A special Service of Choral Evensong was held to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Westmeath Protestant Orphan Society, on the afternoon of Sunday 22nd September.
The well-attended Service was held in the Church of St Sinian, in Tyrrelspass. The special preacher was Bishop Pat Storey. Attending the Service were clergy from the county, members of the Committee, as well as supporters and well-wishers of the work of the Society.
The Westmeath Protestant Orphan Society was founded in 1844. Throughout its history it has always held true to Christian values and service. When tragedy has visited families, the Society has always been available and willing to provide support, comfort and relief.
Bishop Pat Storey said: “I am very pleased to commend the work of dedicated volunteers over the history of the Society, up to the present day. We are genuinely grateful for the way in which the Society fulfils its work with generosity and compassion. As we celebrate a significant milestone we look forward to its continued service.”
As the Preface to the Order of Service reads, “Today that commitment is as strong and determined as it has been from the Society’s foundation and the Committee warmly welcomes all enquiries and requests for support.”
After the Service refreshments were served in the nearby Church Hall. A cake made specially to mark the anniversary was cut by Mrs Sylvia Mollison. A members of St Sinian’s, she has served on the Committee of the Society for 50 years. A speech of welcome was also made by Canon Alastair Graham, chair of the Committee