Deacon Paul Totten during the service with
His Emminence Metropolitan John and Father Irenaus
THE first Deacon to be ordained by the Antiochan Orthodox
Church in Ireland is a Maghaberry man. Paul Totten's
ordination took place at St. Ignatius Antiochan Church
(formerly St. James Church of Ireland) on the corner of
Belfast's Antrim and Cliftonville Roads last Sunday
His wife Louise and daughter Sophie were among the
Deacon Paul Totten of
Maghaberry with his daughter Sophie, wife
Louise and father-in-law Mr Trevor Rushe of
The ceremony was conducted by the newly installed
Metropolitan of the church His Emminence Metropolitan John
who travelled to Northern Ireland from Paris.
He was introduced to many members of clergy from other
churches during his visit and described local people as
'some of the most warm hearted and friendly he had met'.
St. Ignatius Orthodox Church is part of the Antiochan
Orthodox Diocese of Western and Central Europe.