The Diocese of Galloway has appointed the first lay woman Chancellor. Ann Tierney will take up her post on Friday 1 July.
Commenting on the appointment, Bishop Bill Nolan of Galloway said:
“I am delighted that Ann Tierney has agreed to accept this post. She has been the PA to my two predecessors, Bishop Taylor and Bishop Cunningham. She is well respected by the clergy and laity of the Diocese and she is eminently qualified to carry out this role.”
“I have been with the diocese for the last thirty years and have carried out a wide variety of tasks during that time. It is an honour to have been considered for this position and I now look forward to the additional challenges which this new appointment will bring.”
The position of Chancellor in most Dioceses is carried out by a priest, but can be fulfilled by a lay person. Ann Tierney is the first lay woman to hold this post.
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Notes to Editors
1. In canon law the Chancellor’s primary role is to maintain the curial records, but in practice in most Dioceses the Chancellor has a wider role. In the Galloway Diocese, as Chancellor, Ann Tierney will have responsibility and oversight for the running of the Diocesan Office. For most people the Chancellor will be the key person and first port of call in their dealings with the Diocese.
2. A photograph of Ann Tierney is available on request.