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The Ven Raymond Hoey, Archdeacon Of Armagh, To Retire In September

Archdeacon Raymond Hoey
Archdeacon Raymond Hoey

The Ven Raymond G Hoey, Archdeacon of Armagh for the past 22 years, has just announced his plans to retire on 30 September 2014. Archdeacon Hoey is a native of County Fermanagh and was educated at Portora Royal School Enniskillen and Trinity College Dublin. He was ordained in 1972 and is currently rector of Christ Church Bessbrook and St Luke’s Mullaglass. He was previously a Vicar Choral of St Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh and was appointed Archdeacon of Armagh by Archbishop Robin Eames in 1992. He has also served as Archdeacon with Archbishop Alan Harper and Archbishop Richard Clarke. He was Chaplain of Daisy Hill Hospital Newry during the worst years of ‘the Troubles’.

The Archdeacon served on a great many diocesan committees as well as being a member of many central church committees. Over the years he has been on the Representative Church Body, the General Synod and its Standing Committee. He was a member of the Central Communications Board and was Chairman of the Internet Committee when the first Church of Ireland website was prepared and launched in 1997. In addition he was for a time Chairman of the Church of Ireland Press which owns the Church of Ireland Gazette.

The Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, said: ‘On behalf of the Diocese of Armagh and of the wider Church, I would like to wish Archdeacon Raymond Hoey, Archdeacon of Armagh, and his wife Florence every blessing, on the announcement of his retirement.’ He continued, ‘Archdeacon Hoey has served Armagh Diocese in the ordained ministry since his ordination in 1972. Rector of Camlough and Mullaglass since 1978, and Archdeacon of this Diocese for more than twenty years, he has also served the central Church in different capacities, notably as a faithful member of the Representative Church Body over many years. We wish him and Florence every happiness for the future, as we thank him on behalf of many people for his ministry among us.’