Rev Colin Darling with his father Bishop Ned Darling.
REV Colin Darling followed firmly in the family footsteps when he was ordained deacon at Saintfield Parish on Sunday, August 26.
Both Colin's maternal and paternal grandfathers were Church of Ireland clergymen and his father is Ned Darling, formerly Bishop of Limerick. Bishop Darling was ordained deacon 56 years ago in July in St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast. It was particularly special for him to join Bishop Harold Creeth Miller in the laying on of hands for Colin during the service of ordination.
Parishioners from both Colin's home parish of Hillsborough and from Saintfield also participated and Rev Canon John Dinnen, former rector of Hillsborough, preached the sermon. Colin will serve for a year as deacon intern in Saintfield parish alongside the rector, Rev Chris Pollock.