Background and Family:
Born on 4th July 1947 in Dublin, Ireland to the late Professor E. J. and
Mrs E. E. Furlong. He has an older sister, Margaret, married to Peter; a
twin sister, Raphaela, married to Michael; a younger sister, Valerie,
married to Habib; and a younger brother, Timothy. The family grew up
in Dalkey and Sandycove, Co. Dublin.
He was baptized on 4th September 1947 in St. Patrick's Church, Dalkey,
Co. Dublin and confirmed on 23rd March 1961 in St John's Church,
Mountown, Co. Dublin.
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This article was published in the Church of Ireland Gazette on 5th August 1983. It was written by Canon John Barry,
Rector of Hillsborough Parish, Diocese of Down and Dromore, 1949-1983 who wrote a weekly column under the name 'Cromlyn'. He would
have read my series of dialogues published in the Church of Ireland Gazette in 1978 (called 'Christianity's Self-scrutiny'
and probably was aware that shortly after I was ordained I spoke with the Principal of my theological college and with one of my theology lecturers about my beliefs and that they both advised me to stay on in the priesthood saying that if you want change you need to stay inside. They both reminded me that institutions change very slowly. They also said that my ideas and beliefs were a small part of my total ministry and that my pastoral care was a large part of how I tried to live out my faith.
Brothers-in-law Peter,Michael and Habib.
EDUCATION AND ACHIEVEMENT:
1955 - 59 Brook House School, Dublin.
Acted with his twin sister in the film 'Rooney', filmed on
location in Dublin and in Pinewood Studios, London, in
1957, in which John Gregson, Noel Purcell and Barry Fitzgerald starred.
Captain of Hockey and Cricket 1st X1 Teams, 1959.
Tennis Champion 1958 & 59.
Entrance Exhibitioner to St. Columba’s College,
Dublin, 1959. School Prefect 1958-59. Brook House Cup (shared
with another boy for best all rounders), 1959.
1959 - 65 St. Columba’s College, Dublin.
Entrance Exhibitioner 1959. Captain of Hockey 1st X1 Team and Leinster Team, 1965.
Cricket 1st X1. School Prefect 1965.
Arthur Barton History Prize, R.M. Gwynne Award.
Music Prize, “O” Levels and University Matriculation.
Sat for T.C.D. Entrance Scholarship Exam.
1965 - 69 Trinity College, Dublin University. Sat for Foundation
Scholarship. Philosophy prizes and B.A. (Hons.) Philosophy 1969.
Dublin University Hockey Team, Irish Universities Hockey Team,
Leinster and Irish under 23 Hockey Teams, Dublin University
Pink, Hon. Secretary of Trinity Ball and Trinity Week, Group-
Leader of European Students’ Community Project in
Co. Donegal, 1968.
1969 - 71 Jesus College, Cambridge University.
Gardiner Scholarship, B.A (Hons.) Theology, 1971.
Cambridge University Hockey Team, Cambridge
1970 - 72 Westcott House Theological College, Cambridge.
Additional experience in preparation for ordained
Manual Labourer, Spaghetti Junction, Birmingham,
Conveyor - Belt worker, Chicken Factory, Georgia,
Ward Assistant, St. Christopher’s Hospice, London,
1972 Church of Ireland Theological College.
1 term for studies specifically related to working in Ireland.
1978 - 83 Training and continuing education in hospital
chaplaincy and pastoral care provision at approved
courses in Ireland and U.K.
1980-86 He contributed articles to the Church of Ireland
Gazette and to Search Church of Ireland Journal.
1983 College of the Ascension, Birmingham: studies in
preparation for work in Zimbabwe.
U.S.P.G. missionary in Zimbabwe 1983-94
1994 - 97 Training and continuing education in spiritual health
care and pastoral care provision at approved courses
and conferences in U.K. as well as training on the job.
Deacon 1972 Priest 1973 (ordained by late Right Revd. George Quin)
1972 - 76 Curate of St. Mark’s Church, Dundela, Belfast, Diocese of
Down and Dromore. His clerical colleagues were:
(current titles given for all clergy listed below)
Rectors: The late Canon Edwin Parke,
Most Revd. Dr. Robert Eames,
Right Revd. James Moore.
Curates: Revd. Leslie Crampton,
Canon Jonathan Barry,
Canon John Crawford.
1976 - 83 Curate of St. Ann’s Church with St. Stephen and St.
Mark, Diocese of Dublin. Hospital Chaplain in six
Dublin hospitals (1978 - 83).
His clerical colleagues were:
Rectors: Right Revd. Dr. Samuel Poyntz,
the late Canon William Wynne.
Curates: Canon Cecil Mills,
Revd. Benjamin Neill, Canon Neil McEndoo,
the late Revd. Christopher Wilcock
1978 - 83 He worked as Hospital Chaplain in National Maternity
Hospital; National Children’s Hospital, Adelaide
Hospital; Hume Street Skin and Cancer Hospital; Sir Patrick Dun’s
Hospital; Royal City of Dublin Hospital, Baggot Street. He also served
on the Diocesan Youth Council and as chairman for one year.
1983 - 85 Assistant Priest at Harare Cathedral, Zimbabwe.
Hospital Chaplain for Avenues Clinic, Harare.
Learnt, and became fluent in, the Shona language.
His clerical colleagues were:
Right Revd. Peter Hatendi,
Canon Louis Pitt ,
Canon Julius Murombedzi,
Rt Revd. Norbert Kunonga,
the late Revd. Moses Kavai.
For six months in 1985, he was seconded from the Cathedral and
worked as Acting-Priest-in-Charge of Murewa Mission District. Hospital
Chaplain of Murewa and Mtoko Hospitals.
1985 - 94 Rector of Makonde Parish, Diocese of Harare, Province of
Hospital Chaplain for Chinhoyi, Karoi, Kariba, Magunje, Alaska,
Mhangura, Murombedzi Hospitals. A large rural parish (160
miles long) with 38 congregations and 100 lay-readers.
His clerical colleagues were:
The late Revd. Noel Mutemararo,
The Ven. Samuel Doma,
Revd. Collis Machoko,
Revd. Jonah Mudawayo.
For much of this time, he also served as a Canon of Harare Cathedral,
and Archdeacon of Harare West. He was a member of the Bishop’s
Senate and served on the Standing Committee of the Diocese.
During his time as Rector, 11 new churches were built in the parish (part
of a total of 18 building projects), 10 lay evangelists were trained
within the parish for full time work (two of whom are now ordained:
Rev Wisdom Changoza and Rev John Nyarumwe), and the number of
trained lay-readers rose from 20 to 100.
1994 - 97 United Leeds Teaching Hospitals (NHS) Trust.
(Diocese of Ripon and Leeds) Hospital Chaplain. A large Trust
with 2,000 beds.
His clerical colleagues (whole time) were:
Revd. David Rivers, and
Revd. Dr. Derek Fraser.
There were many other part-time chaplains and voluntary pastoral care
workers in an ecumenical and multi-faith team.
1997-2002 Dean of Clonmacnoise.
Rector of Trim and Athboy Group of Parishes.
Hospital Chaplain St. Joseph’s Hospital, Trim. Pastoral
Chaplain to clergy of the United Dioceses of Meath and Kildare.