Friday, 14 December 2012

Primatial Installation

The Most Reverend Richard Lionel Clarke shall be enthroned as Lord Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland and Metropolitan tomorrow, Saturday, 15th December, 2012.

Dr Clarke, a widowed father of two from Dublin and 105th in the succession of abbots, bishops and archbishops of Armagh since St Patrick, will be enthroned at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh.

He was educated at Trinity College Dublin and King’s College London.

The Archbishop-Elect began his career as a curate at Holywood, County Down; worked in Dublin, as dean in residence at Trinity; Dean of Cork; and Perth in Scotland.

Dr Clarke's wife Linda died in 2009, and he has a son and daughter, both of whom are medical doctors; and an 18-months-old grandson.

He lists poetry, biography and both classical and jazz music among his loves and has a keen interest in sport, especially rugby, cricket (Worcestershire County Cricket Club) and is an avid Arsenal football supporter.

Since becoming a bishop, he has been the author of two books - one on Christian belief 'And is it true?', and the other - 'A Whisper of God' - on the witness of the Christian in the world of today.

The future Lord Primate, who owns a 1979 MG sports car, will bring it to Armagh, along with his boxer dog.

It is expected that Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Armagh, the Earl of Caledon; the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; and many other personages, civic and spiritual, will be in attendance.

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