Parishioners bid a fond farewell to Bishop Colm

Tom and Jean Chapman with Bishop Colm O'Reilly, Fr. James Regan and Des Brennan. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Last Saturday, September 14, crowds gathered in St Mel’s Cathedral Centre to wish Bishop Colm O’Reilly well in his retirement.

Last Saturday, September 14, crowds gathered in St Mel’s Cathedral Centre to wish Bishop Colm O’Reilly well in his retirement.

Though he will remain with the Longford parishioners, it seemed only fitting to mark Bishop Colm’s retirement.

The farewell mass for Bishop Colm took place on Saturday last, as he celebrated the 7.30pm vigil.

After the mass had finished, parishioners were welcomed to the school’s Assembly Hall for refreshments. Young and old gathered to wish Bishop Colm well, and of course to thank him for his many years of dedicated service in the parish, having served in Longford since 1969, as a priest, then as Bishop. Bishop Colm has also been a key figure in the restoration of St Mel’s Cathedral.

The crowds that attended the mass were truly testament to Bishop Colm’s kindness and dedication to the parish. A great night of prayer and celebration was enjoyed by all in attendance.

The ordination of the new Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise, Father Francis Duffy, will take place in St Mary’s Church, Athlone on Sunday, October 6.

See page 56 for more photographs of Bishop Colm’s farewell mass.