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Installation of new Canon of Lisburn Cathedral

Members of the Chapter of St Saviour, Lisburn Cathedral, who were present for the installation of their newest Canon, the Rev Mark McConnell. From left: The Rev Canon Peter Galbraith, the Rev Canon William Taggart, the Dean of Connor, the Very Rev Sam Wright (rector of Lisburn Cathedral), the Rev Canon Mark McConnell, the Rev Canon James Carson, the Ven Paul Dundas and the Rev Canon Derek Kerr.
Members of the Chapter of St Saviour, Lisburn Cathedral, who were present for the installation of their newest Canon, the Rev Mark McConnell. From left: The Rev Canon Peter Galbraith, the Rev Canon William Taggart, the Dean of Connor, the Very Rev Sam Wright (rector of Lisburn Cathedral), the Rev Canon Mark McConnell, the Rev Canon James Carson, the Ven Paul Dundas and the Rev Canon Derek Kerr.

The Rev Mark McConnell was installed as a Canon of Lisburn Cathedral on Tuesday December 4 by the Dean of Connor, the Very Rev Sam Wright.

The new Canon, who is rector of Ballymena (Kilconriola) and Ballyclug, was installed as the Prebend of Kilroot, Chapter of St Saviour.

At this service, there were a number of transfers within in the Chapter. The Rev Canon James Carson transferred from the Dignity of Treasurer of Connor to the Dignity of Precentor, and the Rev Canon William Taggart transferred from the Prebend of Kilroot to the Dignity of Treasurer.

Mark has been rector of Ballymena since June 2016. He said he was very honoured to have been appointed a Canon by the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy.

“It is recognition that I have been in ministry for more than 30 years, and is also a great encouragement for me,” Mark said.

“This is doubly special because Lisburn Cathedral is the parish church in which I was born and raised for the first 25 years of my life. That is quite something. Lisburn Cathedral is where the seeds of faith were sown and where I felt the first call to ordination.”

Mark is a former pupil of Lisnagarvey School for Boys and Lisburn Technical College. After A Levels he joined the Northern Ireland Civil Service where he worked for more than seven years.

In his mid–20s, Mark moved to study at Oakhill College in north London, where he felt the call to ordination. He was accepted for training by St Alban’s Diocese and after graduation did a familiarisation year at St James’ Parish, Muswell Hill, north London.

During that year he married Cherith, a native of Omagh and a primary school teacher. Mark was ordained in St Alban’s Diocese and served his first curacy in Christ Church, Bedford.

He and Cherith returned to Northern Ireland, where Mark did a second curacy in Bangor Parish, Diocese of Down and Dromore. He was later appointed rector of Killyleagh in Co Down, and after seven years moved to Connor Diocese as rector of Ballyclare. He remained in Ballyclare for more than 18 years before the move to Ballymena.

Mark and Cherith have three children, Daniel, Matthew and Erin.

Preacher at the service on Tuesday evening was the Ven Paul Dundas, Archdeacon of Dalriada and rector of Christ Church, Lisburn.

Dean Sam Wright introduces Canon Mark McConnell to his new seat as Prebend of Kilroot in the Chapter of St Saviour, Lisburn Cathedral.
Dean Sam Wright introduces Canon Mark McConnell to his new seat as Prebend of Kilroot in the Chapter of St Saviour, Lisburn Cathedral.

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For further information please contact:

Mrs Karen Bushby

Diocesan Communications Officer, Connor
Church of Ireland House
61–67 Donegall Street
Belfast
BT1 2QH
028 9082 8874
07766 103880
dco@connordiocese.org

www.connor.anglican.org