Our Team

Who We Are

Meet the Team

Carrigrohane Union of Parishes is staffed by a team led by our Rector Revd Robert Ferris. The Staff team serve in CUP by leading and providing admin support to all those who minister here. Core to the mission of this parish is the utilisation of everyones gifts and skills in the building up of Church community.

Also included on this page are some of the many people who make up the wider parish ministry team.


Rev Canon Robert Ferris

Rev Canon Robert Ferris


   Robert  became Rector after having been Associate Minister for 8 years. He is passionate about reaching out with God’s love to all and seeing how everyone can play their part in the body of the Church. He is married to Noelle and enjoys sitting down with a cuppa to chat about God, life, stories and generally what’s going on.

Robert has recently has been appointed Honorary Canon (Canon Missioner) of St Finbarre’s Cathedral in Cork.  


Revd Abigail Sines

Revd Abigail Sines

Associate Minister

Abigail hails from Hampton, Virginia, in the United States. At university she studied international relations and Chinese, with hopes of a career as a diplomat in the US Foreign Service. After graduation she spent a year in China teaching English before undertaking postgraduate studies at the University of Hawai’i, continuing her academic interest in China and eventually taking up a position at the East–West Centre, the Honolulu–based organisation that had sponsored her studies.

While there she launched a leadership development programme for young women professionals from around the region and assisted in programmes bringing together mid–career journalists from the region to talk about issues of the day.

After six years Abigail felt the call to study theology and in 2008 began studies at Belfast Bible College and completed an MTh there in 2010. She then began her studies at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute in 2012.

Abigail was Dean’s Vicar in Christ Church Cathedral since August 2016, prior to this she was Curate in the Christ Church Cathedral group and Intern Deacon in Glenageary, Diocese of Dublin.

Abigail has been Associate Minister in CUP since October 2022

Church Army – Centre of Mission Staff 

Matt Gould

Matt Gould

Carraig Centre Lead Evangelist & Community Leader

Sarah - Louise Hockey

Sarah - Louise Hockey

Church Army Pioneer Evangelist / Youthworker

 Office Team 

Deirdre Lightbody

Deirdre Lightbody

Parish Administrator

Mary Gleeson

Mary Gleeson

Finance Officer

Jaki Godfrey

Jaki Godfrey

Office Admin

Church Wardens &  others with particular responsibilities 

Jane & Laurel

Jane & Laurel

St. Peter's Church Wardens

Ciaran McKeown

Glebe Warden

Mel & Richard

St. Senan's Church Wardens

Paula & April

Church of the Resurrection Blarney wardens

Bill Lane

Carraig Centre manager

Robert Devoy

Robert Devoy

Hon. Secretary Select Vestry & Glebe Warden

2024 Select Vestry

The Select Vestry is appointed annually according to the Church of Ireland Constitution- It is chaired by the Rector – Canon Robert Ferris  and is comprised of the clergy of the parish along with those elected by the Annual Easter General Vestry  and appointed. 

Church Wardens

The Rector appointed the following:

Laurel Watts – Rector’s Church Warden for St Peter’s

April Gunn – Rector’s Church Warden for Blarney

Mel Harris – Rector’s Church Warden for Inniscarra

The following were elected as People’s Church Wardens:

Jane Moffatt – St Peter’s

Richard Wood – Inniscarra

Paula O’Callaghan – Blarney

Glebe Wardens

The Rector appointed Robert Devoy as Rector’s Glebe Warden and Ciaran McKeown is elected as People’s Glebe Warden.

Select Vestry members

The following members were elected to the Select Vestry:

Douglas Venn, Liz Kenning, Richard Bolster, DJ Kelleher, Bill Lane, Ivan McMahon, Mick O’Shea, Janice Healey Bird (Hon. Treasurer), Jessica Kindler, Diane Martin.