|L-R: Fr Anthony Meredith, Fr Laurence Quin-Morris, Fr Christopher Sexton, Bishop Richard Moth, Canon Brendan MacCarthy, Fr Rob Esdaile, Fr Liam O'Connor and Mgr Michael Jackson|
In his homily Bishop Richard reflected that not only had these men responded to the Lord’s call on the day of their ordination, but that they continued to respond to that call every day especially in the people they met and in their regular commitment to the celebration of the Eucharist. He affirmed that at the heart of priesthood lies the mystery of God, revealed in Jesus Christ as the God who is love. He said “Our life as priests is to be lived out in love.”
The Jubilarians present were: Diamond Jubilee – Fr Christopher Sexton and Canon Brendan MacCarthy; Golden Jubilee – Fr Liam O’Connor and Fr Anthony Meredith IC; Ruby Jubilee – Fr Laurence Quin-Morris and Monsignor Michael Jackson; Silver Jubilee – Fr Rob Esdaile. They also prayed for those who were not present: Diamond Jubilee – Fr Frank McHugh and Fr Geoffrey Nixon; Silver Jubilee – Fr Niven Richardson. They also remember Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, former Bishop of Arundel & Brighton Diocese who will celebrate his Diamond Jubilee of ordination this year.
Canon Brendan MacCarthy celebrating his Diamond Jubilee gave a word of thanks on behalf of the Jubilarians at the end of Mass to his brother priests, some 70 or more, who had come to celebrate with them and to the Bishop for his inspiring words and support of the priesthood. He remembered as a young man that he had himself kissed the Blarney Stone which produced knowing laughter amongst those present. He prayed for more vocations to the priesthood saying that “the priests of today are the youth of yesterday, and the priests of tomorrow are the youth of today.” He encouraged all present to promote vocations to the priesthood to young people in their parishes.
Bishop Richard was able to announce himself that 4 men will be starting studies for the priesthood in the autumn to the great joy of all present.
The priests then sat down for a celebratory meal in the Cathedral Centre and toasted the 570 years of priesthood being celebrated this year in the diocese.
Photos: Jubilarians with Bishop Richard ©Arundel & Brighton Diocese
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