Archbishop Nichols hosts reception for new and departing private secretaries

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster hosted a reception in the throne room of Archbishop’s House on January 26 to say thank you and farewell to Mgr Martin Hayes as his private secretary and to welcome Fr John O’Leary.

Archbishop Nichols thanked Mgr Hayes for his “loyal service” and “hard work, kindness and dedication to the role” since being appointed by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, then Archbishop of Westminster, in June 2008.

Mgr Hayes said: “It has been a privilege to work closely with two archbishops of Westminster at Archbishop’s House and to be welcomed into the household.”
Mgr Hayes announced he would be succeeding Fr Patrick Sammon as parish priest at St Anthony of Padua in Edgware, north London.

Archbishop Nichols said: “Fr Martin has brought calm to my role as archbishop. His hard work, kindness and dedication to the job through several events, like my installation and the papal visit, have helped to ensure everything has run smoothly. We wish Fr Martin well in his new role; he will be sorely missed by all the staff in Archbishop’s House, Clergy House and Vaughan House, and beyond.”

The archbishop added: “I would like to thank Fr Patrick Sammon for his 11 dedicated and faithful years of ministry at Edgware.”

Fr O’Leary took over the role of private secretary to Archbishop Nichols on February 1.