Prior to the Diocesan Convention in Albany, both dioceses had been agreed for several months that the time had arrived to bring the formal link between our two dioceses to an end. The following statement is now being released by both dioceses:
Joint Statement from the Diocese of Down and Dromore in the Church of Ireland and the Diocese of Albany, New York
Our Dioceses have enjoyed a joint link for over twenty years. This is quite remarkable as most other similar links do not continue for such a long period of time. Our link has brought many benefits and blessings to both dioceses over the years. Life–long friendships have been forged. These life–long friendships will continue into the future, but the time has come in both dioceses to bring the formal aspect of this diocesan link to an end. This will enable both dioceses to pursue new partnerships that will enable them to meet their respective missional and ministry challenges for the next season.
We give thanks for all that has been achieved through our diocesan link in years past and pray God’s richest blessing upon each other as we move forward.
Bishop David McClay
On behalf of the Diocese of Down & Dromore
Mtr. Kathy Alonge–Coons
On behalf of the Diocese of Albany
11th November 2021