Lots to read in the latest Connor Connections

Monday February 24th 2020

The Spring issue of Connor Connections is now available free to all parishioners in the Diocese of Connor.

Connor Connections is published three times a year to share stories of events, people and happenings in the Connor family.

The Spring issue features Agherton Parish rector, the Rev Malcolm Ferry, and Agherton’s two new Parish Nurses, Noelle McNinch and Eileen Irwin, on the cover. There is a full report on this exciting new initiative inside.

There is a report and photographs of the Service of Thanksgiving for the former Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, which took place in St Patrick’s Ballymena, on December 19, and Bishop Alan also took time to reflect on his years as bishop of this diocese.

Upper Falls Parish was awarded first place in the Alzheimer’s Society small/medium dementia-friendly organisation of the year category. The award was collected by Colin and Jacqueline Higgins, who tell us how their personal experience led to the establishment of dementia friendly project in the parish.

You can read about Derryvolgie Parish’s success in buying not one, but three, defibrillators to support its local community, and Carnmoney Parish’s vision for the future.

A number of people received recognition in Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year Honours List, and we meet two of them, Alan Ross from St Patrick’s, Ballymena, who received a BEM for services to the community in Ballymena, and Simon Neill, Director of Music at St Polycarp’s, Finaghy, who was also made a BEM for services to music and community relations in Belfast and Lisburn.

Belfast’s top lollipop man (officially!) Ivan Gibson from Rathcoole parish tells us what he loves about his job, and we learn a little about life in Nairobi, Kenya, from Antony Njoroge who spent time in the parish of Ballynure and Ballyeaston.

There is, of course, all the latest youth and children’s news, a message from Archbishop’s Commissary George Davison – now Bishop-elect – and lots of photographs from around the parishes.

You can pick up your copy of Connor Connections from your parish church. Additional copies can be acquired by emailing  dco@connordiocese.org.

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