Fr Mike Delaney’ inducted into OVA honour roll

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Fr Mike Delaney’ inducted into OVA honour roll

Mersey-Leven Parish Priest Fr Mike Delaney has been inducted into the Old Virgilians Association (OVA) heritage roll of honour.

Fr Mike, 64, who is a Diocesan Consultor, and has served in a variety of roles at parishes throughout Tasmania, celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination earlier this year.

He was recognised for his roles as a diocesan priest, industrial and naval chaplain and member of the Council of Priests.

Fr Mike attended St Virgil’s College, Hobart, from 1964 to 1968.

His connections with the college have continued since then, in the form of various retreats in the 1980s for senior classes, end-of-year and Edmund Rice Masses, as well as college reunions over the years.

Fr Mike described himself as an ‘ordinary student’ but he revelled in a range of extra-curricular activities including Young Christian Students, Junior United Nations, debating and football.

“[This honour is] more a recognition of the role St Virgil's played in my life and the preparation I received for what I've been able to do since, rather than seeing it as an individual honour,” Fr Mike said.

Fr Mike was one of four inductees to the OVA heritage roll of honour which recognises past students for distinguished achievements in their chosen fields, community involvement and leadership skills.

The induction took place at the Old Virgilians’ Association annual dinner at Wrest Point Function Centre in Hobart, in October.

This year’s other inductees were Damien Geason (managing partner of a legal firm and director of affordable housing program Common Ground Tasmania), Adrian Howard OAM (past president of the Friends of Soldiers Memorial Avenue, Queens Domain, Hobart) and the late Bernard Geard (long-time stalwart and supporter of St Virgil’s and of the OVA) whose son Mike Geard accepted the award on his behalf.

The OVA Chaplain, Fr Michael Tate, who is also Huon Valley Parish Priest, presented each recipient with a framed citation and an inscribed medallion.
The roll of honour began in 2006.