Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Medals all around at Redhill and Reigate

Bishop Kieran and Pat Conroy and his wife
Before Christmas Bishop Keiran presided at the main Mass at St. Joseph’s, Redhill and presented both a Papal Bene Merenti and a Diocesan St Philip Howard Medal. The Bene Merenti was given to Pat Conroy in recognition of his many years of service up to his recent retirement. He joined the finance committee in 1972, soon becoming chairman, a post he held until May this year. During this period two major projects were achieved; the building of the ‘new’ church in Ladbroke Road to replace the original one on the Brighton Road and the recently opened Parish Centre. He was also a Founding Governor of St. Bede’s School which was created through the amalgamation of St. Joseph’s Secondary School, and Bishop Simpson Church of England School. He is also an active member of the Catenians.

The St. Philip Howard Medal was awarded to Joe Welsby. He has been a stalwart of our Parish for many years, reliable and conscientiously being a sacristan and key holder of St Joseph’s church for 20 years. In 2010 he stepped down as his physical infirmity and impaired vision developed but he is still the leader of the Advent Group, a group providing opportunities for senior citizens to meet and socialise.

It was a pleasure to welcome back for the occasion Fr. Laurence Quin Morris, former Parish Priest, now living in Canada.
Joe Welsby with his wife Fr Laurence and Fr Chris Spain current parish priest

Earlier in the month at Holy Family Church Reigate there was a surprise presentation to Mrs. Marion Harris in recognition of 18 years service as local secretary of Missio. The certificate signed by Archbishop Vincent Nicholls and Canon James Cronin, National Director of Missio and the Superior General of the Mill Hill Fathers, was presented by Mrs. Eileen Tomkins. Marion was recruited by her predecessor; she thought she was taking on the role of Promoter and only discovered it was a bigger job when files were handed over!

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