Revd Ferran Glenfield consecrated Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and ArdaghSunday 02 June 2013
Revd Samuel Ferran Glenfield has been ordained and consecrated as the Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh by the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. The service took place on 31 May, the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh.
Bishop Glenfield was formerly the rector of Hillsborough Parish in the Diocese of Down and prior to that, rector of Kill O the Grange in Dublin Diocese.
The service was attended by a large number of clergy and lay people from across the Church of Ireland as well as the Glenfield family – Mrs Jean Glenfield and children, Michael, Esther and Richard – and the new bishop’s friends and well–wishers, not least from the Dioceses of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh in which he will now serve.
The Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, was assisted in the consecration ceremony by the Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe, the Rt Revd Trevor Williams, and the Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, the Rt Revd Patrick Rooke. Bishop Harold Miller, who is currently in the USA, was represented by his Commissary, the Rt Revd Kenneth Clarke, the former Bishop of Kilmore and now Director of the South American Missionary Society (SAMS) in the UK and Ireland.
The preacher at the service was the Revd Canon Andy Lines, Mission Director of Crosslinks. In his sermon, based on the text 2 Corinthians 4:1–10, Canon Lines outlined the features of ministry which St Paul draws out and which, he proposed, ‘Need to mark Ferran as a bishop in the Church of Ireland’.
A reception followed in the Royal School Armagh.