|Bishop Kieran with Fr Tony|
Completing forty years of priesthood is an achievement, a reason to give thanks and a cause to celebrate. Fr Tony Churchill chose to mark this milestone by sharing the celebration of his ruby jubilee of ordination with the parish, as well as the many friends he has made throughout the diocese, and beyond throughout the course of his ministry.
He concelebrated Mass in Our Lady of Sorrows at four o’clock on the actual anniversary, 10th July, with priests of the parish, the deanery and others from the diocese and even a priest friend of the Coptic rite. There was a large congregation of parishioners as well as friends from other parishes and places he has ministered. Fr Jonathan Martin gave the homily. A reception followed in St Mary’s School, at which speeches of appreciation were made and a presentation from the parish given to the jubilarian, who has been our parish priest now for almost four years."
Fr Tony himself reports: "Bishop Kieran came to celebrate the principal Mass with me because he was unable to be present at my 40th anniversay Mass in July."