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New Chaplain in CITI

New Chaplain in CITI

CITI is delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd David Bowles to the position of Chaplain in CITI.  David replaces the Revd Dr William Olhausen, who has served as Chaplain in CITI for a number of years, together with the Revd Lesley Robinson. In addition to offering pastoral support to students and staff, William and Lesley have been regular presiders and preachers in the college chapel. William has participated in the theological reflection programme, and has undertaken some teaching and supervision of dissertations. We are delighted that Lesley will be continuing as one of our chaplains, and David looks forward to working alongside her. (Chaplains – Church of Ireland Theological Institute)

David is originally from Blackrock, Co Dublin.  He is currently rector of Whitechurch Parish, Rathfarnham, having taken up his appointment in August 2022.  He is married to Michelle and has two children in secondary school.  He studied in CITI from 2008 and was ordained deacon in 2012, spending 2 years doing an internship in Taney Parish.  During this time David continued to work full–time in finance.

David was ordained Priest in 2015, spending four years as Curate–Assistant of Douglas Union of Parishes with Frankfield in the suburbs of Cork City.  In 2019 he became Priest–in–Charge of Moviddy Union of Parishes in rural south–west Cork.  During this time, he was Assistant Healthcare Chaplain in Cork University Hospital and also at Bon Secours Hospital in Cork City. He is an accredited Healthcare Chaplain.

Responding to the announcement of his appointment, David writes, ‘I am really looking forward to being part of the Institute community.  I believe that it important to provide spiritual support to all students and staff alike.  It is a privilege to be asked and I anticipate getting to know all the students over the coming months.  I hope that as chaplains we can contribute to the life of CITI in a positive and enriching way’.