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In conversation with Archdeacon David Huss

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Strong faith: David Huss is CoI Archdeacon of Raphoe

Strong faith: David Huss is CoI Archdeacon of Raphoe

Strong faith: David Huss is CoI Archdeacon of Raphoe

The Venerable David Huss is Church of Ireland Archdeacon of Raphoe and rector of a group of parishes in Co Donegal.

Q Can you tell us something about your background?

A I am 44 years old and the younger son of Brian and Barbara Huss, from Lisburn. My brother is called Richard and my father is a retired anaesthetist. I grew up in Belfast and Lisburn, where I attended Wallace Prep School and Wallace High School. I studied at Oxford twice - in the 1990s, I read physics, then in the 2000s I read theology. My wife, Beverly, is from Dorset and she is a GP. We have three sons. Before ordination, I taught physics in a secondary school in England for five years. I was ordained in the Church of England and served there for a few years before we found our way back to Ireland, this time to Co Donegal. I became rector of a Donegal group of parishes in 2011 and, in 2013, I also became Archdeacon of Raphoe (in the Church of Ireland an Archdeacon is a kind of middle manager, assisting the Bishop in his/her administration of the diocese).