Fr Brian Griffin receives warm welcome in Slieverue

Fr Brian Griffin pictured with his nephews.

Fr Brian Griffin pictured with his nephews.

Following his ordination, Fr Brian Griffin of Milepost, son of Michael and Maureen, came to Slieverue on June 29th where he was met by local parishioners, family and friends.
Following a liturgical reception, which saw Dr Bríd Lynch presenting Fr Brian with a Chasuble on behalf of the parishioners of Slieverue, Fr Griffin also celebrated his first thanksgiving Mass in the Church of the Assumption.
Speaking to the packed congregation, which included many priests and the Bishop of Ossory, Seamus Freeman, he said he was very thankful to everyone who helped him. He paid a lovely tribute to his parents Michael and Maureen and his family members.
He added how there was a “real sense of community and pride” surrounding his ordination and his welcome home to Slieverue.
Fr Griffin said his return and Mass served as a ‘thank you’ to all those friends, family members, school friends and teachers, colleagues and community members who had helped him throughout his life and made him “the person and now the priest I have become.”
“It was a thank you to those present in the building of the Church, those who are the church and indeed those that have gone before them,” he said.
He mentioned his grandparents, The Whites of Inistioge and Griffins from Slieverue.
Those in attendance came from far and near. The striking picture was the age mix – from the 92-year-old Mr Pat Phelan to the many young boys and girls. The delightful and near ‘professional’ choir added to this special occasion.
The sacristan Mary Walsh did a wonderful job, Marley Irish looked after a lot, Katherine Grant, his former teacher and friend had a lovely choir and music arranged; Anna Griffin, Ollie’s wife, had along, with Marley and a great committee, organised the food and all that goes with it. All helped out for this great parish occasion.

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