New rector instituted to grouped parishes of Carrickmacross, Magheracloone and Ardragh


The institution of the new rector of Carrickmacross Union

The institution of the Revd Colin McConaghie as rector of the Grouped Parishes of Carrickmacross, Magheracloone and Ardragh in Co. Monaghan took place on Friday 28 April by the Bishop of Clogher, the Rt Revd John McDowell in St. Finbarr's Parish Church.

Revd McConaghie, originally from Lurgan, had been serving as Curate-Assistant in the Dunboyne Group of Parishes in the United Diocese of Meath and Kildare.

Prior to his ordination, Revd McConaghie worked for Craigavon Borough Council for many years, latterly at Oxford Island Nature Reserve where he was in charge of educational visits and events with event management being his background.

He was ordained Deacon in 2011 and served in his year as Deacon Intern in Seagoe Parish, Portadown in the Diocese of Down and Dromore.

He was appointed Curate to Drumglass Parish, Dungannon in Armagh Diocese in 2012 before moving to become Curate in Dunboyne and Rathmolyon Group of Parishes in Meath and Kildare Diocese in 2014.

The Bible readings during the service were by Margaret Babington, Gina Breaden and George Merrin.

Revd McConaghie was presented to the Bishop by the Archdeacon of Clogher, the Venerable Brian Harper.

Hymns during the service included: 'Guide me, O thou great Jehovah', 'Here is love vast as the ocean', 'Jesus, all for Jesus', 'Lord, you give the great commission', 'Faithful One, so unchanging', 'Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!' and 'Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us'.

The congregation joined the new rector and other clergy for refreshments in the Jackson Memorial Hall after the service.

Revd McConaghie, looking ahead to ministry in his new group of parishes as rector, said: 'My passion in ministry would include prayer, building of relationships in church and community, children's and youth ministry, social outreach and pastoral.'