Former CoI bishop who began ministry in Ulster dies at home

Church of Ireland bishop Bishop Peter Barrett
Church of Ireland bishop Bishop Peter Barrett

A former Church of Ireland bishop who began his ministry as a curate in Limavady has passed away at his home in the Republic.

Rt Revd Peter Barrett, who served as Bishop of Cashel and Ossory in Kilkenny until his resignation in 2006, was also the rector of St George’s in Belfast between 1990 and 1994.

The Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, issued a statement yesterday confirming the death of Rev Barrett on Wednesday evening.

“Throughout his life Peter touched the lives of many, both inside the church and beyond.

“In Dublin and Glendalough he served as curate-assistant of St Ann with St Stephen and as Dean of Residence of Trinity College. He also served in the dioceses of Derry and Raphoe and Connor.

“Peter’s passing is felt with great sadness by a wide range of people and in particular by his family and by all who loved him most dearly.”

Born in Dublin in 1956, Peter Barrett graduated in 1978 from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in History and Political Science - gaining a masters in Philosophy in 1984.

Archbishop Jackson added: “We commend him to the mercy and protection of Almighty God whom he strove to serve with warm devotion in this life. May he rest in peace.”

At the time of his resignation in January 2006, Rev Barrett issued a statement saying he was separating from his wife as he was “no longer able to cherish his marriage” and was “in the midst of deep personal struggle”.