NEW CHURCH OF IRELAND BISHOP ORDAINED

30 September 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The ordination and Consecreation of the Revd John McDowell as a Bishop to serve in The Diocese of Cogher took place in St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen on Friday last, 23rd September 2011.
The House of Bishops of The Church of Ireland meeting in Dublin on 30th May 2011 appointed the Revd McDowell as the new Bishop of Clogher, to succeed the Most Revd Dr. Michael Jackson.
The Rt Revd John McDowell was born in Belfast in 1956. He was educated at Annadale Grammar School, The Queen’s University of Belfast where he studied History, The London School of Economics where he studied Business Studies, and The University of Dublin where is studied Theology. Before studying for Orders, he worked in the Aerospace Industry and in lobbying as Assistant Director for the Confederation of British Industry. Bishop McDowell was ordained in 1996 for the curacy of Antrim in the Diocese of Connor. From 1999-2002 he was rector of Ballyrashane and Kildollagh, also in the Diocese of Connor, and since 2002 he was rector St. Mark’s Dundela in the Diocese of Down. He has served as the Clerical Honorary Secretary for the Diocese of Down since 2007, and has acted as one of the Clerical Honorary Secretaries of the Church of Ireland General Synod since 2009. He is married to Mary and they have one daughter Dorothy.
The preacher at the service was the Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.
The Porvoo Communion of Churches was represented by the Rt. Revd Ingeborg Midttomme, Bishop of More, Church of Norway.
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