Appointment as Chaplain to the Defence Forces


Revd Earl Storey.

The Revd Earl Storey, a native of Fermanagh in Clogher Diocese, has been appointed as part time Church of Ireland Chaplain to the Defence Forces in the Republic of Ireland.

Earl was nominated by Archbishop Michael Jackson and the nomination was accepted by the former Minister with responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe TD.

Based at the Defence Forces Training Centre at the Curragh, County Kildare, the appointment comes into effect on July 1 2020. Earl succeeds the Revd Fran Grasham who was appointed to a parochial post in April.

Announcing the appointment this week, Archbishop Jackson said: “I am very pleased to announce that the Minister with responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe has appointed the Revd Earl Storey to the position of part time Church of Ireland Chaplain to the Defence Forces. Earl brings many gifts to the position and I wish him everything that is best in the team ministry of chaplaincy on which he now embarks. I also want to acknowledge the work Fran has done throughout her tenure”.

Mr Storey added: “I am very much looking forward to beginning a new role as Church of Ireland chaplain to the Irish Defence Forces. As a qualified coach and with an interest in pastoral ministry it presents a very interesting new ministry opportunity for me, and I appreciate the appointment by Archbishop Jackson”.