A Service of Introduction and Licensing of the Rev Danielle McCullagh as Chaplain at The Hub, Belfast, took place on Wednesday February 15.
In her new role as Chaplain and Dean of Residences in the Church of Ireland / Methodist Chaplaincy at Queen’s University and Stranmillis College, Danielle will serve in covenant alongside the Ulster University Chaplain, who is currently appointed by the Methodist Church.
She will lead the staff team the Hub, including centre management, café and ancillary staff, and serve as Dean of Residents in the Student Centre, which during term time is home to some 50 residential students and ministry interns.
She will also serve as Chaplain to the Church of the Resurrection within The Hub.
Danielle grew up in Glengormley. She was ordained deacon in 2016 and served her deacon internship in St Brigid’s, Mallusk. After her ordination as a priest in August 2017, she was curate-assistant in Lisburn Cathedral until her institution as vicar of the Cathedral in June 2021.
Danielle has a BA (Hons) Degree in Childhood Studies and Professional Practice Studies from Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, and before training for ordination she worked in Carnmoney Primary School as a one-to-one Classroom Assistant with children with special needs.
Students, staff and members of the Hub and the Church of the Resurrection were joined at the Service of Introduction by parishioners from Lisburn Cathedral.
Danielle was introduced as chaplain by the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev George Davison. The preacher was the Dean of Connor and rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Lisburn, the Very Rev Sam Wright. The Rev Philip Agnew, District Superintendent, Methodist Church, welcomed the congregation and led the opening prayer.
During the service, Bishop George conducted a short interview with Danielle as she was introduced to those gathered.
Danielle succeeds the Ven Barry Forde, Archdeacon of Belfast, who is now Priest-in-Charge of the Inner South Belfast Mission Area. Danielle is the first female Chaplain since the role of Chaplain / Dean of Residences in the then Queen’s College, Belfast, first came into being in 1849. The chaplaincy itself opened in 1954.