The Bishop of Connor

The Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy

The Bishop of Connor is the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy. He was consecrated at a service in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, on June 29 2007, and his enthronement in Lisburn Cathedral took place on September 6 2007.

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Bishop Abernethy is from Belfast. His wife Liz is a hospital doctor and they have two children, Peter and Ruth. He enjoys reading, cycling, tennis, walking, cooking and family holidays and is a fanatical Manchester United supporter.

A former pupil of Harding Memorial Primary School and Grosvenor High School, Belfast, Bishop Abernethy obtained a BA in History and Political Science from Queen’s University, Belfast, in 1978; a Dip.Theol. (1st class) from Trinity College Dublin in 1981 and a BD from Queen’s in 1989.

He was Curate-Assistant at St. Elizabeth’s, Dundonald, from 1981 to 1984, and Curate-Assistant, Lecale Group of Parishes and minor canon of Down Cathedral from 1984 until 1987.

During this period he was also Officiating Chaplain at RAF Bishopscourt.

From 1986 until 1990 he was rector of St John’s, Helen’s Bay and Chaplain at Crawfordsburn Geriatric Hospital, before moving to St Columbanus, Ballyholme, as rector in 1990.

In 2004 Bishop Abernethy was appointed Church of Ireland Central Director of Ordinands and in 2005 he was a member of Church of Ireland Theological Inspection Team.

Bishop Abernethy is a member of the Central Committee of the World Council for Churches. His is chair of the Board of St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast, and chair of the Board of Church Mission Society Ireland (CMS).

Bishop Abernethy has also been Church of Ireland Religious advisor to Downtown Radio, and is author of ‘Fulfilment and Frustration,’ published in 2002 and ‘Shadow’s on the Journey,’ published in 2011.

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