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Background and Family: Born on 4th July 1947 in Dublin, Ireland to the late Professor E. J. and the late Mrs E. E. Furlong. He has three sisters and one brother.



1955 - 61 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, 1961. Tennis Champion 1960 & 61. Entrance Exhibitioner to St. Columba’s College, Dublin, 1961. School Prefect 1960-61. Brook House Cup (shared with another boy for best all rounders), 1960.

1961 - 65 St. Columba’s College, Dublin. Entrance Exhibitioner 1961. 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 University Blue.

1970 - 72 Westcott House Theological College, Cambridge.

Additional experience in preparation for ordained ministry: Manual Labourer, Spaghetti Junction, Birmingham, 1971; Conveyor - Belt worker, Chicken Factory, Georgia, U.S.A., 1972; Ward Assistant, St. Christopher’s Hospice, London, 1972.

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.

ORDAINED MINISTRY 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 Central Africa. 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.