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Rev. Bernie O'Reilly Chosen As Providence St. Patrick's Parade Grand Marshal

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The Rev. Dr. Bernard O’Reilly has been chosen as the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Providence St. Patrick’s Day parade. A native of Ireland, O’Reilly served...

The Rev. Dr. Bernard O’Reilly has been chosen as the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Providence St. Patrick’s Day parade. A native of Ireland, O’Reilly served as a priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence for 45 years until his recent retirement.

A charismatic, witty and erudite clergyman, O’Reilly is well-known in Rhode Island. He spent 20 years as an assistant pastor, 25 years as a pastor and taught philosophy and theology at Aquinas College in Newton, Mass.; Providence College; and Salve Regina University in Newport.

He holds three masters degrees: one in English Literature, another in Psychology and Counseling and a third in Biblical Literature and Theology. And he also was awarded doctorates in Pastoral Theology and in Philosophy and Humanities.

O’Reilly said being chosen to lead this year’s parade is ``an unexpected, though deeply appreciated personal and professional honor.’’

O’Reilly became a United States citizen in 1989, but continues to hold an Irish passport and prides himself on being ``a citizen of two great countries, Ireland my native home and the US, my adopted abode.’’

He has long been involved in promoting Irish culture and fostering Irish-American friendship. The St. Patrick’s Day Providence parade is scheduled this year for March 21st.

Rev. Bernie O'Reilly Chosen As Providence St. Patrick's Parade Grand Marshal
Rev. Bernie O'Reilly Chosen As Providence St. Patrick's Parade Grand Marshal