Added on 05/10/2012
Cheers and loud applause greeted the institution of the Revd Joanne Megarrell as rector of Moira Parish where she has served as curate assistant since June 2003.
The preacher at the service on 4 October 2012, the Revd Canon Liz McElhinney, spoke of how Joanne had ‘grown in the hearts’ of the parishioners over the 9 years of her curacy. Canon Liz, who was for a time Joanne’s curate in her home parish of Magheralin, also spoke of Joanne’s many gifts and the positive impact she has had on the community of Moira. Those sentiments were echoed in the remarks made by the ministers of the local Presbyterian, Pentecostal and Methodist congregations who each took the opportunity to welcome Joanne in her new role as rector.
Joanne is the daughter of Albert and Irene Megarrell who now live in Waringstown and were able to attend the service. She has two sisters and a brother. Joanne, together with, the Revd Lorraine Capper, were the first two sisters to be ordained in the Church of Ireland.
After attending Lurgan College, Joanne progressed to Queen’s University, Belfast and after graduating with a B.A. (Hons) in German and Biblical Studies and subsequent PGCE, she became a teacher of German and English in Limavady.
Joanne grew up under the ministry of the late Dean Roland Hutchinson and the Revd Dr Chris Easton. She became a parish reader in Magheralin before going to the Church of Ireland Theological College, Dublin, to train for the ordained ministry. She was ordained deacon in Dromore Cathedral on 22 June 2003 to serve as curate assistant at Moira Parish.
Joanne succeeds Archdeacon Roderic West who became rector of Seapatrick Parish, Banbridge, in April 2012.
For further information, please contact
Down & Dromore Diocesan Communications Officer
Church of Ireland House
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