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Armagh Apostolic Work celebrates 80th anniversary

Members of Armagh Diocesan Apostolic Work with Archbishop Eamon Martin at the organisation's 80th anniversary exhibition in the Ó Fiaich Library. Picture by LiamMcArdle.com

Apostolic Work has a long and distinguished history in the Archdiocese of Armagh, with the voluntary organisation celebrating its 80th anniversary this month - coinciding with the Extraordinary Month of Mission.

An exhibition in the Ó Fiaich Library told the story of the Apostolic Workers' contribution to the diocese and the missions over the years. A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated in St Patrick's Cathedral.

The Armagh organisation has provided financial and material support since it was founded in 1939 by Margaret Colgan.

Apostolic Work in Armagh continues to support the work of the missions, helping with everything from water, food and medicines to education, transport and sacred items, including altar linens, vestments and even church buildings.

Archbishop Eamon Martin and Jean Hanratty, president of Armagh Diocesan Apostolic Work, at the exhibition in the Ó Fiaich Library to celebrate the organisation's 80th anniversary. Picture by LiamMcArdle.com

At Mass in St Patrick's Cathedral to mark the Armagh Apostolic Work's 80th anniversary, Jean Hanratty, pictured left, and Eileen Martin were awarded the Medal of St Patrick. Picture by LiamMcArdle.com

At Mass to mark Apostolic Work's 80th anniversary in the Archdiocese of Armagh, the Medal of St Patrick was awarded to Jean Hanratty, president of Armagh Diocesan Apostolic Work, and Eileen Martin, assistant honorary treasurer. Pictured, from left, are Archbishop Jude Okolo, Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Jean Hanratty, Archbishop Eamon Martin and Eileen Martin. Picture by LiamMcArdle.com

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