By Sr Marian Ward
In recognition of Fr Bernard Boylan’s dedication and commitment of nearly twenty-four years as Parish Priest, a farewell party was organised by the parishioners of St Theodore of Canterbury Church, Hampton-on-Thames, a wonderful and extremely well attended event.
Fr Bernard formed a great bond of affection for his congregation and embraced people from all walks of life, as attested by the Vietnamese Community at St Theodore’s. He now moves on to become Chaplain at St Vincent’s Nursing Home in Pinner.
Fr Bernard concelebrated his last Mass on Saturday 26th January with his brother Monsignor Anthony Boylan, Fr Dominic Byrne, Fr John Perrotta SDP, Fr Carlo SDP, Fr Simon Nguyen, Deacon Paul Song Trong and Deacon Duncan MacPherson.
Parishioners gave a warm welcome to Fr Dominic Byrne who takes over from Fr Bernard as the new Parish Priest.