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'Adopting my two children has been the best experience of my whole life': What I Believe with Canon Shane Forster

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Canon Shane Forster

Canon Shane Forster

Canon Shane Forster

Canon Shane Forster will be installed tomorrow as Dean of Armagh and Keeper of the Robinson Library. He is married to Kathleen and they have two adoptive children, Timothy (13) and Emma (9).

Q. Can you tell us something about your background?

A. I was born in 1972, in Belfast, the year often referred to as the worst of the Troubles. Both my parents are from Church of Ireland backgrounds, my father Tom in Co Cavan and my mother Carolyn in Belfast. I have a younger brother, Mark. I was educated at Downey House and Methodist College Belfast before continuing my studies at Queen's University and Trinity College Dublin. I was ordained in 1996 and served my curacy in Drumglass Parish, Dungannon, before becoming rector of the parochial group of Donaghmore and Donaghmore Upper in 1999 and then rector of Ballymore Parish, Tandragee, in 2006. I have been chaplain to four successive Archbishops of Armagh and I am a Canon of St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.


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