Bishop the Right Reverend Samuel Greenfield Poyntz, one of the best known and best loved clerics in the Church of Ireland, was called to The Grand Lodge above on the 18th February 2017. He was born in 1926 in Manitoba, Canada and educated at Portora Royal School Enniskillen, before going on to Trinity College, Dublin. He was ordained into the Church of Ireland in 1951.
He began church life, as a Curate in St Georges Dublin and then moved to St Pauls Dublin, before becoming Rector of St Stephens in Dublin. In 1974 he became Archdeacon of Dublin before becoming the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross in 1978, where he would serve for the next nine years.
In 1987 he was appointed Bishop of Connor, one of the oldest Dioceses in the Irish Church. This was one of the twenty four Dioceses established at The Synod of Rathbreasail in the year 1111, marking the move away from the monastic tradition towards the church based faith of today. The Dioceses of Connor is located in the North East corner of Ireland and included much of the City of Belfast. Some of the early Irish annalists would have known it, by its alternative name – The See of Dalriada. Bishop Poyntz finally retired from this active role in the Church in 1995.
Masonically, Right Worshipful Brother Samuel Poyntz was a Past Senior Grand Chaplin in The Grand Lodge of Ireland, an active Freemason, well known and well liked throughout the Irish Constitution. He was active in all aspects of Irish Masonry and went on to become an elected member of The Princes of the Royal Secret, the official title for membership of the 32nd degree under the auspices of The Supreme Council 33rd Degree of The Ancient and Accepted Rite for Ireland. His mother chapter within this rite was Number 8 in Belfast.
Rt Reverend Samuel Greenfield Poyntz passed to the Grand Lodge Above on the 18th February 2017, leaving his loving wife and best friend of 65 years, Noreen. He also leaves three children – Jennifer, Timothy and Stephanie and was proud grandfather to Gillian, Rachel, Alison, Cara, Christopher, Jonathan and Joanna. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Noreen and the rest of the family circle at this time.
There will be many Irish Freemasons present on Saturday the 25th February in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin to take part in a Service of Remembrance at 11.30AM to the life and achievements of this, our most worthy Brother.