Canon Alan Abernerthy is new Bishop of Connor

The House of Bishops of the Church of Ireland, meeting today in Dublin, appointed the Reverend Canon Alan Abernethy as the new Bishop of Connor to succeed the Most Reverend Alan Harper, who was elected Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland in January 2007.

Announcing the new appointment, the Most Reverend Alan Harper, Archbishop of Armagh said: "I warmly welcome the appointment of Canon Alan Abernethy to become chief pastor in the Diocese of Connor. That Diocese is very much in my heart, since I spent a considerable part of my ministry there. Canon Abernethy brings considerable gifts, which will greatly benefit the diocese when he begins his episcopal ministry. He has served as Central Director of Ordinands and has been very closely identified with the work, which the Church of Ireland is doing to reshape training for ministry. I wish Canon Abernethy and his wife, Liz, every blessing in this new development in his ministry."

Canon Abernethy is from Belfast. The Bishop-elect was ordained in 1981 and appointed to his present post as rector of Ballyholme Parish in 1990.

Canon Abernethy is married to Liz and they have a son Peter and daughter Ruth.

17 April 2007