St Patrick's Day Dinner 2016

St Patrick's Day is always a special day in the Diocese of Bathurst, given our Irish heritage and the fact that St Patrick is the patron Saint of our Diocese, but this St Patrick's Day also coincided with the sesquicentenary of the Diocese. To mark this occasion, the Diocese hosted a St Patrick's Day Dinner at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, where there was a sea of green with more than 240 guests attending the evening. 

Given this year is also the 150 anniversaries of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Mercy, both Congregations were special guests on the night, acknowledging their contribution to our Diocesan story.

Many guests had the opportunity to catch up with friends from the past and present on the rare occasion that people from so many places were in the one location. Guests travelled from Wollongong, Dubbo, Wellington, Gilgandra, Orange, Mudgee and beyond to be a part of the evening. 

The evening included a “Conversation exploring our Irish Heritage”, led by Michael Croke with representatives from our Irish clergy, religious sisters and parishioners including Father Pat Ruane, Sister Ruth Croome rsj, Sister Dr Paula Smith rsm and Geoff and Brigid Mann. Father Pat gave an enligthening account of growing up in Ireland and how the Church has changed since then. Sisters Ruth and Paula described the challenges that their Irish predecessors faced and how they shaped the Sisters of St Joseph and Sisters of Mercy to what they are today. 

The Nodding Thistles provided music and entertainment throughout the evening and it was lovely to see so many enjoy an Irish jig or two.

Many thanks goes to Michael Croke, the panelists and the organising committee.  A special thanks to the St Stanislaus and MacKillop musicians who provided entertainment prior to dinner as well as the wait staff from both schools who provided excellent service on the night.

More photos from the evening can be accessed via dropbox HERE 

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