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Newry man John McClelland was one of two men ordained as permanent deacons at Newry Cathedral yesterday.

Along with Michael Rooney, Ballela the two become the first permanent deacons ever ordained in Newry Parish. Principal Celebrant at the ceremony was the Most Rev Dr John McAreavey, Bishop of Dromore.

Deacon John McClelland and Michael Rooney prostrate themselves before the alter at yesterdays ceremony in Newry Cathedral.
Deacons John McClelland and Michael Rooney prostrate themselves before the Altar at yesterdays ceremony in Newry Cathedral.

Deacon McClelland was joined at his ordination by his wife and two daughters, grandchildren, brothers, in-law's and extended family circle, while Deacon Rooney was joined by his wife and four sons, parents, sister and brother, sister in-law and family circle.

John McClelland previously spent 32 years with the Fire and Rescue Service rising to Chief Fire Officer before becoming Head of Senior programmes at the Fire Service College in Gloucestershire.

Permanent Deacons John McClelland and Michael Rooney with Bishop John McAreavey at their Ordination in Newry Cathedral.
Permanent Deacons John McClelland and Michael Rooney with Bishop John McAreavey at their ordination in Newry Cathedral.

Before beginning his studies for the diaconate he held the post of Chief Executive at the Orana Children and Family Centre in Newry. Deacon McClelland will serve as permanent deacon in Newry Parish.

Michael Rooney set up genealogical research business, Iveagh Ancestry and he and his wife also have established an educational support organisation for children Kip McGrath, Craigavon.

Speaking about the ordinations, Canon Francis Brown, parish administrator, said "We the Priests and Deacons of the Diocese are very pleased to have two new deacons join us to give generously of their time and talents in the service of the people of the Diocese. The ordinations this afternoon are the culmination of four years' preparation. Our prayer this afternoon is that you will by the example of your lives, inspire those whom you serve to follow Christ more closely and bring comfort and healing to may people by what you say and what you do and encourage others to follow in your footsteps."

 

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