In a simple but joyful ceremony in St.Cronan’s Catholic Church, Roscrea on recently, Miss Frankie Bergin received the Bene Merenti Medal from Bishop Walsh. Surrounded by her relatives, friends and well-wishers Frankie made clear her deep appreciation and thanks for the significant honour paid to her. The chief celebrant of the Mass was Bishop Walsh and concelebrants included Dom Laurence of Mt.St.Joseph’s with Local clergy Fr. Pat Treacy, Fr.Michael Harding, and Fr. Tom Corbett.
Bishop Willie Walsh, Frankie Bergin and Fr Tom Corbett at a special ceremony in Roscrea last in which Frankie was
awarded the Bene Merenti medal
Friends and family of Frankie Bergin celebrate the Papal honours bestowed upon Frankie on Thursday last at a special ceremony in St Cronan’s Church to help mark the momentous occasion.
In his introduction to the Mass, Bishop Walsh spoke of Frankie’s outstanding service and contribution to the life of the parish. In presenting Frankie to receive the Medal, Fr. Corbett told the congregation that the “Bene Merenti (to one well deserving) award is granted only to individuals who played significant and enduring roles in the life of the Church and Parish as choir member, choir director, organist and leader for an enviable number of years’. The award is a recognition by the universal church of the role Frankie Bergin had played “presiding in style from your throne, dare I say it, high in the organ gallery, surrounded by your singing angels” A letter from Bishop Kieran O’Reilly was read in which he noted “ how important you have been in the liturgical life of the parish and the support you have been to the priests in their ministry”. Bishop Walsh then presented the Papal award to a smiling Frankie and all present acknowledged her and her achievements. Her friend Ray Herity played a celebratory piece on the clarinet and provided fitting music for the occasion and Mass. Numerous friends tried to get pictures and Frankie responded with obvious enjoyment of the ceremony.
The reception in the Legion Hall was most enjoyable, food and service were excellent and mood was joyful. The words of Dan Smith, a friend and former president of the Cistercian College, were much appreciated as was the bouquet of flowers presented to the Bene Merenti by Mary Pyne, parish secretary of St.Cronan’s.