Revd John McDowell new Bishop of Clogher
Consecration and Enthronement dates for the Revd John McDowell as Bishop of Clogher


The newly elected Bishop of Clogher, the Rt Revd John McDowell, will be consecrated at an ordination service with Holy Communion in St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen on Friday 23rd September 2011 at 7.00pm.

Clogher Cathedral Enthronement

Bishop McDowell will subsequently be enthroned in St Macartan’s Cathedral, Clogher, the ancient seat of the Bishop of Clogher, at a service of Evensong on the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity, Sunday 2nd October 2011 at 4.00pm.

Enniskillen Cathedral Enthronement

The bishop will then be enthroned at a special youth service in St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen on the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity, Sunday 16th October 2011 at 4.00pm.



Some background information:

The House of Bishops of the Church of Ireland meeting on 30th May appointed the Revd John McDowell, Rector of St Mark’s Dundela in the Diocese of Down and Dromore as the new Bishop of Clogher, to succeed the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, who was recently enthroned as the new Archbishop of Dublin.

Announcing the appointment of the Revd John McDowell, the Most Revd Alan Harper, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, said:

‘I am delighted that the House of Bishops has appointed John McDowell to be the next Bishop of Clogher. He 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.’

Responding, the Revd John McDowell said: “I am very conscious of the privilege of being elected a bishop in the Church of God. My first task will be to get to know the clergy and people of the diocese of Clogher, whom I look forward to serving. The parishes where I have served have taught me much about the strengths of the Irish Anglican tradition and I am particularly indebted to my first vicar, the Venerable Stephen McBride for his encouragement and advice then and throughout my ministry.”

The Revd John McDowell also serves as the Clerical Honorary Secretary for the Diocese of Down and since 2009, has acted as one of the Clerical Honorary Secretaries of the General Synod. He is married to Mary (daughter of the late Rev SR Jackson) and they have one daughter Dorothy.