By Dan Walsh
Former Teachta Dála, Leader of the Green Party and Minister of State for Food and Horticulture Rev. Trevor Sargent, is the new Rector of Bunclody Union of Parishes.
Rev. Sargent will be instituted to the incumbency of Bunclody Union of Parishes in the Church of Ireland Diocese of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory on Friday night.
The service will be led by The Right Reverend Michael Burrows, Bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory and the preacher will be The Very Rev. Maria Jansson, Dean of Waterford Union of Parishes where Trevor has served as curate assistant for almost three years.
Welcoming his appointment Bishop Burrows said: “Trevor’s unique journey from the life of a TD to that of a parish rector gives him a rare palette of experiences. Above all he is profoundly aware that service lies at the heart of all Ministry, whether in church or politics. The people of Bunclody will be much enriched by his passion for service, by his deep interest in people and by his firm conviction that essential to Christian mission is the obligation to safeguard creation and to sustain and renew the life of the earth.”
Mr. Sargent was ordained priest in Christ Church Cathedral Waterford in August 2018 and prior to that assisted in the Tullow Group of Parishes where he was ordained deacon in Shillelagh parish church in 2017.
Rev. Sargent, a native of Ashbourne, Co. Meath, is a former Green Party politician who served as Minister of State for Food and Horticulture from 2007 to 2010 and Leader of the Green Party from 2001 to 2007. He served as a Teachta Dála for the Dublin North constituency from 1992 to 2011.
The special ceremony on Friday night will take place via the web conferencing platform Zoom before 200 invited online guests.