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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



Rev. John Auchmuty to be instituted in the Parish of
Saint Columba, Knock

Rev. John Auchmuty The Rev. John Auchmuty, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, Killaney and St Ignatius Church, Carryduff, will be instituted in the Parish of Saint Columba, Knock on Monday 3rd September at 7.30pm by The Rt. Rev. Harold Miller - Bishop of Down and Dromore. He will succeed The Venerable Gregor McCamley who retired as Rector of Knock earlier this year. The Vicar of St. Columba's, The Rev. Gill Withers, will assist the new Rector.

Mr Auchmuty was instituted in the grouped parish of Killaney and Carryduff in March 2001. During the past 6½ years, the parishes have experienced significant growth and development. He attributes this to the commitment of the parishioners and the welcome which is given to visitors and thanks the members of the local community for their generous financial support, which has enabled both parishes to carry out essential restoration projects to their church buildings and grounds. As Mr Auchmuty and his family prepare to leave the Rectory in Carryduff at the end of August, they will take with them many happy memories of their ministry in Killaney and Carryduff. Commenting on their move, he said, 'It has been an immense privilege for us to have contributed to the life and witness of the parishes of Killaney and Carryduff. We will never forget the parishioners and our very happy years in these thriving parishes and we thank them all for their constant kindness, support and prayers. Our prayers for them will continue after we move to St. Columba's, Knock where our first priority will be getting to know our new parishioners'.

Pictured at a harvest thanksgiving service in St. Andrew's Church, Killaney last year are L to R: (front) The Rev. John Auchmuty, the then Mayor of Lisburn - Councillor Trevor Lunn, Mrs Laureen Lunn and the Rev. Warren Russell - Rural Dean. (back row) Bill Connor - Former Rector's Churchwarden, Alasdair MacLaughlin - recently retired Organist of Carryduff Parish, Fred May, Betty May - Organist of Killaney Parish and Anita Pielou - Former People's Churchwarden.