The Bishop of Connor

The Ven George Davison, Bishop-elect of Connor.

The Ven George Davison, Archdeacon of Belfast, is currently Bishop-elect of Connor.

Mr Davison was appointed by the Episcopal Electoral College for the Diocese of Connor, meeting in the Alexander Synod Hall, Armagh, on February 17 2010.  He succeeds the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy who retired in December 2019.

The Bishop-Elect is currently rector of St Nicholas Parish Church, Carrickfergus, in the Diocese of Connor, and Archdeacon of Belfast, in the Diocese of Connor. He is an Honorary Secretary of the Church of Ireland’s General Synod, and was previously Archdeacon of Kilmore and Rector of Kinawley, in the Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh.

A native of south Belfast, Mr Davison, 54, has a BD from St Andrew’s University, Scotland. He also studied at Oakhill Church of England College, London and at 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 Mr Davison was appointed rector of the Parish of Kinawley and Holy Trinity, Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, a small rural parish bordering Co Cavan in the Diocese of Kilmore.

He remained rector there until his institution as rector of Carrickfergus in June 2009. In Kilmore, Mr Davison was Diocesan Director of Ordinands, and Archdeacon of Kilmore.

In November 2011 Mr Davision was elected Clerical Honorary Secretary of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland.

He was appointed Archdeacon of Belfast in June 2013, and has been Archbishop’s Commissary since Bishop Abernethy’s retirement.

He is married to Nadine, and the couple have two grown-up children.

Following approval by the House of Bishops, the bishop-elect will be consecrated as a bishop on a date to be determined.





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