Saturday last, December 1, was a truly historic day at Mullingar Presbyterian Church. The occasion was the Induction Service of Mullingar’s new Presbyterian Minister, The Reverend Daniel Reyes-Martin B.D.
Dani, as he prefers to be called, also became the Minister for Corboy Presbyterian Church, in County Longford, upon his induction.
A native of Spain, Dani comes to Mullingar from Kilkenny Presbyterian Church along with his wife, Ruth, and their children, David and Miriam, and the family are residing in Mullingar.
The induction service was led by the Moderator of the Dublin and Munster Presbytery, Rev Alistair Dunlop, along with Rev Dr Keith McCrory of Maynooth Presbyterian Church, Rev William Hayes of Tullamore Presbyterian Church and Rev David Bruce, Church Mission in Ireland. The reading of the Standards of the Church was conducted by Mrs Margaret McKenna of the Dublin and Munster Presbytery.
Those also in attendance included local politicians and also those from the other Christian denominations in the Longford Westmeath area.
There was also an address of welcome to Mullingar for Daniel, which included that from the Roman Catholic Bishop of Meath, Bishop Thomas Deenihan, and also the local Church of Ireland Rector, Canon Alistair Graham.
As the induction service concluded, Reverend Reyes-Martin spoke of his ambitions and hopes for his ministry in Mullingar and Corboy, ending his address with the following thought provoking statement: “We are just broken people in a broken world, trying to lead other broken people to the one who can make them whole!” We would like to wish Reverend Daniel Reyes-Martin and his wife, Ruth and their children, God’s blessings and a hearty Cead Mile Fáilte to Mullingar.
• Article by Jason McKevitt, Committee Secretary, Mullingar Presbyterian Church.
At the Induction Service of the Reverend Daniel Reyes-Martin, BD, were (from left) Deputy Robert Troy, TD, Rev Daniel Reyes-Martin, Cllr Bill Collentine (mayor of Mullingar), Rev Alistair Dunlop (Moderator Dublin and Munster Presbytery), and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Meath, Bishop Thomas Deenihan.
RIGHT: With Rev Daniel Reyes-Martin, (from left) Rev Dr Keith McCrory (Maynooth Presbyterian Church), Rev David Bruce (Church Mission in Ireland), and Rev William Hayes (Tullamore Presbyterian Church).