Jubilee Celebrations

July 29, 2009 1:20 pm

St. Carthage’s Cathedral Lismore was the venue on the 27th July for the celebration of 135 years of priestly service by three priests. Father Bernard Ryan (Diamond Jubilee) Father Vincent Doyle (Golden Jubilee) and Father Michael Nugent (Silver Jubilee) were acknowledged at a concelebrated Mass celebrated by the Bishop of Lismore Most.Rev. Geoffrey Jarrett and twenty eight priests and two Deacons. At the Mass, Bishop Jarrett spoke of the dedicated service of the three priests and the areas of work in which they had been engaged in many places in the Diocese. He said it was appropriate to acknowledge their priestly ministry in this the Year for Priests. Father Bernard Ryan, a priest of the Marist Order, was born in Wellington, New Zealand on September 1st, 1924. He received his primary and secondary education in Wellington. He spent a year in the civil service and part time university. He began his studies for the Priesthood in 1942 and was ordained to the Priesthood on the 11th December 1949. His work as a priest has included teaching,administration as Rector, Superior and Superior General of the Marist Order. He was based in Rome from 1977 until 1985. He began his work in the Lismore Diocese in 1990 as a key member of Aboriginal ministry. He continues to maintain his interest among the Dungutti, Gumbayngirr and Bunbjulang people of Australia/Oceania. Father Vincent Doyle was born in Maclean on the 11th November 1935. His primary and secondary education took place in Maclean and Grafton. He studied for the Priesthood at St. Columba’s College, Springwood and St.Patrick’s College Manly. He was ordained to the Priesthood at St. Mary’s church, Grafton on the 19th July 1959. He has served in many parishes in the Lismore diocese and went on loan to the Diocese of Wewak, New Guinea in 1969. He returned to work in the Lismore Diocese in 1974. His last parish appointment was Parish Priest of Bangalow / Byron Bay from 1992 to 1998. On the 25th March 1998, he retired to Lismore where he currently resides. Father Michael Nugent was born in Lismore on the 10th July 1954, the son of the late John and Mary Nugent. He received his early education at Glen Innes Public School, Our Lady Help of Christians School at South Lismore and at Marist Brothers High School Lismore. He commenced his studies for the Priesthood at St. Columba’s College Springwood and then at Banyo Seminary. He was ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop John Satterthwaite at Lismore on the 17th February 1984. He served as assistant priest at Tweed Heads, Port Macquarie, Murwillumbah and Grafton. He was also Administrator at Camden Haven and Ballina until parish priests were appointed to those parishes. He served as Parish Priest of Coraki Parish from 1994 until 2008. He retired in March 2008 and is living in Lismore. Speaking on behalf of the Jubilarians, Father Vincent Doyle spoke of the happiness of the day and the gratitude he and his fellow jubilarians felt for the support given to them by so many people here and beyond. They were especially pleased to have in the congregation two representatives of the Bunbjalung people, Ms Robyne Bancroft and Ms Lenore Parker.