Tynwald has recognised the contribution to the Manx community made by the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in the Isle of Man Canon Philip Gillespie ahead of his leaving the Island to take up his appointment as Rector of the Pontifical Beda College in Rome.
Canon Gillespie, who has served the Island since 2011 and been a keen follower of Tynwald proceedings, was presented by the President of Tynwald, the Hon Clare Christian, with an illuminated address created by local artist Colleen Corlett.
‘Thrilled’ at receiving the address Canon Gillespie said: ‘From my sitting room I have a view of the Legislative Council Chamber and, when time allows, like to observe sittings of Tynwald from the public gallery. Having been in the Island almost five years has proved a good way to keep one’s “finger on the pulse” as it’s important that a leader of any organisation be aware of what matters to people and support them in becoming the best they can be.’
He said that helping to create ‘a sense of community’ was central to his work, adding: ‘I have always been interested in the political life of a community and the parliamentary process; how by listening to others in debate one can appreciate nuance, purpose and intent.’
Canon Gillespie’s appointment is for an initial three years but he hopes to return to the Island during the summer recess and continue to observe proceedings in Tynwald. ‘The Isle of Man will always be home to me,’ he said.
Photo: Paul Dougherty, Tynwald Seneschal
Notes for editors:
The Beda College was founded in 1852 by Pius IX to accommodate clergymen from England who had joined the Roman Catholic Church from other Christian denominations and wished to prepare for the Catholic priesthood. Today the college guides older men from more than 20 countries to discern their vocation and prepares them for ordination.
For further information:
Deputy Clerk of Tynwald
Legislative Buildings, Douglas, IM1 3PW
Tel: (01624) 685500