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Deacons ordained in Clogher Diocese to address need in own parishes

The Bishop of Clogher, Right Revd John McDowell with Revd Colin Brownsmith and Revd Abraham Storey, ordained as OLM deacons

THE first `OLM' deacons to serve parishes in the Clogher Diocese have been ordained.

Colin Brownsmith and Abraham Storey were installed during a service at St Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen following their training in Ordained Local Ministry (OLM).

The ordination was conducted by the Church of Ireland Bishop of Clogher, the Right Rev John McDowell.

The term OLM applies to those who are ordained as deacons and priests to serve in their own parish only.

Those being ordained through this route are to help address the needs of ministry throughout Ireland.

Rev Brownsmith will serve one year in St Macartin's assisting the Dean, Rev Kenneth Hall. Rev Storey will serve for one year in the Grouped Parishes of Maguiresbridge and Derrybrusk.

Bishop McDowell told a large congregation and representatives of parishes where both men served as Diocesan Readers, that they were not merely taking up a new job.

"They are taking up a new order, a Holy Order. It is not simply a change in what they do but what they are, ministers of God," he said.

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