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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland


Rev Simon Richardson is the new Rector of Hillsborough Parish
The Revd Simon Richardson The Revd Simon Richardson has been appointed as the new rector of St Malachy�s, Hillsborough. Simon has been curate at St Malachy�s since 2006 and prior to that he was assistant curate in Folkestone. He succeeds the Revd John Dinnen, who retired on 31st December 2007.

A date for Mr Richardson�s Institution at Hillsborough Parish has still to be arranged.

A spokesperson for the Diocese of Down and Dromore recalls: �It is a rare occurrence that someone serving a curacy in a parish is then appointed rector when the parish becomes vacant. We are not aware of a similar instance of this happening since 1954 when the Revd Ernest Shepherd, who served his curacy in St John�s, Whitehouse, was then appointed Incumbent, where he remained until his retirement in 1996�.