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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



The Enthronement of the Bishop of Connor

The Right Revd Alan F Abernethy

The enthronement of the new Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, will take place in Christ Church Cathedral, Lisburn, on Thursday 6th September. Bishop Abernethy will be installed and enthroned by the Dean of Connor, the Very Rev John Bond, in a service beginning at 8pm.

The Dean will also dedicate the Bishop's new Pastoral Staff.

The service will be in two parts. In the first part the new Bishop comes to his Cathedral to be publicly installed and enthroned in his seat by the Dean at the command of the Archbishop of Armagh.

In the second part, the Bishop begins his ministry in Connor. First he prays for the Church and the community. Next, he responds to the acknowledgement of his pastoral responsibility from the clergy and to a pledge of support from the laity of the Diocese.

He then preaches and gives his blessing.

Among the dignitaries scheduled to attend the service are the Bishop of Linkoping, the Rt Rev Martin Lind, from Connor's link diocese in Sweden.