Appointment of new Archdeacon of Clogher


The Ven Cecil Pringle with Revd Canon Helene T-Steed and The Rt Revd John McDowell

The Ven Cecil Pringle

Having served in the position for the past twenty-five years the Venerable Cecil Pringle is to stand down as Archdeacon of Clogher. The Rt. Revd John McDowell, Bishop of Clogher paid tribute to the outstanding service which the Archdeacon had given to the Diocese and to the Church.

"Cecil Pringle has an unparalleled knowledge of the diocese of Clogher and has brought all of his skills, enthusiasm and dedication to bear during his period of service as Archdeacon. He has also served the central bodies of the Church of Ireland in virtually every capacity possible, most recently as a member of the Executive Committee of the Representative Church Body.

In addition to his many other offices Archdeacon Pringle also served as a member of the Western Education and Library Board for ten years, during which time he chaired the Teaching Appointments Committee.

In the Church of Ireland archdeacons are required to stand down from that office at the age of seventy. However I am delighted to be able to say that Archdeacon Pringle will continue to have the care of the parishes of Drumkeeran, Muckross and Templecarne. It would be impossible for me to adequately express the debt which I personally owe to Archdeacon Pringle for his advice, support and encouragement over the past two and a half years since I came to this Diocese".

Archdeacon Pringle is to be succeeded as Archdeacon of Clogher by The Revd Canon Helene T. Steed, the rector of the Clones Group of Parishes in Co. Monaghan.

The Revd Canon Helene T-Steed

Canon Steed came to the diocese of Clogher in February 2008 when she was instituted as rector of Clones, Killeevan, Currin and Newbliss. Prior to serving in Clogher, Canon Steed served as Dean's Vicar in St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork for four years, and before this she held a number of rural ministerial positions in the Church of Sweden.

A native of Sweden, Canon Steed was ordained priest in 1996 in the Church of Sweden following study at Lincoln Theological College and Uppsala University, where she achieved a Master's degree in Divinity. Prior to ordination, Canon Steed spent time working in the Church of England, and has also pursued theological research in South Africa. Since coming to Clogher Diocese, she has served as Bishop's Chaplain and as Rural Dean of Clones, which includes parishes in North Monaghan and South-East Fermanagh. Since 2011 she has been a member of the Cathedral Chapter holding the position of Prebend of Devenish. In addition to being a member of Diocesan Synod, Canon Steed is a member of Diocesan Council, the Diocesan Glebes Committee, the Diocesan Sustentation and Finance Committee, and has served on the management committee of the Wells Youth Ministry. She chairs the Board of Management of Monaghan Collegiate School, and she is also the Church of Ireland representative on the Porvoo Communion of Churches contact group.