By Dan Walsh
Bishop of Ferns Dr Denis Brennan and Dean of Ferns, the Reverend Paul Mooney, representing the Church of Ireland community, were amongst the attendance at Fr. Patrick (Paddy) Cushen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in St. Aidan’s Church, Ferns, on Friday night.
A native of Graiguenamanagh, Fr Cushen was ordained at St. Peter’s College Wexford on June 6th, 1971, and served in Chiswick, Archdiocese of Westminister, London, before being recalled to the Diocese of Ferns to serve as curate at Murrintown, Administrator in Wexford town in 1994, became parish priest of Marshalstown in 1997 and parish priest of Ferns since 2005.
Good wishes were expressed to Fr Cushen, who planted a tree to mark the special occasion. “We would like to wish Fr Paddy every happiness and good health to carry on his ministry here in the parish (od Ferns) for many years to come,” stated a community notice on social media.
In conjunction with Fr Cushen’s special occasion Bishop Brennan bestowed Bene Merenti medals on Michael Andrews and Mary Skelton in recognition of “their outstanding work in the parish and for everything they do for the church and the parish.”