Consecration of Connor rector as Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe

Wednesday July 9th 2008

Rev Canon Trevor Williams will be consecrated Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe on July 11.The consecration of the Rev Canon Trevor Williams as Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe will take place on Friday July 11 at 2pm.

The Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Rev Dr John Neill will preside at the service, assisted by the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Rev Alan Harper and the Bishop of Meath and Kildare, the Most Rev Dr Richard Clarke.

Amongst those who will attend the service are the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese and the Mayor of Limerick City, Cllr John Gilligan.

The address will be given by Dom Mark-Ephrem M Nolan OSB, Superior of the Holy Cross Benedictine Monastery, Rostrevor. The Bishop elect has enjoyed a friendship with the members of the Benedictine Order over many years and the service will be taking place on the Feast of St Benedict of Nursia.

A native of Dublin, the Bishop-elect is 59, and was educated in St Andrew’s College, Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin and St John’s College Nottingham.

He was ordained a deacon in 1974 and a priest the following year and first served as Curate in Maindenhead, St Andrews and St Mary’s in the Diocese of Oxford from 1974 to 1977.

He moved to Ireland to become Assistant Chaplain to the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1978 before going on to serve as Religious Broadcasting Producer with the BBC from 1981-1988. From 1988 to 1993 he served as rector of St John’s, Newcastle, Co Down.

In 1993 he became leader of the Corrymeela Community, an ecumenical Christian group committed to promoting peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. He was appointed a Canon of St Patrick’s Cathedral in 2002, and moved to Holy Trinity and St Silas with Immanuel in north Belfast a year later.

The Bishop-Elect is married to Joyce and the couple has three adult sons, Andrew, Mark and Michael.

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