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Down and Connor diocesan changes announced by Bishop Noel Treanor

A raft of diocesan changes in Down and Connor by Bishop Noel Treanor will take effect from Friday

TWO retirements and a return to study by priests are among the pastoral needs which have prompted a raft of diocesan changes in Down and Connor by Bishop Noel Treanor, which will take effect from Friday.

"I would like to record my thanks to all involved in and affected by these appointments for their co-operation and I wish them God's blessing, good health and fulfilment in their respective ministries," Bishop Treanor said.

Very Rev Robert Butler PP Loughguile, to retire and to assist as a Pastor Emeritus.

Very Rev Patrick Neeson PP Kircubbin, to retire and to assist as a Pastor Emeritus.

Very Rev Patrick Mulholland PP Portaferry and PP Ballygalget, to be PP Loughguile.

Very Rev Feargal McGrady PP St Anne's Belfast, to be PP Portaferry and PP Ballygalget.

Very Rev Peter O'Hare PP Bright (Killough), to be PP St Anne's Belfast.

Very Rev Anthony Alexander PP Carnlough and PP Glenarm to be PP Kircubbin.

Very Rev Dermot McKay Priest in Residence in Glenarm, to be PP Carnlough and PP Glenarm.

Very Rev Peter O'Kane PP Christ the Redeemer, Lagmore, to be PP Bright (Killough).

Very Rev Colin Crossey CC Newcastle, to be PP Christ the Redeemer, Lagmore.

Rev Dominic McGrattan having completed postgraduate studies at the Catholic University of Leuven, to assist at the Living Church Office and to reside and assist part time at St Brigid's, Belfast.

Rev Manuelito Milo CC St Patrick's Belfast and Chaplain in the Mater Infirmorum Hospital, Belfast, to be nominated as Chaplain to Belfast City Hospital residing at St Paul's Belfast.

Rev Anthony McAleese newly ordained, to be CC St Patrick's Belfast and nominated as Chaplain to the Mater Infirmorum Hospital, Belfast.

Rev Andrew Black Chaplain in Belfast City Hospital, to pursue post-graduate studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome.

Rev Conor McGrath CC Drumbo and Carryduff, in addition to pursue part time post-graduate studies at the Loyola Institute, TCD, Dublin.

Rev Gerard Fox Associate Episcopal Vicar for Education, in addition to be Diocesan Secretary and Diocesan Director of the Permanent Diaconate.

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