Archdeacon McClay elected Bishop of Down and Dromore

The Episcopal Electoral College meeting yesterday in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, elected Archdeacon David McClay, as the new Bishop of Down and Dromore. He succeeds the Rt Revd Harold Miller who retired at the end of September.

The Venerable David McClay is Archdeacon of Down and Rector of Willowfield Parish Church, in East Belfast. He was previously Rector of Kilkeel and has served his whole ordained ministry to date in the Diocese of Down and Dromore. He was born and raised in the Diocese of Raphoe,

The bishop-elect said: “I would like to ask people to pray that I would always be a godly leader, that I would be one who would be faithful to Christ, and that I will always give my best in the role of a bishop in God’s Church, enabling the Church of Ireland in Down and Dromore and in Ireland to thrive.”


The Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, said: “I wish to congratulate David McClay on his election as Bishop of Down and Dromore. An experienced parish clergyperson and archdeacon, he has a strong reputation as someone with a heart for the dispossessed and lonely, and I would wish him and his family God’s blessing and every fulfilment in his future ministry.”

The Ven Roderic West, Archdeacon of Dromore, has offered his congratulations to the new Bishop Elect.

He said: “I offer my warmest congratulations to David on his election as the Bishop of Down and Dromore.

“I have known David for many years and we have worked together in the diocese since we were ordained. He is a good friend, a great colleague and a faithful disciple of Jesus. His call to be bishop is a further step on that journey of discipleship. God has called him, gifted him and will further equip him for this new season and his new responsibilities.

“I assure David, Hilary and the family of my prayers in this next stage of ministry.”

Following approval by the House of Bishops, the bishop-elect will be consecrated as a bishop on a date to be determined.