The fourth generation of his family to become a clergyman, John Neill was educated in Dublin at the Avoca School and at Sandford Park. He attended the University of Dublin (Trinity College), Jesus College and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He became a deacon in 1969, a priest in 1970, and a bishop in 1986.
- Member, Governing Body of University College Galway (1986–97)
- Academic Council of the Irish School of Ecumenics
- President, Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland (1990–94)
- President of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (1999–2002)
- Anglican Chairman of Porvoo Contact Group since 1998
- Member, Central Committee of the World Council of Churches
At the Lambeth Conference in 1988 he proposed all the approved resolutions in respect of Women in the Episcopate and was chairman of the Church of Ireland General Synod Committee on Ordination of Women (1988–91). He has served on many central committees of the Church of Ireland covering issues such as liturgical reform, education, communications, ministry, Christian unity and synodical structures. He was co-founder and chairman of the Church of Ireland/Methodist Church Joint Theological Working Party.
Neil and his wife Betty have three sons:
- The Reverend Canon Stephen Neill, Rector of Cloughjordan, County Tipperary
- Andrew Neill, a member of the Garda Síochána
- Peter Neill, a photographer
Pastoral ministry positions
- 1969–1971: Curate of St Paul's Glenageary, Dublin
- 1971–1974: Bishop's Vicar, Diocesan Registrar and Librarian, St Canice's Cathedral, Ossory
- 1974–1978: Incumbent of Abbeystrewry Union (Ross)
- 1978–1984: St Bartholomew's with Christ Church, Leeson Park (Dublin)
- 1984–1986: Archdeacon of Waterford
- 1986–1997: Bishop of Tuam, Killalla and Achonry
- 1997–2002: Bishop of Cashel and Ossory (Elected 23 April 1997; consecrated later that month)
- 2002–2011: Archbishop of Dublin, Bishop of Glendalough, Primate of Ireland, and Metropolitan (Elected on 29 August 2002)
- See his entry at Crockford, the clerical directory of the United Kingdom & Ireland.
- www.peterneill.eu Archived 2010-01-13 at the Wayback Machine.
- Profile of the Most Revd Dr John Neill, Archbishop of Dublin. Retrieved on 8 January 2008.
- Profile of John Neill
- United Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough
- Church of Ireland
- Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
- St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin
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