Brother Clement Pelletier turned 90 on 29th June, has completed 70 years as a Brother of the Sacred Heart, 60 years at St Columba’s College and 25 years as tour guide and Cannon at the Abbey. He still continues to work every day, managing the School’s archives.
To mark this amazing achievement, the College held a weekend of celebrations that saw hundreds of members of the community join Brother Clement for a celebratory Mass and dinner, and a Columban Family BBQ at the School. Brother Clement's service was also recognised by Prime Minister Theresa May, who sent a congratulatory card to him.
Amongst the guests were former students and current students. As well as parents, former staff, members of the Abbey and longstanding friends from his prayer groups and the Knights of St Columba.
The most fitting tribute was delivered by Jim Coughlan. Jim has been at St Columba’s College since 1948, and still works in the examination’s office. No one knows Brother Clement better:
“We salute Brother Clement and thank him for the many years as Brother, as Teacher, for being involved in all aspects of the College and local community. But more than all for being just him – a kind and considerate person, never expecting thanks but, accepting affirmation whenever it comes his way, perhaps not often enough.”
We thank Brother Clement for his incredible dedication and service to the College, and wider community over the last 60 years. He remains at the heart of the College, and holds a very special place in its history.