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John Neill

This article is about the Irish clergyman. For other persons named John Neill, see John Neill (disambiguation).

John Robert Winder Neill (born 17 December 1945) was the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin until the end of January 2011.

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.[1]


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.[citation needed]


Neil and his wife Betty have three sons:

Pastoral ministry positions


  1. ^ See his entry at Crockford, the clerical directory of the United Kingdom & Ireland.
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  3. ^ a b Profile of the Most Revd Dr John Neill, Archbishop of Dublin. Retrieved on 8 January 2008.

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Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
John Coote Duggan
Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry
Succeeded by
Richard Crosbie Aitken Henderson
Preceded by
Noel Vincent Willoughby
Bishop of Cashel and Ossory
Succeeded by
Peter Barrett
Preceded by
Walton Empey
Archbishop of Dublin
Succeeded by
Michael Jackson