Last Friday marked the end of an era for the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe as Martin Montgomery steps down as Diocesan Youth Officer after six years in the post.
Bishop Ken Good, his wife Mary and members of the Diocese’s Communications Team joined colleagues from the Diocesan Centre for a lunch at the Bishops Gate Hotel to mark Martin’s departure.
Wishing him well for the future, Bishop Good thanked Martin for his unstinting service to the Diocese, not only at annual events such as ‘On The Move’ and the Garvagh-based SPARK Week, but in operating and maintaining the Diocesan website – tasks which were “over and above” his responsibilities.
“You have been extremely generous in making your considerable talents available to the Diocese,” Bishop Good told him. “You’ve haven’t restricted yourself to those duties laid down in your job description. You’ve always been willing to go the extra mile for the Diocese, and for that I am very grateful.”
Among the other clergy who paid tribute to their departing colleague was the editor of n:vision Magazine, Rev Katie McAteer. Rev McAteer said Martin had often come to her rescue when technology had threatened to get the better of her and said his technical expertise would be greatly missed.
Martin thanked his colleagues for their kind words but reminded them that they had not heard the last of him. While moving to pastures new, he would continue to be an active member of his local parish and would continue to provide technical advice and support to the Diocese. He said he would continue, too, to contribute to the General Synod.