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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.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Abbot Laurence O'Keefe

Last Thursday, Abbot Laurence came from Ramsgate Abbey to give his talk entitled Tota pulchra es Maria - Mary prefigured in the Old Testament.

He referred to three parts of the Old Testament in particular: Genesis chapter 3, Isaiah chapter 7, 2 Samuel chapter 6.

Abbot Laurence spoke also about the Rosary and said that he prays the Rosary every day. He did show it to us but promptly withdrew it from view when I tried to photograph him with it. Modest as he is, he didn't want to appear 'all pious'.

Those who attended expressed great satisfaction with the talk, two phoning me the next day to express their gratitude.

Why not come to the next talk at 7.30pm on Thursday 7th June on the subject Christ and the Church - Answer to the Modern World given by Father Stephen Dingley, a Lecturer in Theology at St John's Seminary Wonersh.



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