Bishop at St Francis School

Bishop Denis Nulty.   Photo Kevin Byrne
Bishop Denis Nulty is coming to St Francis’ School in Portlaoise, to hold a school Mass to mark the feastday of St Francis.

Bishop Denis Nulty is coming to St Francis’ School in Portlaoise, to hold a school Mass to mark the feastday of St Francis.

The bishop was invited to the school. which caters for 80 children with learning disabilities, by student Jack Keely from Crannagh, who will be altar server.

The Mass will be celebrated on the morning of Friday October 3, the day before the feastday, by Bishop Nulty and by Fr Paddy Byrne, the school chaplain and chairperson of the Board of Management.

“It is the first visit by Bishop Nulty to St Francis School, he is visiting every school in the dioceses. St Francis himself stood for supporting, including and empowering those who need it most, and we are very proud of the school, we are trying our best to see it will be more than a collection of prefabs. We hope the visit will highlight our appeal for a new building,” Fr Byrne said.

Chairperson of the Parents Council of St Francis School is Breda Oxley.

“We are absolutely thrilled, all the parents are so excited. It is wonderful that the Bishop is taking such a personal interest in a small school for children with disabilities. It is very symbolic of Pope Francis’ message of taking care of the most vulnerable,” she said.