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Archdeacon Brian Harper appointed Archbishop’s Commissary in Clogher Diocese

The Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Revd John McDowell, has appointed the Venerable Brian Harper, Archdeacon of Clogher Diocese, as his commissary in Clogher Diocese.
Archdeacon Brian Harper
Archdeacon Brian Harper

The Archdeacon, originally from Dungiven and Limavady, was ordained in 1985 to serve as curate in St Columba’s, Portadown. He then served as curate in Drumglass, rector of the Ballygawley group of parishes and Mullavilly Parish, all in Armagh Diocese. He moved to the parish of Magheracross (Ballinamallard) in Clogher Diocese in 2012 where he is chaplain to championship football club, Ballinamallard United.

He is married to Heather and they have three children: Jonathan, a teacher in Wallace Preparatory School, Lisburn; Elizabeth, who is nursing in Liverpool; and Samuel, a radiographer in Craigavon Area Hospital.

Archdeacon Harper’s son–in–law, Gareth, is to be ordained later this year in the Diocese of Liverpool.

The Archdeacon’s hobbies include parkrun, mostly at Enniskillen or Portrush, and walking his dogs, and he has recently completed the Camino de Santiago.

The commissary acts on behalf of the Archbishop, who has overall oversight of the diocese during the vacancy, and it is a temporary role until a bishop is elected.