Earlier today Archbishop George Stack travelled to the parish of Our Lady & St. Patrick, Maesteg to personally thank a parishioner for actively working in the parish for nearly 70 years.
Mr. Tom Bolger became active in his home parish at the age of 18 when he joined the Young Catholic Mens Club (YCMS). Taking part in the group he would listen to guest speakers, compete with the parish rugby team and actively work around the grounds of the church. As he grew he became an officer of the club helping to arrange events and speakers for the men of the parish. The YCMS was eventually renamed the CMS and his work continued.
Tom has literally climbed the rafters for the church over the years and for the past 25 years he has welcomed people to Mass and helped sell the Catholic Newspapers. He is very much a familiar face to anyone who has visited the parish. He recently retired from the role but still helps take the collection from time to time!
In presenting Tom with the Service Medal, Archbishop George thanked him for his steadfast faith and witness to Christ and the Church.
Fr. Michael Doyle, parish priest of Maesteg, said of Mr. Bolger:
“Having known Tom all of my life, it has been joy for me to witness his faith and service recognised. When I told Tom the Archbishop was coming to thank him personally he was slightly embarrassed. Tom has always been a hard working man of deep faith and humility. We thank him for all he has done and all he continues to do for our parish”.