St Patrick's Church, Wellington celebrates 100 years

On Sunday 28th September, Bishop Michael McKenna concelebrated Mass with Father Tony Hennessy, celebrating 100 years since the laying of the foundation stone of St. Patrick's Church, Wellington in 1914. More than 250 people were at the Mass, marking this important occasion.

Celebrations than continued with a luncheon and art exhibition where long-time parishioner, Lorna Sheridan told the crowd of more than 200 people, that this was a special day for her family and the community, with her family's involvement going back more than 140 years. 

"In 1857 Bishop Polding visited Wellington and celebrated Mass at the home of (my Great, Great Grandfather), Thomas Sullivan in Montefiores," she said.  This house would later be the home of the first resident Priest of Wellington, Father Patrick White, and was his presbytery for four-and-a-half years." 

Guests learnt about the interesting history of St. Patrick's and the generosity and support of the strong Parish that is based in Wellington.

Information and photos courtesy of The Wellington Times