New rector for Donaghcloney parish

New rector for Donaghcloney parish

Revd Mark Lennox with his Curate Assistant, Revd George Okikiolu. Picture taken from Down and Dromore website.

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The congregations in Waringstown and Donaghcloney have welcomed their new Rector.

Rev Mark Lennox was instituted as Rector by Bishop David McClay during a service at Holy Trinity Waringstown last Thursday (January 6).

Preaching from the first few verses of 2 Timothy 2, Bishop Ken Clarke gave the following address.

He said: “Mark, you will feel stretched weak and unsure at times but be strong in the grace of Christ Jesus. Preach grace. Live in grace. Swim in the river of grace. Drink from the wells of Christ’s grace. Aim for a grace–filled ministry. Like Jesus be full of grace and truth!”  

Bishop Ken also challenged the Church to be strong in grace…. “a church of open hearts not bitter hearts, upbuilding words not hurtful comments, welcoming hands not clenched fists nor pointing fingers! The crucified hands of Jesus are open hands speaking of profound compassion, radical forgiveness and overflowing overwhelming and unending grace!” 

Rev Lennox was born and raised in Castledawson and was licensed as a Diocesan Reader in June 2005 and ordained deacon in June 2009. 

He served hus Curacy in the Parish of Maghera and Killelagh (2009 – 2012), and his first incumbency was as Bishop’s Curate in Charge of the Parish of Camus–Juxta–Mourne (Strabane, 2012–2018), both in the Diocese of Derry.

In May 2018, Rev Lennox was instituted as Rector of the Parish of Killyman, in the Diocese of Armagh, from which he now joins the Diocese of Down and Dromore.

His outside interests include watching Ulster Rugby team, exploring new places and playing golf.

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