PARISHIONERS at a Motherwell church have said a fond farewell to a popular, long-serving priest.
The Very Reverend Noel Canon Carey has retired after 30 years at Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral.
A thanksgiving mass was held at the Cathedral on Monday, with Canon Carey returning back to his native Ireland today (Thursday).
He has led a number of projects in the parish over the years, most notably, the Cathedral’s extensive refurbishment in the 1980s.
Canon Carey was born and raised in Shinrone, County Offlay, and was ordained as a priest in 1953.
His first parish was St Mary’s in Whifflet, and over the years he served in a number of parishes throughout the Motherwell Diocese, including St Francis Xavier’s in Carfin, St Barbara’s in Muirhead, St John Bosco’s in New Stevenston and St Brendan’s in Muirhouse.
From St Brendan’s, he moved to the Cathedral in 1981 and was made a Canon in 1984. A few years later, he became Provost of the Cathedral Chapter.
For full story, see this week’s Times & Speaker, dated Thursday, June 23.