Installation of Dean of Clogher
Installation of Dean of Clogher

Members of the Church of Ireland Diocese of Clogher, the wider community and beyond, gathered together to fill Clogher Cathedral for the installation of the Very Revd Kenneth Hall as Dean of Clogher by the Rt Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Bishop of Clogher. The service took place in the Cathedral Church of St Macartan, Clogher on Friday 15th October 2010 at 8.00pm. Dean Hall, who was recently instituted as rector of Enniskillen Cathedral Parish in succession to the Revd Precentor Brian Courtney, also succeeds the Very Revd Raymond Thompson as Dean of Clogher. Dean Hall will be the first rector of Enniskillen to also hold the position of Dean since the Revd John McCarthy.
The service of Installation was conducted by the Bishop, the organist was Mr Glenn Moore, and the singing was led by the choirs of the Clogher Cathedral Group of Parishes. Before and after the service the Cathedral’s Peel of Bells were rung by the Verger, Mr John Hull.
A number of Parish and Diocesan Readers and Clergy from across the Diocese and the Church of Ireland in general attended. Representatives from the Methodist, Presbyterian, and Roman Catholic Church were also in attendance. The Processional Hymn was “For the healing of the nations”, after which Dean Hall was installed, by the bishop together with the Diocesan Registrar, the Revd Canon John Stewart, and the Archdeacon, the Venerable Cecil Pringle.
The Old Testament Reading from Ezekiel chapter 34 was read by Mr Tom Elliott MLA. The Psalm, Psalm 46, was led by the Revd Alison Seymour-Whiteley, Non-Stipendiary Minister in the Clogher Cathedral Group of Parishes. The Epistle, from Ephesians chapter 1, was read by Mr John Irvine, a Diocesan Reader and an Honorary Lay Secretary of Diocesan Synod and Council.
The hymn, “Come down, O love divine” led into the Gospel reading, from St Luke chapter 12, which was read by the Venerable Cecil Pringle, Archdeacon of Clogher. The Gospel Reading was followed by a Musical Interlude of the tune “Highland Cathedral”, which was played on the bagpipes by Miss Lisa Potter of St Macartan’s Cathedral, Clogher, and Mr Jonathan Watson of St Macartin’s Cathedral Enniskillen, accompanied by Mr Glenn Moore, Organist. The Sermon was preached by the Most Revd David Chillingworth, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Bishop of Saint Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane.
Prayers were led by the newly installed Dean, together with Mr Oscar Clingen of Clogher Cathedral Parish, Miss Isabel Orr of the Presbyterian Church and Honorary Secretary of the Friends of St Macartan’s Cathedral Clogher, Mr Raymond Campbell, Rector’s Churchwarden of St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen, the Very Revd Canon Lawrence Dawson PP, Parish Priest of Clogher Roman Catholic Church, and the Revd Maurice Armstrong, Rural Dean of Clogher.
The Offertory Hymn was “Alleluia! sing to Jesus”, and the Holy Communion was celebrated by the Bishop, who was assisted by his chaplain, the Revd Helene Steed, Rector of the Clones Group of Parishes. Holy Communion was administered by the Revd Ken Lindsay of the Methodist Church, in the spirit of the Church of Ireland and Methodist Covenant, along with the Revd Alison Seymour-Whiteley, the Revd Canon John Stewart, the Revd Canon Trevor Gillian, the Dean, the Archdeacon, Mr Alan Lavelle, Parish Reader in Newtownsaville Parish, and Mr Jim Kerr and Mr Jack Watson, both Diocesan Readers and parishioners of St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen. Holy Communion was followed by the Hymn ‘Blessed are the pure in heart’, and the final hymn was ‘Your kingdom come, O God.’ Everyone enjoyed tea after the service in the Royal British Legion Hall.