Clergy & Leadership
The Rev. Elizabeth (Liz) Beasley has been the Rector of the Adare and Kilmallock Group since July 2014. Originally from Virginia and Maryland in the United States, she was ordained in the Episcopal Church in the USA as a deacon in 1998 and a priest in 1999. Before coming to the Church of Ireland, she served in the Diocese of Hawaii, first as a parish priest and most recently as Canon to the Ordinary (Executive Officer to the Bishop). This is not Liz’s first stint living in Ireland: she originally lived here in the early 1980s. She and her husband, Kirk, live in Adare.
The Adare and Kilmallock Group of Parishes has two Select Vestries (governing boards). One serves the Adare, Croom, and Kilpeacon union of churches; the other serves Kilmallock. Each Select Vestry is made up of lay members elected by their respective congregations. In the polity of the church, the Rector is responsible for the spiritual affairs of the parish, and the Select Vestry looks after the temporal affairs (financial and property). In practice, it works best if Rector and Vestry work together on the entire ministry of the church.
Laypeople especially chosen and trained for the responsibility help in leading worship in the parishes, especially because the Rector cannot be in all four congregations each week. The Adare and Kilmallock Group currently has four Lay Readers. Two are Diocesan Readers: people who have received training and been commissioned to be able to serve at any congregation in the Diocese. These are Stanley Wallace and Barbara Bingham. The other two are Parish Readers: people who can serve any of the congregations in the Group but not elsewhere in the Diocese. These are Dorothy Brislane, normally serving in Kilpeacon, and Phoebe Barrett, normally serving in Kilmallock.
Diocesan Readers can wear a blue scarf, as in the photo above. From left to right: Phoebe Barrett, John Jarvis from St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick, Barbara Bingham, Stanley Wallace, Dorothy Brislane, and Ann Gill, a former Parish Reader of this Group.