Paul Colton
William Paul Colton is the Church of Ireland
Church of Ireland
The Church of Ireland is an autonomous province of the Anglican Communion. The church operates in all parts of Ireland and is the second largest religious body on the island after the Roman Catholic Church...

's Bishop of Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross
Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross
The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross is the Church of Ireland Ordinary of the united Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross in the Province of Dublin....

. He is now perhaps best known for being the priest who officiated at the wedding of footballer David Beckham
David Beckham
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 and Spice girl Victoria Adams
Victoria Beckham
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 on July 4, 1999 at the medieval Luttrellstown Castle
Luttrellstown Castle
Luttrellstown Castle, dating from the early 15th century , is located near Clonsilla on the outskirts of Dublin, Ireland. It has been owned variously by the eponymous and notorious Luttrell family, by the bookseller Luke White and his descendants Baron Annaly, by the Guinness family, the Primwest...

 on the outskirts of Dublin.

He studied law at University College, Cork (part of the National University of Ireland
National University of Ireland
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) and Theology at Trinity College, Dublin
Trinity College, Dublin
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. He was consecrated bishop at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
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, on Thursday 25 March 1999—the Feast of the Annunciation. He was enthroned in St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork on 24 April 1999, in St Colman's Cathedral, Cloyne
Cloyne is a small town to the south-east of the town of Midleton in eastern County Cork, Province of Munster, Ireland. It is also a see city of the Anglican Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, while also giving its name to a Roman Catholic diocese...

 on 13 May 1999, and in St. Fachtna's Cathedral, Ross on 28 May 1999. In September 2010 Bishop Colton was invested as a Knight in the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem at a ceremony in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.

His hobbies include both Canon law
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 and Manchester United Football Team
Manchester United F.C.
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. He was also a member of St. FinBarre's Cathedral Scout
Boy Scout
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 Troop, the 2nd Cork, Scouting Ireland S.A.I.
Scouting Ireland S.A.I.
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 (now Scouting Ireland
Scouting Ireland
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Ecclesiastical career

  • Curate of Lisburn
    DemographicsLisburn Urban Area is within Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area and is classified as a Large Town by the . On census day there were 71,465 people living in Lisburn...

     St. Paul (Connor) 1984 - 1987
  • Bishop's Domestic Chaplain (Connor) 1985 - 1990
  • Vicar Choral Belfast Cathedral
    St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast
    St Anne's Cathedral, also known as Belfast Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Donegall Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland...

     (St. Anne) 1987 - 1990
  • Minor Canon Belfast Cathedral ( St. Anne) 1989 - 1990
  • Incumbent of Castleknock
    Castleknock is a suburb of Dublin, Ireland. It is in the west of the modern administrative county of Fingal within the traditional county of Dublin. It is located west of the centre of Dublin....

     and Mulhuddart
    Mulhuddart is a suburb situated to the north-west of Dublin city, in the barony of Castleknock, Ireland. The River Tolka passes near the village.-Location and access:The N3 dual carriageway now by-passes the village...

     with Clonsilla
    Clonsilla is a suburb of Dublin in the district of Fingal, Ireland.-Location and access:Originally a small village in its own right, Clonsilla is now a large residential suburban area, with Ongar and other localities developing their own subsidiary identities...

     (Dublin) 1990 - 1999
  • Priest Vicar, Registrar and Chapter Clerk of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 1990 - 1995
  • Rural Dean of St. Mary's ( Dublin) 1994 - 1999
  • Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 1997 - 1999
  • Chairman Connor Youth Council 1986 - 1990
  • Member of Interchurch Marriages Preparation Course 1991 - 1998
  • Co-ordinator of Religious Programmes involving the Protestant Churches at Raidió Teilifís Éireann
    Raidió Teilifís Éireann
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     1993 - 1999
  • Hon. Chaplain, Actors Church Union 1994 ~ 1997 Area Chaplain (Ireland) 1996 - 1997
  • Member of Central Committee, Conference of European Churches 1992 - 1997
  • Church of Ireland Representative at the Porvoo Conversations and Porvoo Communion
    Porvoo Communion
    The Porvoo Communion is a communion of 12 mainly northern European Anglican and Lutheran churches. It was established in 1992 by an agreement entitled the Porvoo Common Statement which establishes full communion between and among the churches...

     Contact Group 1989 - 1999
  • Secretary of the Church of Ireland General Synod 1999
  • Research Associate at the Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University, 2006
  • Member of the General Committee of the Ecclesiastical Law Society, 2006
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