Last Saturday night was a very special occasion in the parish of Powerstown/Lisronagh when a Benemerenti medal was presented to Powerstown church sacristan Jimmy Ryan by Bishop of Waterford and Lismore William Lee.
The presentation of the medal at Powerstown church in front of his extended family, friends and parishioners also marked one hundred years of service to Powerstown church by the Ryan family.
In 1912 Mrs. Mary O’Meara was appointed as sacristan to Powerstown church. She held that position for fifty four years until 1966. She received a blessing from Pope Paul VI for her long service.In 1966 her daughter Brigid O’Meara succeeded her as sacristan and took care of the church until 1986. She was succeeded by her nephew Jimmy Ryan who continues to serve the parish as sacristan today.
It was a very proud occasion for Jimmy as he was presented with the medal before a packed church. The ceremony was attended by his five daughters . Antoinette, Angela, Patricia, Rose and Mary and his son Joe.The combined senior and folk choirs of the parish sang beautifully on the occasion.Bishop Lee was in attendance at the Mass which was celebrated by Fr.Peter Ahearne, P.P. He was presented with the Benemerenti medal, which means ‘Well Merited’ which is a special tribute from the Pope to acknowledge long, faithful and outstanding service to the church.
The Chairman of the Parish Council Larry O’Gorman thanked Bishop Lee for attending and made a presentation to him on behalf of the parishioners.
The Parish Council Chairman thanked the Ryan family for their one hundred years of dedicated and loyal service.He praised the role played by Jimmy Ryan and wished him well for the future.