THE Church of St Ninian’s in Convoy, Co Donegal was filled to capacity on September 12.
The occasion was the Institution of Rev Dr William Long as the new Rector of the Parishes of Convoy, Monellan and Donaghmore.
Dr Long previously served as Rector of Aughnacloy Parish, in the Church of Ireland diocese of Armagh. Bishop Ken Good, bishop of Derry and Raphoe diocese, performed the Institution.
The preacher at the Service was Canon Stuart Wright, Rector of Letterkenny. The local congregation was swelled by many of Dr Long’s former parishioners who made the journey from Aughnacloy. A large number of diocesan clergy and lay readers also attended.
Bishop Good was assisted by Archdeacon David Huss, in one of his first official duties as the new Archdeacon of Raphoe. Following the Service a reception was held in the neighbouring hall.
Dr Long has a doctorate in Comparative Theology, awarded by Queens University Belfast. Originally a native of Antrim he is married to Geraldine who is from Roscrea in Co Tipperary. They have two grown-up children.
A spokesperson for the diocese said “We are delighted to welcome Dr Long to the diocese. We know that he will receive the warmest of welcomes from his new parishioners, the local population and our wider diocesan family.”