The Societys 89th Annual General Meeting and reception were held on Thursday 23rd May 2013 in The Throne Room at Archbishops House preceded by Mass in the Cathedral for members of the Society both present and past, their family and friends.
There were nearly 100 members and their guests with The Archbishop attending as the principal guest together with his private Secretary.
The event was marked by the retirement of John Barrie as both Chairman and member of Council. John has served for 25 years as a Council member with the last 10 years as Chairman. He was thanked not only by His Grace but also by the new Chairman Michael Milbourn.
The new Chairman also welcomed His Grace and other guests before handing over cheques amounting to £40,000 which will go towards the upkeep of Archbishops House.
His Grace responded by thanking the new Chairman and members of the Society for their continued support with last years financial contribution going towards a number of projects within Archbishops House including the renovation of the lift. In addition His Grace paid particular thanks to John Barrie for his tremendous work and support he had shown over many years and he wished him well in his retirement.
His Grace also went on to talk in some detail about the day of the election of Pope Francis and the impact that had and will have on the Church not only in this country but also across the world.
After the speeches everyone enjoyed the opportunity to mingle and socialise with snacks and a glass or two of wine. As was the case in 2012 a small group of members with the consent of His Grace the Archbishop were led on a tour of the House by Sister Carmel.
Below are a selection of photographs taken of the AGM and Reception.