New Rector instituted behind closed doors

The Rev’d Jonathan McFarland was instituted as Rector of the Parish of Urney at a private ceremony in a largely empty Christ Church, Urney on Friday evening, as the Covid-19 crisis forced the postponement of the planned public service.

The ceremony, which was led by the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rt Rev’d Andrew Forster, was conducted instead behind closed doors but in full compliance with the Church of Ireland’s constitutional requirements for an institution. Public health guidelines for social distancing were also observed throughout.

Bishop Forster was assisted on Friday evening by the Archdeacon of Derry, Ven. Robert Miller, and the Diocesan Registrar, Rev’d Canon David Crooks. There will be a full public service to celebrate the new Rector’s institution at a date in the future.

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