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Bishop elected Primate.


THE Bishop of Connor the Rt Rev Alan Harper was yesterday elected to succeed Archbishop Robin Eames as the new Church of Ireland Primate.

Eleven members of the Church of Ireland House of Bishops, excluding Archbishop Eames, elected the Bishop, who has lived in Northern Ireland for more than 40 years.

Dr Harper said: "I am deeply humbled and honoured by the trust placed in me by my colleagues.

"I pray that God will guide me in fulfilling the responsibilities of the role of Archbishop of Armagh."

Bishop Harper, 62, from England, was ordained in 1979 and elected Bishop of Connor in 2001.

Archbishop Eames of Armagh said: "His many gifts which I have seen at first hand together with his deep spirituality will equip him to provide the Church with prayerful and wise leadership."

Bishop Harper and his wife Helen, parents of Catherine, Richard, Emma and Ann, are expecting their first grandchild in April.


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 11, 2007
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