Two Inishowen schools rolled out the proverbial welcome mat for the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rt Rev Ken Good, on Thursday to bid him farewell ahead of his forthcoming retirement.
Bishop Good, who will step down in May, was invited to visit St Columb’s National School in Moville and Donagh National School in Carndonagh. He was accompanied by the Bishop’s Curate in charge of the Moville, Greencastle, Donagh, Culdaff and Cloncha (Malin) Group of Parishes, Rev Suzanne Cousins.
The visits were coordinated by the principal of St Columb’s NS, Helena Walker, and the principal of Donagh NS, Caroline Carey. Children in both schools sang hymns for their guest, who asked them what they knew about retirement. One schoolgirl in Moville told him, “It’s when you start to get too old.”
The Bishop led the two schools in prayers for the pupils, their parents, the teachers and the schools’ boards of management. He received farewell gifts in both schools, as well as cards signed by the children. Bishop Good was also presented with an additional, unexpected gift – on behalf of Donagh parishioners – by local Glebe Warden, Ronald Crowe.