Connor Diocesan Curate retires after 20 years

The Rev Canon Ken Ruddock the Connor Diocesan Curate retires after 20 years.
Archdeacon George Davison, Commissary for the Bishop of Connor, visited Canon Ruddock in his Ahoghill home on Friday January 25th, 2019, to present him with a thank you gift on behalf of the diocese.

Connor Diocesan Curate retires after 20 years
Bishop of Connor’s Commissary, Archdeacon George Davison, presents a gift to Canon Ken Ruddock as a thank you from the diocese on the occasion of his retirement.

Canon Ruddock, 88, was ordained in 1953 for the curacy of St Patrick’s Parish, Ballymena. He served a further curacy in St Thomas’s, Belfast before moving to the Parish of Tomregan, in the border village of Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, in 1960. In 1968 Canon Ruddock, his wife Kathleen and three children moved to the Parish of Lower Falls, Belfast.
Canon Ruddock was rector of Whitehead and Islandmagee from 1980 until his retirement in 1996.

He was appointed Diocesan Curate in 1998. As Diocesan Curate, Canon Ruddock’s job was to ensure all churches had cover for services during vacancies, holidays and sickness. Presenting Canon Ruddock with the gift, Archdeacon Davison said: “I want to say on behalf of Connor Diocese how much we appreciate all that you have given.”

Canon Ken Ruddock will be succeeded as Diocesan Curate by Dean John Bond, former Dean of Connor.
Canon Ruddock (who incidentally won the 1.5mile Liffey Swim in Dublin in 1947) is now considering taking another University Degree!

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