My very dear friend, Rev. Philip Marian Tighe, is one of those people who, once you have met them, leave a mark of gratitude and respect on your soul. I owe a great deal to Father Tighe for his constant friendship, his magnanimity, and above all, for the pastoral care. There are few Priests or ministers that I know personally who embody such tireless zeal for God and for others. Father Tighe is a prayerful, studious, and hard working priest. His discipline is almost military. (which is appropriate, given his Citadel education) For me he has always been a mentor and a friend, a pastor and a teacher. He presided at my wedding to my beautiful wife, and befriended us from the time of our first meeting through our preparation for marriage. This is why I was overjoyed to receive two commissions honoring him for his service to the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rocky Mount, NC.
Two groups, the Catholic Women's club and the teachers of OLPH, approached me about preparing work to give to Father as he leaves the parish to move to Wake Forest, NC. It is noteworthy that the parish school was on the verge of closing when Father arrived and now looks forward to a bright and secure future (in just 1 and 1/2 years!). The images above are a compilation of those works: (From left to right: Image of Church and Images within, Suffer the Children to come to me (image of Fr. Tighe with his students below), Portrait of Fr. Tighe, details)