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Irish bishops appoint new Bishop of Clogher: The Church of England Newspaper, June 3, 2011 p 7. June 7, 2011

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Bishop-elect John McDowell of Clogher

First published in The Church of England Newspaper.

The House of Bishops of the Church of Ireland has appointed a new bishop for the Diocese of Clogher.  On May 30 the bishops selected the Rev. John McDowell, Rector of St Mark’s Dundela in the Diocese of Down and Dromore in succession to Dr. Michael Jackson following his translation to Dublin.

The appointment fell to the House of Bishops after the Episcopal Electoral College for Clogher was unable to appoint a candidate on May 4.  With the appointment of Bishop-elect McDowell, all but one of the bishops in the Church of Ireland’s Northern Province of Armagh will have been appointed, and not elected by their diocesan electoral colleges. A spokesman for the Church of Ireland said the sole exception was the Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh, the Rt. Rev. Ken Clarke, who was “elected by Electoral College rather than the House of Bishops in 2000.”

Following the appointment of Mr. McDowell, the Archbishop of Armagh, Dr. Alan Harper said he was “delighted” with the choice.  The new bishop has “been an outstanding Rector in his current parish and also a very highly regarded Clerical Honorary Secretary of the General Synod. John McDowell brings many gifts that will benefit the Diocese of Clogher. Gifts that are pastoral, administrative and intellectual. His new Diocese can be assured that their new Bishop will maintain the best traditions of the Church of Ireland with an openness to that broad spectrum which is characteristic of this Province of the Anglican Communion.”

Mr. McDowell said he as “very conscious of the privilege of being elected a bishop” and his “first task will be to get to know the clergy and people of the diocese of Clogher.”

Born in Belfast in 1956, Mr. McDowell attended Annadale Grammar School, Queen’s University, the London School of Economics, and Trinity College Dublin.  Before studying for the priesthood, he worked in the aerospace industry and as a lobbyist for the Confederation of British Industry.

Ordained in 1996, he has been curate in Antrim, rector of Ballyrashane and Kildollagh, and in 2002 was appointed to his current post.  A date for his consecration has not yet been announced.

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