Over 1,000 people joined nine Golden Jubilarians from the Archdiocese of Liverpool as they celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their ordination to the priesthood with a Mass of Thanksgiving at Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Saturday 8 June.
The Right Reverend John Rawsthorne, Bishop of Hallam, who has known them all for many years, celebrated the Mass together with the nine, who were ordained together at St Joseph’s College, Upholland and with priests from throughout the Archdiocese. Bishop Tom Williams, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese, and Archbishop Emeritus, Patrick Kelly, also concelebrated.
The Mass marked the anniversary for Father Victor Bridges, Monsignor Anthony Dennick, Father John Gildea, Canon Joseph Kelly, Father Peter Kelly, Monsignor Michael McKenna, Canon Patrick MacNally, Father Peter Morgan and Father Joseph Robinson.
In his homily Bishop Rawsthorne paid tribute to the work of the priests over a total of 450 years of service saying: ‘each one of our Golden Jubilarians today has made a very significant contribution to the life of the Church in this Diocese and in some cases to the life of the Church in this country. I hope that each of them can look back today and thank God for what those fifty years have meant to them. The rest of us are certainly here to thank God for what those fifty years in their lives have meant to us.’
At the end of the Mass Bishop Tom Williams invited Archbishop Emeritus Patrick Kelly to thank the jubilarians on behalf of the Archdiocese. The Mass, which was celebrated on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, then concluded with the Lourdes Hymn. During the recessional organ voluntary the jubilarians left the sanctuary to prolonged applause from the congregation made up of their families, parishioners and friends.
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