Archbishop Michael Jackson pays tribute to Dr Richard Clarke as he announces retirement

Archbishop Michael Jackson pays tribute to Dr Richard Clarke as he announces retirement
The COI Archbishop Dr Richard Clarke pictured with Prince Charles.

Archbishop of Armagh Dr Richard Clarke will step down from the role on February 2, 2020.

The Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh has announced his intention to retire.

Dr Richard Clarke will step down from the role on February 2, 2020, he told an audience in Armagh on Saturday.

The 70-year-old, who is originally from Dublin, has served as archbishop since 2012.

Archbishop Clarke made the announcement during his presidential address to the Armagh Diocesan Synod in the Crozier Hall, at St Mark’s Parish Church, Armagh.

“When I became Archbishop of Armagh at the close of 2012, I made a quiet agreement with my family, a few close friends, and myself that I would try to work on as Primate for five years, assuming of course that ill-health or mortality itself did not intervene,” he said.

“Coming towards the end of that five-year period, I would then review the situation with my family and, if all seemed to be working out reasonably well and I felt that I was still ‘up for it’, I would continue on for a further two years, but would not go on beyond that point. This latter moment in time has now arrived.”

Archbishop Clarke will carry out his duties until February 2, 2020 after which the Church of Ireland House of Bishops will consider the selection of a successor.

Reacting to the news this evening the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson said the Archbishop of Armagh and Anglican Primate of All Ireland dedicated his life to the service of God and the church.

Michael Jackson said Dr Richard Clarke's had done this in a variety of contexts within Ireland and abroad.

Archbishop Jackson said he engaged in a very 'hands on' way with church life and community life at the same time and has also served the wider Anglican Communion with diligence.

More on this topic

Letter to the Editor: Yoga can put Catholics in an ambiguous positionLetter to the Editor: Yoga can put Catholics in an ambiguous position

Priest who planned mini-exorcisms ahead of Confirmations said he would expect more of those who reported the matterPriest who planned mini-exorcisms ahead of Confirmations said he would expect more of those who reported the matter

'Not of Christian origin': Bishop of Waterford writes to schools criticising yoga in the classroom'Not of Christian origin': Bishop of Waterford writes to schools criticising yoga in the classroom

Vatican investigating claim Kenyan man’s father is missionary priestVatican investigating claim Kenyan man’s father is missionary priest


More in this Section

Protest against Co Leitrim asylum housing plans stood down with immediate effectProtest against Co Leitrim asylum housing plans stood down with immediate effect

Eoin Ó Broin: Housing is 'single biggest failure' of coalition GovernmentEoin Ó Broin: Housing is 'single biggest failure' of coalition Government

Gardaí release men arrested in connection with Lucan shootingGardaí release men arrested in connection with Lucan shooting

Gardaí investigating overnight attempted theft of ATM in LouthGardaí investigating overnight attempted theft of ATM in Louth


Lifestyle

Eclectic as ever, Esther N McCarthy eyes up a Cocteau collectible, fab craft items, and a luxury gift that keeps on giving.Wish List: Eclectric as ever

My children are now at an age where they are beginning to forge friendships outside of the parameters of their school.Lindsay Woods: 'My daughter has a friend... She’s the C C to her Hillary'

More From The Irish Examiner