Who We Are

We welcome you
to join us in worship,
to visit this historic place
to feel welcome among us
to be still in the presence of God.

Zion is a community of faith where everyone is welcome without exception.  We celebrate the generous grace of God and share it with one another in the spirit of liberal inclusivity.

We are delighted that you are looking at our website, but this can be no substitute for real human contact.  So, we extend a warm welcome to come and see us on Sundays or Wednesdays for worship, or to one of our events.  If you would like to chat with me over a cup of coffee, please drop me an email.

David White

Rector

E: revdavidwhite2018@gmail.com

The Rev’d David White

Rector

The Rev’d David White has been the Rector since September 2022.  Prior to ordination he trained and worked at the National Botanic Garden, Glasnevin, and enjoys gardening in his free time.  Trained as a spiritual director, he believes that personal spirituality possesses the potential for life enrichment and happiness.  David is also passionate about the role of faith communities in efforts to deal with climate breakdown.

Margaret Healion

Diocesan Reader

Margaret Healion is a Diocesan Reader who has served in Zion Parish since being commissioned in 2015.

Margaret holds degrees in Design & Communications and in Philosophy, and a Diploma in Professional Ministry. She worked in Advertising for over twenty-five years, many of those as Creative Director of a large agency. She paints, reads, loves to travel and has co-authored a book on Canadian Grizzlies with her husband, photographer David Campbell.

After returning to college to study Philosophy in 2005, Margaret worked in the Harold’s Cross Hospice as a volunteer, which led to her calling to serve in Lay Ministry. “Being fortunate to be able to spend more time with my father toward the end of his life had a profound effect on my view of everything. I feel very lucky to have been found, so to speak, and love the work I do in and for Zion Parish”.

“As Reader I particularly enjoy leading prayer and occasionally preaching. If I were to think of one word that informs my ministry it would be inclusion. Something I am grateful to have benefitted from here at Zion Church”.

If you need to contact Margaret please send an email to the Parish Office, zionparish@gmail.com or leave a message with the Parish Administrator, Deirdre Hoey.

You will also find Margaret in church at 10.30am on Sundays.

David McConnell

Organist and Choir Director

David has been organist and choir director at Zion Church since 1997. He is responsible for the music at the main Sunday morning service and holds rehearsals with the choir at 9.45 on Sundays, twice a month and occasionally on weekday evenings.

Previous appointments were at Tullow Church (Carrickmines),  Christ Church Leeson Park and Rathfarnham Parish Church.  David studied organ with Eric de Courcy in Waterford and then with Sidney Greig and David Lee in Dublin. He is a member of the Executive of Church Music Dublin (click).

While church music has been the driving force throughout David’s adult life, he also is deeply involved in the arts community and worked at the Arts Council for many years. Currently he manages the finances of an art gallery, artists’ studios and a dance company.

See also Choir page, under Worship.

Deirdre Hoey

Parish Administrator

Deirdre holds a degree in History from Nottingham, an MBA from TCD and a Diploma in Art and Design from NCAD.  Before motherhood took over, Deirdre had a career in heritage management and exhibition design.

Deirdre is a parishioner and school parent and is passionate about community and the Zion Parish family.  She is heavily involved with Community Sponsorship Group Home from Home D6.  In her spare time she will be found playing golf.

If you need to contact Deirdre please send an email to the Parish Office, zionparish@gmail.com

Olga Powderly

School Administrator

Olga Powderly supports the Principal, Board of Management and staff with general administrative duties and provides a warm welcome for the children and all the visitors to the school.

Olga attended Wesley College and is mum to three small girls who keep her busy.  Olga is in the office Monday- Friday 9.00 – 13.00 and is accessible on email at office@zionparishprimaryschool.ie