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Pope Francis Honours Ashbourne Parishioners
Thursday, June 20th 2019

In recognition of their services to the Church, Pope Francis has bestowed on Brendan O’ Reilly and Áine Fitzgerald-O’ Reilly the Order of Pope St. Sylvester.  It is conferred on those who are active in the apostolate of the Church, particularly in the exercise of their professional duties.  Bishop Tom conferred the honour on Áine and Brendan in Pope Francis’ name. 

Brendan O’Reilly has served the Irish Episcopal Conference in his capacity as National Director of Catechetics and his long association with Veritas.  He was involved in the publication of ‘Share the Good News’ – a framework document for evangelisation in the Irish Church – and the production of the ‘Alive-O’ and ‘Beo go Deo’ series.  More recently, he was instrumental in the compilation of the ‘Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults’; and currently, he is translating the new ‘Grow in Love’ religion programme into Irish – I nGrá Dé.  Locally, Brendan is our chief Catechist who coordinates the catechetical programme for RCIA; he is a member of the Parish Choir and assists the parish with various workshops and conferences. 

Áine has served as a Commissioner in the Irish Girl Guides.  Parochially, she is a Minister of Holy Communion.  She is a member of the parish RCIA catechetical team, the Altar Society, the Ministry of Welcome.  Áine was one of the founding members of Ashbourne Senior Citizens.  She coordinates the local Craft Group, and visit hospitals and nursing homes.  Some of her other work includes the support of Christians—the living stones—  in the Holy Land. 



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