Bishop appoints team of Domestic Chaplains

Friday November 23rd 2007

The Rev Clifford Skillen, Senior Domestic Chaplain to the Bishop of Connor.The Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, has appointed a Senior Domestic Chaplain and four Domestic Chaplains to assist him at certain services.

The Rev Clifford Skillen, Rector of Finaghy Parish in Belfast, is the Bishop’s Senior Domestic Chaplain.

The four Domestic Chaplains are the Rev John R Anderson, Billy and Derrykeighan; the Rev Jennifer Bell, chaplain, Belfast City Hospital, and rector-elect of Templepatrick and Donegore; the Rev Moreen Hutchinson, priest-in-charge, Ardclinis group of parishes; and the Rev Paul Jack, rector, St Simons, Belfast.

The Senior Domestic Chaplain will be responsible for leading and co-ordinating this team of Domestic Chaplains
The Rev Skillen said: “A bishop's chaplain accompanies the bishop to, and assists him in the course of, a number of services – for example, institutions, ordinations and commissionings – to enable the bishop to focus on the liturgy and on his particular parts of the service, knowing that any distractions or worries are in the safe hands of his chaplain – that, at least, is the theory!”

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