Farewell night for Fa­ther Pat


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MANY FROM Bray and be­yond are ex­pected to be at the Royal Ho­tel at 7.30 p.m. on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 10 for a func­tion to mark the re­tire­ment of pop­u­lar St. Kilian’s chap­lain Fr. Pa­trick Power OFM, who has served the school and lo­cal com­mu­nity for the last 22 years.

Uni­ver­sally known as Fr. Pat, he first came to the school and the parish of Bal­ly­waltrim in 1986.

A na­tive of north Dublin City, he was ed­u­cated in Gor­manston Col­lege in Meath, Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Gal­way and in the Catholic Uni­ver­sity of Lou­vain in Bel­gium.

He was ap­pointed to the school to suc­ceed Fr. Eu­gene Bar­rett OFM, who sub­se­quently served for many years in Zim­babwe.

Fr. Pat ex­pected to stay in the school for a year. De­scrib­ing him­self as a re­luc­tant ap­pointee, he came to love the school and the town, and he has since been a reg­u­lar cel­e­brant of mar­riages and chris­ten­ings for for­mer stu­dents and parish­ioners.

‘He has al­ways had a car­ing and im­mensely pa­tient ear for stu­dents, staff and par­ents, es­pe­cially for those in dif­fi­cul­ties of any kind. His of­fice was of­ten full of stu­dents who sim­ply dropped in for a chat dur­ing breaks. He never stood in judge­ment and they liked and re­spected him hugely for it’, said school prin­ci­pal Mick Sheri­dan. ‘He will be sorely missed in the school and the town.’ Fr Pat is mov­ing to Bel­gium to take up an ap­point­ment in a Brus­sels parish, a city where he has pre­vi­ously worked and stud­ied.

He hopes that many of his friends and col­leagues from Bray will keep in touch or visit him there.

The func­tion in the Royal Ho­tel is ex­pected to be a ma­jor get-to­gether of Fr. Pat’s friends and past pupils.

Tick­ets are avail­able from John.

Fr Pat Power will be missed.

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