Bishops to Appoint on 30th May
Clogher Episcopal Election to be 30th May
On the morning of the final day of General Synod, the Archbishop of Armagh
informed members that the House of Bishops would meet on Monday 30th May
for the purpose of electing a new Bishop of Clogher.
An Episcopal Electoral College convened by the Archbishop of Armagh, The
Most Revd Alan Harper met on Wednesday 4 May 2011, in the
Synod Hall, Church House, Armagh, to elect a new Bishop of Clogher. The see
became vacant following the election of The Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson
as Archbishop of Dublin in February.
The Episcopal Electoral College consists of the Archbishop of Armagh, who
presided, and representation from the Bishops of the Church of Ireland
and Clerical and Lay representatives from Clogher and other Dioceses in the
Northern Province. After attending a service in St Patrick’s Cathedral,
Armagh, the college met and conduct its deliberations in private.
The college could have elected a current Bishop, or a Priest (male or female)
over 30 years of age to the vacant see.
As the college was unable to reach a decision,
the appointment passed to the House of Bishops. Following appointment
by the House of Bishops, the Bishop-elect will be consecrated
(if not already
a Bishop) and subsequently enthroned in the Cathedral churches of the Diocese
on dates to be determined.