The Rev John Alderdice, Director of Ministry at Edgehill Theological College, was one of three canons to be installed by Dean Hull at a service of thanksgiving on Thursday 23 April in Down Cathedral. The service marked the reordering and redecoration of the Cathedral, and Mr Alderdice and Brother Eric Loisel from Holy Cross Monastery (Order of St Benedict) were the Cathedral’s first ever ecumenical canons. The third canon to be installed was the Rev Mark Harvey, rector of St Mary’s Ballybeen, as Prebendary of Dunsford.
Canon Alderdice, formerly Methodist Chaplain at Queen’s, said, ‘I regard it as a real privilege and a joy to be installed as an ecumenical canon. I have had many years of working with colleagues and friends in the Church of Ireland and I look forward to many more.’