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Last updated 20th July 2020

Archdeacon Mark

The Ven Mark Ireland has been the Archdeacon of Blackburn since 2016. This page has a short selection of Archdeacon Mark's talks and articles. You can also read  his regularly updated blog at

Wednesday message on July 15, 2020

Wednesday message from Archdeacon Mark on June 24, 2020

Ascension Day message from Archdeacon Mark on Thursday 21 May 2020

Reflections on the story of Abraham's sacrifice of Ishmael for Muslim/Christian gathering at St Silas, Blackburn, September 2017. News article dated 20 September 2017.

Recent blog articles

Coping with depresssion (August 2017)

Strange things happen when you pray

Article from the Diocesan See Magazine - May 2016

Engaging with each other makes us stronger

Lancashire Telegraph article - May 2016