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First Lay Canons are appointed at St Anne's

By Staff Reporter

Two church veterans have been named as the first Lay Canons at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

Myrtle Kerr, a parishioner of Clonallon and Warrenpoint with Kilbroney, and her late husband Cecil moved from the chaplaincy in Queen's University to establish the Christian Renewal Centre in Rostrevor in 1974.

She was introduced by the Bishop of Down and Dromore, the Rt Rev Harold Miller, who said he "could not think of a more suitable person" for this role.

Robert Kay, who is a parishioner of Agherton in Portstewart and former lay honorary secretary of the Diocese of Connor, was introduced by Bishop Alan Abernethy, who described him as a "giving person".

The appointment of Lay Canons to Church of Ireland Cathedrals became possible in 2010. Mrs Kerr and Mr Kay are the first to be appointed at St Anne's.

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