New Rector instituted to Grouped Parishes of Clones, Killeevan, Currin and Newbliss


The Institution of Revd Roy Taylor (second left) took place in Killeevan Parish Church on 31st Augus

The Institution of Revd Roy Taylor, as the new Rector of the Grouped Parishes of Clones, Killeevan, Currin and Newbliss, by the Bishop of Clogher, the Right Revd John McDowell, took place on Friday evening, 31st August in Killeevan Parish Church.

Parishioners from all four churches in the group as well as neighbouring parishes and members of congregations from other churches in the area, attended the service. Special guests included Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation who is from the area and represents Cavan/Monaghan in the Dail and Rosemary Barton MLA, who grew up in Clones Parish.

Clergy, Diocesan and Parish Readers and Diocesan Pastoral Assistants from Clogher Diocese also attended.

During the service, the hymns were; “Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,” “Be still, for the presence of the Lord,” “How deep the Father’s love for us,” “Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart” and “To God be the glory! Great things he has done.” The organists were Ivy Ritchie, May Leech and Rebecca Keating.

The readings were by David Hall, Raymond Stronge and Jason Jordan.

The preacher was the Bishop of Clogher, who referred to Revd Taylor’s introduction to the area straddling the Border between Counties Fermanagh and Monaghan where there are close ties but at a time of great uncertainty. He said these were unpredictable times in Ireland not knowing what the fall-out from Brexit will be but added that it was the role of parish clergy to offer their support to people, without taking sides.

Also taking part in the Service was the Dean of Clogher, the Very Revd Kenneth Hall; the Archdeacon of Clogher, the Venerable Brian Harper and the Rural Dean, Revd Alan Capper.
During the Commission, parishioners taking part included Brenda Keating and Christine Rusk, representing the Sunday School; Rebecca Keating, the Junior Church Organist and Sylvia Smyth and Laura Hall, representing the Select Vestry.

The offertory was taken up for the Clogher Ministry Fund.

During welcoming speeches following the service, the Rector’s Churchwarden, Brian McAdoo, welcomed Revd Taylor on behalf of all four churches within the group.

Minister Humphreys brought greetings as the local political representative and Revd Colin Milligan from the Methodist Church and Monsignor Richard Mohan, Roman Catholic Church, also extended a warm welcome to Revd Taylor on behalf of their congregations.

A friend of Revd Taylor from England, Revd Canon Dr. Herrick Daniel, told the parishioners that they would find Revd Taylor great to work as he had found him to be a man of prayer.

Revd Taylor, who grew up in England, qualified as a teacher before training for church ministry and has served with the church and worked in Tenerife, Geneva, England and Poland as well as a spell in the Diocese of Meath of Kildare. He has two grown-up sons, Daniel and Dominic and is fluent in several languages.