Chaplain celebrates 65th anniversary
Father Thomas Fahey, who has been chaplain for
the OLVM community since 1991, celebrated the 65th anniversary of his
entrance into the priesthood with a special program Friday, June 1, at
Victory Noll.Fr. Fahey, a native of Galway, Ireland, was ordained in 1947, and then came overseas where he served in the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming, until 1991, when he became chaplain for the Victory Noll Sisters.
In his youth prior to ordination, he was a champion shot-putter in his native Ireland, and also played for a championship hurling team in his home country.
During his celebration Friday, Fr. Fahey was presented with a sun hat to wear while tending his multiple gardens. Fr. Fahey is a Master Gardener who is responsible for the flower gardens that color the Victory Noll campus.
"One of the gifts Father Fahey shares with us are his beautiful gardens that the Sisters enjoy very much," said OLVM Sister Clarita Trujillo.
The Victory Noll employees presented Fr. Fahey with a collage featuring group photos of co-workers from each of the individual departments.
Fr. Fahey was honored with congratulatory letters from the Bishop of Cheyenne, Wyo., and also from the Archbishop of Dublin, Ireland.
Sisters estimated the Fr. Fahey has presided over approximately 25,000 Masses in his time at Victory Noll, and has also presided over the funerals of 144 OLVM Sisters since 1991.