Due to personal reasons, the Diocese and I have come to a mutual decision to end my working contract at St Peter’s as of Friday 31st July 2020, after 17 years of loyal service.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues, parishioners, volunteers and the many wonderful friends I have made over the years. Special thanks to the Sisters of Providence and Sisters of St. Gildas’, who have supported my family over the years.
Sadly, I lost my mother at the height of the pandemic back in April. This was a very sad and difficult time for me. I would like to thank our dear family friend sister Margaret Begley, who visited mum regularly and was a great support and strength to my family over the past 45 years.
It has been a joy to work with the many priests that passed through the church over the years and I was lucky enough to have served over 12 priests (parish priests, assisting priests and supply priests.) We shared laughter, tears, sadness, happiness and many many losses.
My children grew up in the parish and attended the wonderful parish schools, St Peter’s and St Gildas’, under the excellent leadership of Miss Falvey and Mrs Rincon, where they flourished and went on to excel in their chosen University degrees, thanks to their excellent Catholic foundations in the early years.
There were many highs and lows working in this role and I witnessed many passings, two in particular, remain close to my heart, our dear Sister Margaret Corbett, my mentor, and dear friend Barbara Cotter who was a beautiful soul.
I will also take with me so many wonderful memories of parishioners and friends and those who have passed along the way.
God bless the parish and parishioners. You will be forever in my heart and prayers.
Finally a big “Thank You” to Steve Bethell who really supported me over the past two years.