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New appointment to Kilskeery and Trillick parishes

The Board of Nomination for the parishes of Kilskeery and Trillick in Clogher Diocese has appointed the Revd Philip Bryson, as their Rector.

Mr Bryson, who is married to Viola and has four children, is currently Curate of Magheraculmoney Parish, Ardess, also in Clogher Diocese.

The Bishop of Clogher, the Right Revd John McDowell welcomed Mr Bryson’s appointment, saying: “I am delighted that the Revd Philip Bryson will be continuing his ministry in the Diocese when he takes up the post of Rector of the Grouped Parishes of Kilskeery and Trillick. A first incumbency is a big step for any clergy person and my prayers and best wishes are with Philip, his wife Viola and family as they prepare for their move.”

The group of Kilskeery and Trillick has a combined total of approximately 386 parishioners and provides a firm foundation for an enthusiastic and developing ministry in a rural context.

Mr Bryson, originally from Belfast, previously worked in the areas of youth and children’s work, pastoral support and community work before training for the Church of Ireland ministry. 

He served his deacon intern year with St Bartholomew’s in Stranmillis, Belfast, before beginning his curacy with Magheraculmoney Parish, Kesh, in 2016. 

After coming to faith in Jesus in his early teens, he became involved with Christian Endeavour, CSSM, Sunday School and CEF., having a desire to know what God and faith was all about and to share that with others. 

This journey took him to serve in churches in Coleraine, Lisburn, Kesh and Belfast, along the way studying theology in Belfast Bible College and Queen’s University. 

Mr Bryson says he has a passion “to encourage people to see the dynamic relevance of biblical truth and teaching and that this truth is really a revelation of God’s heart to us, through Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit.” 

The date of the institution will be announced later.