AFTER almost ten years, Corpus Christi parish priest Fr Frank O’Dea will this weekend say his last Mass in Moyross.
Fr O’Dea has been appointed to the West Limerick parish of Dromcollogher-Broadford.
He will be replaced on the northside of the city by Fr Tony O’Riordan, who deputised for Fr O’Dea when he was on a recent sabbatical in the USA.
Normally, a priest would have a term of six years in a parish, before moving on.
But Fr O’Dea proved so popular in Moyross, he has been parish priest for nine years.
“The highlights would be the camaraderie, and the support the people have given me. There is such a great family spirit in the area: everyone looks out for each other in so many ways,” Fr O’Dea said.
Asked what he feels is his biggest achievement during his time in Moyross, Fr O’Dea said he hopes he has helped build a “compassionate community.
“My achievement hopefully would have been in some way contributing in some way to making Corpus Christi a compassionate place for people to live, and to support one another. It is difficult to quantify what your achievements are, but I think the sense of closeness, and having the ability to co-operate with people in the community to build a parish,” he told the Limerick Leader.
Mostly, he will miss the close knit nature of Corpus Christi.
He said: “I will miss the fabric of the parish, the church, the school. It is a real close-knit community physically, as well as emotionally.”
He described his transfer to West Limerick as a “natural movement.”
Fr O’Riordan will move into the Corpus Christi parish on a permanent basis this Saturday. Last year, the Bulgaden-born cleric celebrated his silver jubilee.