Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Fr Tony Bridson Celebrates 25 Years of Priesthood

A Smiling Fr Tony Greets Well-Wishers
at the end of his Celebration Mass
Bishop Kieran, 40 Priests, a dozen servers and a church full of well-wishers were at The Friary Church in the centre of Crawley on Tuesday evening to celebrate 25 years of the priestly ministry of Fr Tony Bridson. He presided at the Mass assisted by Deacons Andrew Bayes and Tom Murray. It was a joyful celebration with music provided by Crawley Parish musicans from the different churches in the parish assisted by Mike on guitar, a friend  from Fr Tony's seminary days at Wonersh.

Fr David 'Dochi' Foley preached on priesthood and the focus of the ministerial priesthood in sacrifice of Christ on the cross. He had everybody smiling, however, when he said he had only been asked to preach as he was the only living priest who had worked in a parish with Fr Tony when he was his assistant priest in Woking!

Bishop Kieran spoke at the end of Mass to add his thanks for the ministry and priesthood of Fr Tony especiallly for the work he does, outside of a parish, in his vital ministry to priests work. His particular concern is for those priest who are retired, sick or in any kind of difficulty.

Fr Tony also gave thanks for his priesthood and for the many people and parishes who he had ministered to over the years. He especially gave thanks to his parents who were in the congregation and who had brought him into the world along with his 4 other brothers and sisters.

The celebration continued in the Friary Hall with food and drink. He was also presented with the gift of an iPod from Crawley Parish and suggestion that he would have to move with the times transfer all his vinyl records to digital format.

Many congratulations to Fr Tony

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