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Revd Charles McCartney appointed the new rector for Aghalee
Revd Charles McCartney and his wife Cecilia pictured on their motorcycles. Revd Charles McCartney
Revd Charles McCartney and his wife Cecilia pictured on their motorcycles. Revd Charles McCartney

The Revd Charles McCartney has been appointed as the new rector of Holy Trinity, Aghalee. He succeeds the Revd Simon Doogan who moved to Ballyholme Parish earlier this year.

Charles left School at 15 and served his apprenticeship as a motor mechanic, eventually becoming a vehicle/driving examiner for the DOE. He served in the RUC part time reserve during the 1970s and 1980s and following his call into full time ministry he was ordained in 1985 and became Curate in St Mark�s, Portadown (1985-1988). For a short time he was Rector of Ballygawley before going into the Army where he served as Chaplain to the Forces (1989-2004). He returned to parish ministry in 2004 and since then, has been rector of St Donard�s, Belfast.

His home parish is St Elizabeth, Dundonald and his mother still lives across the road from the Ulster Hospital. His wife Cecilia was brought up in the Parish of Drumcree, Portadown and works with her brother in a furniture store in Portadown and also served as a Greenfinch in the UDR. They have 5 children: 27 year old twins Robert and Carol (both single!) - Robert is in the RAF and Carol is a Constable in Liverpool Police; Naomi 26 still lives at home, she is engaged to Mark and works in the Halifax at the old Gas Works in Belfast; Charlene 23 (single) works with the NAAFI and is presently based in Lisburn; Christopher is nearly 18 and has just completed his first year as an apprentice technician with NIR based in York Road Belfast.

On a good day, Charles and Cecilia like to get away together on their motorcycles.

Speaking of his move to Aghalee, Mr McCartney said, �We are looking forward to joining you and sharing our lives and Christian faith with you all in Aghalee and Maghaberry on Thursday 18th September. I am sure it will take some time to get to know you all - I hope you don�t mind me taking this opportunity to introduce our family�.

The Institution service for the new rector will be held in Holy Trinity, Aghalee on Thursday 18th September 2008.