The Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev George Davison, has announced that his Installation Service in Lisburn Cathedral will be held on Sunday February 20, while his rescheduled Installation in Belfast Cathedral will be on Sunday March 13.
Due to the pandemic, these services are taking place two years after the former Archdeacon of Belfast was appointed Bishop of Connor, and 18 months after his consecration in an empty and quiet St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh.
The service on February 20 in Lisburn Cathedral will begin at 6.30pm. In something of a break with tradition, it will be particularly focused on the young people of the Diocese of Connor.
After the Bishop is admitted to the Cathedral and installed in his seat, he will receive a ‘charge’ from members of the Connor Youth Forum as they share something of their hopes for his leadership in the diocese.
In the context of contemporary worship, younger members of the diocese will also read and pray as the Bishop responds to their charge and challenges them to hear God’s call to serve alongside him in building the Church in Connor.
Following the service, people will meet informally outside and in the Cathedral Hall to share hotdogs, chat and take a few photo booth pictures.
Any young person in the diocese is invited. Please note that space at the service will be limited and adults are asked only to request a place if they are bringing young people with them.
Those who are not attending are invited to share in the service online by joining on the Lisburn Cathedral’s YouTube channel.
The rescheduled Service of Installation for the wider diocese in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, is now planned for 3.30pm on Sunday March 13. All clergy are warmly invited to attend and formal invitations will be issued in due course. This service was originally scheduled for January 9, but was postponed due to a predicted peak in the number of Omicron cases in Northern Ireland.