Farewell night for Father Pat
MOVING ON POPULAR PRIEST TO LEAVE
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.