Derry’s Mayor has been presented with the first of 40,000 copies of the Gospel of St Luke that are to be delivered to every home in the city.
Mayor Kevin Campbell received his Gospel from the leaders of Derry’s four main churches yesterday, the organisers of the A Free Gift For All initiative.
“A Free Gift For All brings together so many strands of good news for our city. We are delighted to present the Mayor with a free gift of the Gospel of Luke,” a spokesman for the organisers said.
“This is the first step in the distribution to all 40,000 households in our city. It is a unique coming together of the church community in our city to give a gift to our fellow citizens, as a celebration of our designation as the UK City of Culture in 2013.”
The presentation was also among the last official public duties that Monsignor Eamon Martin will perform before taking up the position of Coadjutor Archbishop to the Archdiocese of Armagh.
Monsignor Martin was joined by Bishop Ken Good (Bishop of Derry & Raphoe), Rev Peter Murray (Superintendent of Methodist City Mission) and Rev Dr Robert Buick (Clerk of Presbytery) .
The Gospels will be delivered to homes in the coming weeks.