Long serving DFA farewelled
On Friday 26th July 2013, Bishop McKenna hosted a Diocesan function to farewell and thank Mr Hugh O'Reilly, who has served the Diocese of Bathurst for nearly 25 years.
Hugh retired as Diocesan Financial Administrator after commencing work as Manager of the Development Fund back in October 1988.
Hugh has seen many changes in the financial structures of the Diocese over the years, indeed he has been an integral part of meeting the ever changing financial challenges the Diocese has faced.
Around 80 people attended the celebration at Matthew Quinn House in honour of Hugh. Wife Mimi, daughters Susan and Therese, Therese's husband Kevin and their 8 month old daughter Emma and Hugh's sister Kath, were among the special guests. Others from across the Diocese included priests, principals, parish secretaries and members of various Diocesan Boards who had worked with Hugh over the past three decades.
Some of Hugh's colleagues from other Dioceses were also present, travelling from Armidale and Canberra.
In his address, Bishop McKenna thanked Hugh for his enormous contribution to the Diocese of Bathurst and for his dedicated and selfless service, which was often above and beyond the call of duty.
In his usual humble way, Hugh expressed his thanks to all those who had worked with him over the years and said he had felt priviledged to have been able to spend so many years working for the Church. Hugh also thanked his family, "...without whom none of this would have been possible".
Hugh will be busy in his retirement. He hopes to spend some quality time with his family, see a bit more of his beautiful grandaughter Emma and has undertaken the role of Secretary of Bathurst Rotary.
Thank you Hugh - for all you've been and for all you've done for so many over these years. We hope your retirement is a long and happy one.
All photos courtesy of Jenny Seabrook
More photos available HERE