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New Bishop of Clogher Ian W Ellis 'humbled' by his election


Delight: Rector of Rossorry Canon Ian W Ellis was chosen via an online vote

Delight: Rector of Rossorry Canon Ian W Ellis was chosen via an online vote

Delight: Rector of Rossorry Canon Ian W Ellis was chosen via an online vote

A prominent clergyman has been elected as a Church of Ireland bishop in an online vote.

The Revd Canon Dr Ian W Ellis, Rector of Rossorry, has been chosen as the next Bishop of Clogher by the Episcopal Electoral College.

He succeeds the Most Revd John McDowell, who took office as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland in April.

Archbishop McDowell said: "I am delighted to announce the election of Canon Ian Ellis as my successor as Bishop of Clogher.

"Everyone who knows Canon Ellis will have been impressed by the dedication, pastoral care and intelligence which he has brought to his vocation in the Church and in education.

"I look forward to welcoming him into the House of Bishops and to arranging for his consecration as soon as is practicable."

Canon Ellis is married to Heather and they have three grown-up children.

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The bishop-elect said: "I am deeply humbled to be elected today by the Electoral College as Bishop-elect of Clogher and intensely conscious of the honour and responsibility bestowed upon me.

"I pray that I may fulfil the trust that has been placed in me and I look forward to working with the great team of diocesan clergy and laity.

"This is a wonderful diocese and Heather and I have been so happy serving here during my ministry as Rector of Rossorry, and I look forward to getting to know the people of the wider diocese in the near future.

"I pray that God may guide us all to serve him in this part of the Kingdom of God."

Following ratification of his election by the House of Bishops, Canon Ellis will be consecrated as a bishop on a date to be set.

After graduating from Queen's University Canon Ellis taught physics in Antrim Grammar until he entered the ministry, being ordained in 1989 for St Mark's Parish, Armagh, serving as curate assistant.

From 1991 Canon Ellis served as Rector of Loughgall and Grange for 11 years in the Diocese of Armagh. During this time he was editor of the Armagh Diocesan Magazine for eight years, a member of Armagh Diocesan Ordinands' Committee, General Synod, Standing Committee, Armagh Diocesan Board of Education, and Armagh Diocesan Council.

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