Honoured by the City Council, with a civic reception, in recognition of his 20 years as Bishop of the Dioceses, Most Rev. Dr. William Lee spoke of his gratitude at being welcomed among the “gentle people” of the Deise and how he would welcome the prayers of people as he struggled with “unpredictable” health.
Proposing the motion that the City Council grant a civic reception in recognition of Bishop Lee’s service over 20 years councillor David Walsh said that not only did he lead the Catholic faith community in the Dioceses but also contributed more widely to civic life. He had helped lead Waterford through times of considerable turbulence, especially in the economic sphere which saw massive job losses at Waterford Crystal and elsewhere.
He added, “His was not a time without very considerable challenges for the Catholic Church but his quiet leadership and steadfast faith saw Dr. Lee steer a steady path through a period of huge change.”
That quiet leadership was also highlighted by councillor Mary Roche who seconded the motion. An important part of his work, she said, was leading the Church response to child protection issues.
Bishop Lee was joined by the Priests from city parishes, along with members of his family, and those who worked closely with Bishop Lee over his 20 years in the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore