Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Bishop Denis Nulty presented the Benemerenti medal to Ann Nolan in recognition of her voluntary service in the Graiguecullen/Killeshin Parish during mass in St. Clare’s Church in Graiguecullen, also shown is Fr. John Dunphy. Photo:

A LONG-serving member of Graiguecullen parish was recognised for her huge contribution to the Church.

Anne Nolan was presented with a Benemerenti medal on Saturday 3 September during the evening Mass in St Clare’s church by bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Denis Nulty and Fr John Dunphy. The medal is awarded to lay people and clergy for their services to the Catholic Church.

Fr Dunphy paid tribute to Ms Nolan for her extraordinary commitment in the parish. “For the last 46 years since she came to Graiguecullen, Anne has been coming up to the church every day to clean it in the evening, hail, rain or snow. A lot of people don’t realise the huge contribution people like that make. She is a very valued member of our altar society.”

During covid-19 and when the church was permitted to open under strict conditions, Anne’s contribution was invaluable. Anne also does considerable work for the Poor Clares and her efforts are entirely voluntary.

Ms Nolan is unassuming and gets on with the task at hand, driven by her faith. Anne’s late husband Chris was also actively involved in the parish,

“It’ a labour of love for Anne to be involved with the Poor Clares and the church. She doesn’t do it for recognition at all,” said Fr Dunphy.


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