Michael Jackson (bishop)
|The Most Reverend|
Archbishop of Dublin,|
Bishop of Glendalough,
and Primate of Ireland
|Church||Church of Ireland|
|Province||Dublin and Cashel|
|Diocese||Dublin and Glendalough|
|Elected||2 February 2011|
|Installed||8 May 2011|
|Consecration||6 March 2002|
|Birth name||Michael Geoffrey St Aubyn Jackson|
24 May 1956|
Lurgan, County Armagh
|Denomination||Church of Ireland|
|Previous post||Bishop of Clogher|
Trinity College, Dublin|
St John's College, Cambridge
Early life and family
Jackson was born in Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, the son of a Church of Ireland rector (latterly appointed Archdeacon of Elphin & Ardagh), and educated at Ballinamallard Primary School and Portora Royal School, Enniskillen. In 1979 he achieved the Louis Claude Purser Entrance Scholarship to Trinity College, Dublin. As only a Junior Freshman, he was elected as a Scholar of the College, the greatest undergraduate achievement, and as a Senior Freshman was awarded the Bishop Berkeley Gold Medal for Greek. As a Sophister, he achieved a First in the Moderatorship Part I along with a Mullins Classical Exhibition, before finally taking a first class Moderatorship II in Classics and a Gold Medal, and graduating B.A., incepting to M.A. in 1982.
He was ordained to the Anglican ministry as a deacon in 1986 and a priest in 1987. His first pastoral appointment was as a curate at Zion Parish, Dublin, and he also lectured at Trinity College, Dublin and the Church of Ireland Theological Institute (now Institute). His next appointment was as College Chaplain at Christ Church, Oxford, from 1989 to 1997 where was also a Student. He returned to Ireland and served as the Incumbent of St Fin Barre's Union and Dean of Cork, from 1997 to 2002. Jackson has held many notable positions in the Church of Ireland, including chairmanship of the Church in Society Committee and, currently, chairmanship of the Board for Social Theology.
Jackson also plays an active role in the wider Anglican Communion, especially in the areas of ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue.
Jackson was elected Bishop of Clogher by the Church of Ireland House of Bishops on 21 November 2001 and consecrated at St Patrick's Anglican Cathedral, Armagh on 6 March 2002. On 2 February 2011, he was elected Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough, and enthroned at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin on 8 May 2011, succeeding John Neill. Jackson has caused several controversies during his incumbency in Dublin, including a media fracas regarding comments about sectarianism made in a speech during the 2013 diocesan synod There was also controversy over the closure of the 200 year old Church of Ireland College of Education and its amalgamation into Dublin City University, ending the historic link with Trinity College, Dublin
- Profile of the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin Archived 2009-12-03 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 23 September 2011.
- Archbishop Michael Jackson's sermon at his enthronement in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, May 8th, 2011. Retrieved on 23 September 2011.
- New Archbishop of Dublin calls for a fresh expression of God's presence. Retrieved on 23 September 2011.
- Church of Ireland press releases
- "New Bishop of Clogher" (November 21, 2001) – announcing Jackson's election
- "Armagh Congregation Welcomes New Bishop of Clogher" (March 6, 2002) – announcing Jackson's consecration
- "Joint Christmas Message from the Bishops of Clogher" (2002) – joint message by Michael Jackson and Joseph Duffy, his Catholic counterpart
- "The Right Reverend Michael Jackson Elected as New Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough" (February 2, 2011)
|Church of Ireland titles|
| Bishop of Clogher
| Archbishop of Dublin