This year Austin Corcoran of St Wilfrid’s and Mother of God St Vincent de Paul Conference in Sheffield celebrates 50 years’ membership of the SVP.
At a Mass offered for the work of the SVP on 26 June, Mgr William Kilgannon, parish priest, presented Austin with a long-service medal and certificate on behalf of the Conference.
Austin’s many roles in the SVP in Hallam Diocese include two terms as Conference Treasurer, five years as President of the Conference and a further five years as President of Hallam Central Council. He has been Chair of the St Vincent’s Charity Shop Committee since 1998.
Mgr Kilgannon referred in his remarks to Austin as ‘a man of faith and prayer’ which sustains his work and noted that the SVP was something of a family concern; Austin’s father was a long-time member and several of his children are also involved.