Evangelical elected a Bishop
MEETING AT Church House in Armagh on 4 February, the electoral college of the Church of Ireland’s Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh, has elected an evangelical clergyman, the Rev Ferran Glenfield, rector of Hillsborough Parish in the Diocese of Down and Dromore, as bishop in succession to the Rt Rev Ken Clarke.
A graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast, Trinity College, Dublin and Oxford, Mr Glenfield served his curacy in the Diocese of Cork and in 1996 became rector of Kill o’the Grange Parish in Blackrock in the Diocese of Dublin where he served for 16 years before moving to Hillsborough in 2012.
The bishop–elect said: “I am very surprised but deeply honoured to be asked to serve in this capacity as Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh. While the news is coupled with sadness in leaving Hillsborough, I look forward to working in the United Dioceses which is a very special part of the world.”
The Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Richard Clarke said: “I have known Ferran since we were both clergy in Cork Diocese and am an admirer of his intellect, energy and spirituality, and I wish him well in the future.”
The election must first be approved House of Bishops before a consecration date is set.