Dean’s Vicar at Belfast Cathedral, the Rev Canon Denise Acheson will be swapping her dog collar for a wedding dress on Saturday January 18 when she marries Mr Terry Bickerstaff.
The wedding will be conducted by the Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev John Mann, and will take place in the Chapel of Unity at St Anne’s. The Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, will give an address during the service.
Denise’s husband William died in 1994. She has three children and five grandchildren. Terry, who is also widowed, has a son and one grandchild.
A former lab technician at Collegiate Grammar School in Enniskillen, Manchester–born Denise was ordained in June 2005 and was curate assistant at the Parish of Ballyholme, Bangor, before being appointed rector of St Colman’s, Dunmurry.
She has been Dean’s Vicar at St Anne’s Cathedral since last September and has particular responsibility for all aspects of the liturgical life of the Cathedral including baptisms, weddings and the organisation of special services. She is also Canon Treasurer at the Cathedral.
Congratulations are extended to Denise and Terry, who plan to visit family in England before honeymooning on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.