult children, one of my daughter’s was diagnosed with Rubella and lives independently in Peacehaven, which is sheltered accommodation in Greystones, Co. Wicklow. In my spare time I like to go walking, read, and also listen to music. Bill and I have always loved travel and seen many places in Europe, Canada and Australia. We have a caravan which gives us great freedom and relaxation.
- What is your home parish and what involvement do you have in it (or the dioceses)?
Monasterevin is my home parish. That is where I assisted the archdeacon Leslie Stevenson in the Portarlington Union with services during the four years I was there, as a Lay Reader and was on a rota for vacancies or holiday duties in the dioceses. I was a Select Vestry member, also they have a ‘Tuesday Club’ which my husband and I went to each month which was a wonderful way to communicate with people who are retired or widowed to socialise and pastorally looked after each other. I am a member of Newbridge Mothers Union and prior to that I was involved with Howth and Zion Mothers Union, since the early 1970s.
- Can you tell us a little about your journey in ordination?
My journey for vocation was when I was a child in Howth Parish, as I was always involved in my Church and Sunday School, but was not able to fulfil my interest until my family were educated. About four years ago archdeacon Leslie Stevenson mentioned the Ordained Local Ministry course. My thoughts again returned to the possibility of ordination – these thoughts had never really gone away, as God kept whispering in my ear! As a youngster, I used to spend most of my summer holidays down the country, with my uncle, the Very Reverend R.C. Turkington, who was Dean in Kilmore. I was fascinated watching my uncle working on sermons, and preparing services, but I had to be incredibly quiet! At my Ordination as a Deacon I wore his black preaching scarf which brought back memories of him. My placement after Ordination was to Geashill and Killeagh in Co. Offaly ,which I really enjoyed both pastoral and spiritually. Unfortunately the pandemic came which was difficult for ministry and then the parishes had a new appointment, the Reverend Fran Grasham in April.
- How will you be exercising your ministry in the near future and what are you looking forward to?
My placement now is in Naas Union as the curate under the Reverend Philip Heak. As ministry has changed since the world developed Covid-19 it has been challenging with services going online through Zoom and Facetime and then a limited congregation. This has been for me was difficult as I have not seen all the parishioners but I shall look forward to meeting them whether in nursing homes, hospitals or home visiting when we are allowed. I shall be delighted when we can sing again as it is a wonderful way of praising God, and also with the help of the Holy Spirit and his guidance and prayer will give me God’s grace to serve, to teach by word and example.
‘For surely I know the plans I have for you’, says the Lord, ‘plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.’ Jeremiah 29:11