Fr Bogdan Wera 2009-2017
In late 2009 Fr Bogdan Wera took his place as Parish Priest. Fr Bogdan was Polish and became responsible not only for the English speaking in the Parish, but also for a growing Polish Community which came with him.
To support two different communities, with different languages and customs is an enormous challenge. In the first few years Fr Bogdan had a series of Polish curates to help him with his responsibilities, many of whom spoke English. Unfortunately, in the last few years there were no new curates available and Fr had to manage alone.
In addition to serving at St Patrick’s, Fr Bogdan travelled to other towns to support the Polish Communities there. Services in St Patrick's were celebrated in both languages, and on special occasions there were bilingual services.
Sadly Fr's health began to suffer and after some days in hospital, on September 9th 2017 Fr Bogdan passed away at home in the Presbytery . He was 61 years old.
His Requiem Mass was held on Monday 25th September 2017 and was attended by over 50 priests many of whom had travelled from Poland to say their farewells. Later he returned to his native Poland where he was laid to rest.
He will be greatly missed, by both communities and we will always
remember him in our prayers.
Eternal Rest grant unto him O Lord
And let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.