Bishop Tom Williams celebrated the fortieth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on the Feast of Pentecost. He was ordained by Archbishop George Andrew Beck on 27 May 1972 in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool, where he celebrated the 11.00 am Solemn Mass to mark the occasion. It was also the ninth anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination as Bishop of Mageo and Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool in the same Cathedral by Archbishop Patrick Kelly on 27 May 2003.
For the Mass Bishop Tom was joined by Archbishop Patrick Kelly and Bishop Vincent Malone together with Bishop Terry Drainey of Middlesbrough, Bishop Arthur Roche of Leeds and Bishop Brian Noble, Bishop Emeritus of Shrewsbury.
Archbishop Patrick began by welcoming the Girls’ Choir of Cologne Cathedral, on a visit to Liverpool, in German. He then went on to speak of the Metropolitan Cathedral as ‘a glorious setting to give thanks for Tom Williams forty years as a priest’. Speaking of Bishop Tom he continued: ‘His early years were the foundations on which is built his generous, encouraging, warm service with Bishop Vincent (Malone) as our Assistant Bishops. Tom and Vin you are both a massive blessing for us all.’
In his homily Bishop Tom thanked his family and friends: ‘Many of you here have touched my life in a very personal way, you have been part of my journey; you have been in many ways the figures of Christ opening the scriptures to my mind and heart to enable me, when I break bread, to treasure the real memories of our faith, something which fills me with hope for the future...thank you to all of you who have been part of my life and I hopefully have been able to accompany you on your journey too’.