The new Bishop of Connor, Alan Harper, has said that the Church of Ireland faces profound challenges in changing 21st century Irish society. He was speaking at his consecration at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

Delivering the sermon, Cannon Professor Adrian Empey, Principal of the Church of Ireland Theological College, spoke of the possibility of congregations melting away in post-terrorism Ireland.

He said that no one could doubt that rebuilding trust in a diocese traumatised by three decades of paramilitary atrocity and sectarian bitterness would test the leadership of the new Bishop.