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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



Aghalee rector accepts call to Ballyholme Parish

The Rev Simon DooganThe Rev Simon Doogan, Rector of Holy Trinity, Aghalee, has been appointed as the new rector of St Columbanas, Ballyholme in succession to the Rt Rev Canon Alan Abernethy who was appointed the new Bishop of Connor in April 2007. A date for Mr Doogan's Institution at Ballyholme Parish has still to be arranged.

Mr Doogan served his curacy in St Finnian's, Cregagh from 1997 to 2001 and moved to the Diocese of Chichester to become Bishop's Domestic Chaplain to the Area Bishop of Horsham where he remained until his return to the Diocese of Down & Dromore as rector of Holy Trinity, Aghalee in April 2004. In addition to his duties at Aghalee, he also holds the position of Diocesan Registrar.

Aghalee Parish Church also hold a joint service at Maghaberry Methodist Church on Sunday mornings at 10.30am and Mr Doogan's move to Ballyholme will mean that he will be greatly missed both at Aghalee and at Maghaberry.