The functioning of any church depends on the working together of a number of dedicated staff and voluntary helpers. Our church is no exception and although the clergy are the most prominent, there are many more people who are not so visible but whose hard work is vital in maintaining the building and organising our activities. So meet the team!
The Dean: The Very Rev. Kenneth R J Hall, M. Phil.
Kenneth has been our Rector and Dean of the Diocese of Clogher since 2010. With his excellent sense of humour, affability and sound Christian teaching, he has proved to be a most worthy pastor. When he joined us, little did he expect that before long he would play host to Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh! He has also welcomed other prominent people including HRH the Duke of Kent, former First Minister of the Northern Ireland Assembly Peter Robinson, the present First Minister Arlene Foster, Irish President Michael D. Higgins, and (several times) the Taoiseach of Dáil Éireann (the Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny.
Curate: The Rev. Olivia Downey M.Th. Ollie has been with us since 2015, (though earlier served in the cathedral for ten weeks on student placement) and splits her responsibilities between the two (yes, two!) cathedrals in our diocese. In a previous life, so to speak, she was a qualified cardiac nurse and worked in Chichester, West Sussex and the Belfast City Hospital. She has an infectious sense of humour and claims to have had more water pistols taken off her than most people have ever seen!
The Church Secretary: Mrs Beth Rennick Beth manages to squeeze an enormous amount of work into five morning sessions per week - her duties are something akin to keeping several balls in the air at the same time! She has been in the position since 2001 and is a friendly face of the church to all who visit the office.
Diocesan Pastoral Assistant : Mr Will Stevenson Will was appointed to the post of Diocesan Pastoral Assistant in 2011. His rôle is largely to carry out pastoral visits with all parishioners on a regular basis - a mammoth task, what with well over one thousand families on our books. He is the means of maintainng contact with those who various reasons no longer or rarely attend services.
The Verger: Mr Jack Watson Jack has held the position since March 1962 and has worked under five Rectors, four of whom have also been Deans of Clogher. His duties include ceremonially preceding the religious participants in special services as they move about the church, cleaning both the inside of the cathedral and the external approaches and having the building ready for acts of worship. A conservative estimate indicates that Jack would have prepared the cathedral for at least eight and a half thousand acts of worship, over 300 weddings and around 1200 funerals.
He is also one of our three Lay Readers.
The Director of Music and Organist: Mr Glenn Moore Glenn was appointed in October 2012, having been the organist and choirmaster at Ardess Parish Church, his home parish, for eighteen years. He is an enormously talented musician who has given organ recitals at numerous churches throughout the Diocese of Clogher and beyond. He has been Diocesan Secretary of the Diocese of Clogher for twelve years and is actively involved in diocesan and central church affairs.
The Assistant Director of Music: Ms Jayne Haslett
Jayne was appointed at the same time as Glenn. Originally from Londonderry, she has been a teacher in Enniskillen Model School since 2009. Having a stunningly beautiful singing voice, She has performed as a lead in some of the productions by Enniskillen Light Opera. We are especially blessed to have her because she is, in truth, a Presbyterian!
The Glebewardens: - Messrs. George Irvine (left) and Jim Nixon
The Churchwardens: -Messrs. Jonathan (Jonny) Woods (left) and Noel Johnston.
The Lay Readers: (from left) Messrs Jack Watson, Jim Kerr and Karl Saunders
The Honorary Secretary of the Select Vestry: Mr Sam Morrow Sam has been in this position for twenty-seven years. Originally from Clabby, he attended Portora Royal School and graduated from Queen's University Belfast with a degree in Agriculture. He rose to become County Agricultural Executive Officer in 1977. Before retiring in 1996 he had also served as the Principal of Enniskillen College of Agriculture. A keen historian, he has written and published three books, two of which dealt with church history. He has been a member of St Macartin’s Select Vestry since 1968 and has been its Honorary Secretary since 1989. He served as Rector’s Church warden for four years, Rector’s Glebewarden for six years and was High Sheriff for County Fermanagh in 1986.
Noel was also appointed to this position at the annual Easter Vestry meeting in 2016. He is originally from Florencecourt and has been a Cathedral member since 2007. He is married to Jenifer, herself a former churchwarden. They have two children, Emma (18) and James (16) and live in Enniskillen.
Jonny was appointed to this position at the annual Easter Vestry meeting in 2016. He lives in Lisbellaw with his wife, Rosemary and their two daughters.
Like George, Jim fulfils the function as Glebewarden so well that he too has been re-elected several times.
George (Irvine) has been a constantly re-elected Glebewarden for many years. He is highly valued church member who works enthusiastically in service to the congregation so quietly and unobtrusively that few realise how heavily involved he is. For a long time he was a very popular scout leader.
The Honorary Treasurer: Mrs Hope Kerr Hope Kerr is well known to St Macartin's Cathedral parishioners as a member of the Select Vestry and Honorary Treasurer of the parish as well as a member of the parish Safeguarding Trust Team. She also serves the wider Church of Ireland as a member of General Synod, Clogher Diocesan Synod, Clogher Diocesan Council and is a member of the Northern Ireland Board of Education. She is also an enthusiastic and committed member of Enniskillen Soroptimist Club and is a recent Past President of the Club. The Secretary of State appointed her as High Sheriff of County Fermanagh for the year 2015.
As a member of Select Vestry, Jim served with four incumbents in the parish. During his time on the Select Vestry he had served with distinction as an elected member on many committees and bodies of the Church of Ireland . These included the Diocesan Synod, the General Synod, Parochial Nominator, Diocesan Board of Education, the Northern Ireland Board of Education, Board of Governors of Portora Royal School and various missionary societies. He has been a Lay Reader since......
Jack's other rôle as Verger is outlined above. He has been a Diocesan Lay Reader for very many years.
Karl has been a lay reader for several years. Coming originally from England, he did not really have a church background but came to faith in Christ as an adult.
The Select Vestry: For the year 2016-2017, the members are: Raymond Campbell (Assistant Hon Secretary), Linda Corrigan, Jenifer Johnston, Ivan Kee, Hope Kerr (Hon Treasurer), Sam Morrow (Hon Secretary), David J Nixon, Ewan Richmond, Stephen Richmond, Brian Rutledge, Karl Saunders and Jack Spratt.
All the people cited on this page only form part of the picture. We are grateful also to the teams of campanologists (bell -ringers!), Sunday School teachers, parish guides, youth leaders and helpers who give there time and efforts completely voluntarily.
The Webmaster: Dr William Holmes Together with his wife Claire (an active church chorister), Willie has been a church member for 16 years. As well as maintaining the website, he can be found acting as a cathedral guide on Saturday afternoons in the summer months and stands in as relief projectionist when Ronnie is away. He has retired twice from the post of Consultant/Specialty Anaesthetist at the Erne and South West Acute Hospitals and retired for the last time in September 2016.
The Chief Projectionist: Ronnie Carson Ronnie and his wife Anne and family have been members for a very long time. Sunday by Sunday he projects the words of the hymns and other material onto the screens in the church. But there is a lot more to it than that, because he has to spend a lot of time working with the computer software in advance, so that the sequence used in each service runs smoothly and correctly. He also acts as sound engineer and cameraman - all told, a rather nerve-racking job! He is also the Youth Club leader and Scoutmaster.
Curate: Rev Chris Mac Bruithin MA(Hons), MA, TESOL, M Th
Chris was ordained to the Priesthood on Wednesday 7th September in our own Enniskillen Cathedral and immediately took up his post as our latest in a very long line of curates. Along with his wife Sarah and baby Noah Patrick (born 27th July 2016), they all took up residence in the Curatage within the Cathedral complex. (NB - Chris's surname is pronounced "McBreen")
Fuller profiles of our two Churchwardens can be read in the March "Cathedral News" - just click HERE