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Church of Ireland Bishop of Down and Dromore Reverend Harold Miller announces retirement

Church of Ireland Bishop of Down and Dromore, Reverend Harold Miller has announced his retirement
Marie Louise McConville

Church of Ireland Bishop of Down and Dromore, Reverend Harold Miller has announced his retirement.

Bishop Miller. who has held the post for more than 22 years, made the announcement during his address to the Diocesan Synod today.

The 69-years-old, who will celebrate 43 years of ordained ministry next week, will stand down on September 30.

Speaking at the Diocesan Synod, the cleric said: "As I look back over two decades, I truly give thanks for you, followers of Jesus Christ, in the diocese of Down and Dromore, whom I have had the privilege of getting to know and serve alongside.

"We have loved one another as a family, and it has been a joy to call this wonderful diocese my home".

Bishop Miller is the longest-serving Bishop of Down and Dromore since Bishop Robert Knox, who retired after 37 years in 1886.

He will give his farewell charge to the diocese at the annual Bible Week in Shankill Parish Church Lurgan, which takes place from August 27 until August 30.

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