New Rural Deans appointed


Two new Rural Deans have been appointed by the Bishop of Clogher, the Right Revd Dr. Ian Ellis.

Revd Johnny McLoughlin.

The Revd Johnny McLoughlin, Rector of Aghavea Parish near Brookeborough, is the new Rural Dean of Clogher following the resignation of the Rev Canon Maurice Armstrong from that role.

Right Revd Ian Ellis said: “Having recently received the resignation of Canon Armstrong as Rural Dean, I am delighted that Revd Johnny McLoughlin has accepted my invitation to be his successor in Clogher Rural Deanery. Revd Johnny brings to this role his wide experience of pastoral ministry and of working with church property both here in Clogher and for many years as a rector in Armagh Diocese. I wish him every blessing in his new role”.

“I wish to thank Canon Armstrong for his long service as Rural Dean since his appointment by Archbishop Jackson in 2005. He has brought consistent and dedicated service to Clogher Rural Deanery working with Select Vestries during vacancies, providing pastoral cover and the routine annual inspections of churches and glebes.”

The Revd Lorraine Capper, Rector of Galloon, Sallaghy and Drummully parishes, near Newtownbutler, is the Rural Dean of Clones.

Revd Lorraine Capper.

Bishop Ellis said that Revd Lorraine brings to the role a wide range of pastoral ministry and gifts of administration and organisation.

“I wish her every blessing in this new position. I should also like to thank Chancellor Ian Berry for looking after the Clones Rural Deanery in addition to his own responsibilities as Rural Dean of Monaghan.”