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For nine years up till July 2010, I was parish priest at St Simon Stock Catholic Church, South Ashford, Kent, England. From July 2010 until June 2011 I was Associate Pastor at St Peter's Cathedral, Marquette, Michigan USA and then Pastor at St Anthony Parish, Gwinn, MI until October 2013. I then transferred to the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon to serve as Director of the Tribunal. And that's what I am currently doing. Since February 2015 I have also been serving as Pastor at St Stephen Parish, South East Portland. I miss "da UP" (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) but love being here in the Pacific North West.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Merrick Boston's 80th Birthday

Merrick and his wife Mary kindly invited me to join family and friends at Eastwell Manor for a birthday luncheon. Amongst the guests were a couple of their friends from the Latin Mass Society. Merrick and Mary are wonderful parishioners at St Simon's, Merrick attending the weekly Bible study meetings, Mary faithful to her daily Rosary. Since the monthly celebrations of the Old Rite began in this parish, they have also come to love the Old Mass for its contemplativeness (if that's the right word) and beauty and they attended the Old Mass last night, celebrating the Vigil of Sunday, at Headcorn. Merrick spoke very touchingly about his wife who is everything to him. He gave some good advice: whenever spouses have an argument, they should end it by offering one another a cup of tea, and should never go to bed without kissing and making up. It is edifying to see a couple so in love with one another after fifty years! Their three children have much to be proud of. Ad multos annos!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Merrick, an appropriate place to celebrate with Mary, family and friends, I was there recently for a very special occasion and was treated like royalty, in fact we nearly had a lift home in a helicopter.

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