The Very Rev Robert Jones, Dean of Clonmanoise and Incumbent of Trim, in the Diocese of Meath, has been appointed rector of St John’s Parish, Malone.
Robert, a native of County Carlow, is married to Alison who comes from Larne, County Antrim. He was ordained in the Diocese of Down and Dromore, where he spent 10 years, first as a curate in Banbridge, then as a curate in Bangor Abbey, before moving to Rathfriland and Ballyward as rector.
In 1989 Robert moved to the Diocese of Connor where he was rector of St Polycarp’s and Finaghy until 1993, and later rector of All Saint’s, Craigyhill and St Patrick’s Cairncastle, also Diocese of Connor.
In 2002 he was appointed Dean of Clonmanoise in the Diocese of Meath, where he is currently Dean at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Trim, and rector of St James, Athboy.
Alison is Diocesan Youth Officer for Meath and Kildare and editor of the diocesan magazine.
Robert said despite being sad to leave their friends in Trim, he and Alison were looking forward to the move to Belfast. “I am looking forward to the challenge of a new parish. It will be interesting in so many ways,” he said.
No date has been confirmed for the institution.