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New rector appointed to Grouped Parishes of Trory and Killadeas

Diocesan News14 Jan 20

New rector appointed to Grouped Parishes of Trory and Killadeas

A new rector has been appointed to the Grouped Parishes of Trory and Killadeas in Clogher Diocese.

The Revd Mark Gallagher, currently serving as curate of Bangor Abbey in the Diocese of Down, has been elected as Incumbent of the Grouped Parishes of Trory and Killadeas by a Board of Nomination. The parishes along the eastern shores of Lower Lough Erne have a combined total of 372 parishioners.

The Bishop of Clogher, the Right Revd John McDowell, welcoming the appointment, said: 'I need hardly say that I am delighted to welcome the Revd Mark Gallagher back into the Diocese, as the incumbent-elect of the Grouped Parishes of Trory and Killadeas. Mark served in the parish of Magheracross as a deacon and will bring his many gifts and enthusiasms to Clogher, now further enhanced by nearly three further years of pastoral experience under an excellent training rector (Canon Ronnie Nesbitt of Bangor Abbey).

'I know too that his new parishioners in Trory and Killadeas will be looking forward to welcoming the Revd Mark and helping him to settle into his new sphere of ministry.'

Following the announcement, Mr Gallagher said: 'I am over the moon and although I will be sad to leave Bangor Abbey, I will be excited going to a place (Clogher Diocese) which feels like coming home.'

Mr Gallagher grew up in St Andrew's Parish, Killyman, outside Dungannon in the Diocese of Armagh where he was involved in Sunday School teaching and youth fellowship as well as organist.

He has a background in science, graduating from Queen's University Belfast with a 2.1 BSc Hons. Degree in Medicinal Chemistry and is an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and has worked as a research and development chemist.

He obtained his Professional Certificate in Ministry from St John's School of Mission, Nottingham, before completing his training at the Church of Ireland Theological College, Dublin.

Mr Gallagher has worked in many spheres of parish life and has pursued a personal ministry passion, helping to resolve issues in the science/faith dialogue. His work in this area has been accredited and resulted in his membership of the Royal Society Chemistry and Society of Ordained Scientists.

He is a keen musician, playing the piano, organ, clarinet and saxophone to worship standard. He also sings at Grade 8/Diploma standard. He has also been a cantor at Choral Evensong at Bangor Abbey as well as a choir member.

Among his interests is children's party entertainer.

Mr Gallagher describes his style of worship as 'traditional with an occasional twist.'

He said: 'The style of worship is not as important to me as the quality of worship offered. In worship of almighty God, He deserves our best, and all in leadership responsibility must demonstrate this.

'My passion lies in community ministry and faith development. I believe there is a need for good relationships on a personal level between any cleric and the wider parish community. The threshold of the church building should be welcoming to all, and the congregation should feel empowered to share their faith with those around them,' he added.

The date and details of the Institution will be announced in due course.

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