The consecration of the Ven George Davison as Bishop of Connor will take place in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, on Thursday September 3.
The co-consecrators will be the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Rev John McDowell; the Bishop of Meath and Kildare, the Most Rev Pat Storey; and the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe the Most Rev Andrew Forster. The preacher will be the Rt Rev Kenneth Clarke, formerly Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, attendance at the service will be by invitation only, and will be limited to the family, close friends and colleagues of the bishop-designate. The service will be live streamed on the diocesan and Church of Ireland websites and Facebook pages
The Order of Service will be available for download in advance so people can follow the service as it is broadcast.
Bishop-designate Davison was appointed by the Episcopal Electoral College for the Diocese of Connor on February 17. His consecration was originally planned for May, but was put back because of the coronavirus lockdown. He succeeds the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy who retired in December 2019.
The bishop-designate was most recently rector of St Nicholas Parish Church, Carrickfergus, and has been Archdeacon of Belfast since 2013. He was an Honorary Secretary of the Church of Ireland’s General Synod until June this year.
A native of south Belfast, Bishop-designate Davison, 55, studied theology at St Andrew’s University, Scotland; Oak Hill College, London and the Church of Ireland Theological College, Dublin.
He was ordained a deacon in June 1992 at a service in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, and served his curacy in St Mark’s Parish, Portadown.
In October 1995 the bishop-designate was appointed rector of the Parish of Kinawley and Holy Trinity, Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, in the Diocese of Kilmore.
He remained rector there until his institution as rector of Carrickfergus in June 2009. In Kilmore, he was Diocesan Director of Ordinands, and Archdeacon of Kilmore.
Bishop-designate Davison is married to Nadine, and the couple have two grown up children.
The service in St Patrick’s Cathedral gets underway at 4pm on September 3.