Richard Clarke elected head of Church of Ireland

Today in St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast it was announced that the House of Bishops of the Church of Ireland had elected the Most Revd Dr Most Revd Dr Bishop Richard Clarke, the current Bishop of Meath and Kildare, to be the new Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland. He was elected following the resignation of the current Primate the Most Revd Dr Alan Harper.

The new Archbishop will be enthroned on the 15th of September in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. He will be the 105th in the succession of abbots, bishops and archbishops of Armagh since St Patrick.

Dr Clarke was educated at Wesley College, Dublin before attending Trinity College, Dublin (MA, PhD) and King’s College London (BD) where he studied history and theology. Clarke was ordained a deacon in 1975 and priest in 1976, serving as a curate in Holywood, Co Down for two years from 1975 to 1977 and again as a curate at St Bartholomew’s with Christ Church Leeson Park, Dublin from 1977 to 1979 before he serving as Dean of Residence at Trinity College, Dublin for five years. Following that Dr Clarke travelled to Bandon Co Cork where he served as rector until 1993 when he was appointed Dean of Cork. Clarke was elected and consecrated to the bishopric of Meath and Kildare in 1996.

This appointment comes following the failure of the Crown Nominations Commission to come to a decision on the selection of a new Archbishop of Canterbury.


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I am from Cork and a Member of the Church of Ireland. I attend St Anne's Union, Shandon and represent the parish on the Diocesan Synod of the Cork, Cloyne and Ross as well as on the diocesan Charting a Future with Confidence Council. Stephen is committed to the idea of an Inclusive Church and serves on the committee of Changing Attitude Ireland. He is also a member of Diverse Church. 


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