During 7pm Mass on Friday last, May 28th., a Papal Knighthood was conferred on Eugene Doyle. The Knighthood was conferred by Bishop Brennan on behalf of Pope Francis in recognition of Eugene’s personal and professional contribution to the Diocese of Ferns.
Since becoming Diocesan Finance Officer in 2004, Eugene has helped to shape and oversee diocesan financial policy in a time of acute challenge – and as responses were being shaped – to a new evolving human, pastoral, spiritual and economic reality.
The focus of the last twenty years in the diocese has been genuine engagement and honesty with major issues that have confronted the diocese. As Diocesan Finance Officer, Eugene played an invaluable part in restoring trust and in helping chart a sure course through turbulent waters.
In the conferral of the honour on one of our parishioners, I am conscious that it will be warmly received at all levels here in Ferns diocese and will – in some part – recognize the selfless and very often unnoticed heroic effort – that marks daily life here in our parishes, and within the Diocese of Ferns.
Congratulations to Eugene, Louise and family.