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International Reunion For Priests In Saint Patrick’s College

Saint Patrick’s College here in Thurles, County Tipperary, will welcome visitors from all over the world on Tuesday next as it hosts its International reunion for past students.

More than 100 priests from five continents will assemble  for this ninth reunion of past pupils of the former seminary.

The reunion is held every five years and among the visitors expected this year is retired Bishop Thomas Flanagan of San Antonio, Texas.

Highlight of this nostalgic week-long celebration will be a con-celebrated Mass in Thurles Cathedral this coming Thursday with the homily being given by Rev Fr. Eugene Baker.

The chief celebrant at the Mass will be the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, His Grace, Dr Dermot Clifford.

Speaking this week the College President Fr. Tom Fogarty stated;

This is a big event for the college and all alumni, as it gives them the opportunity to gather where they previously spent six years training. They can meet old friends and reminisce about their days in the seminary and about their work as priests. For the past number of  years, we have been a college of education, training students to become secondary school teachers in religion, Irish and Business Studies, but we are keen to keep in contact with alumni as they have helped Saint Patrick’s College build up an excellent reputation around the world.

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