Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

'God's wobble' to be Canon

A Belfast clergyman once described as "God's wobble" is to become a Canon of St Anne's Cathedral.

Brother David Jardine, of the Society of St Francis, was described recently on the 40th anniversary of his ordination as "God's wobble - a Protestant monk" by the Dean of Belfast Dr Houston McKelvey.

The Dean has now announced that Brother David has been elected unanimously as a Canon by the clergy of the Cathedral Chapter.

Dr McKelvey said: "Historically it is a significant appointment.

"I think it's the first time since the Reformation that a monk has been a member of the Chapter of an Irish Cathedral.

"Brother David's contribution to the church and throughout the community has been quite unique, especially in reaching out to the needs of the

suffering."

It is thought that Brother Jardine, a Queen's University graduate, was the first person for many years to become a Franciscan, and he has served with the Order in England, New York and Belfast.

Dean McKelvey said: "He is no stranger to Belfast Cathedral, where he organised prayers for peace on many occasions, and he has been involved weekly in various expressions of the healing ministry of the church."

Brother Jardine works in association with Divine Healing Ministries and organises services in many venues in Belfast and elsewhere.

He will be installed as a Canon of the Cathedral at the start of the Advent Carol Service at 3.30pm on December 2.

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