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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, June 24, 2007

Thursday Talks at St Simon's - concluded

The last in our series of Thursday Talks was given by Father Roger Nesbitt last Thursday evening. Father Nesibitt is Dean of Dover and Parish Priest at St Aloysius and Our Lady Help of Christians, Folkestone. Thursday happened to be the feast of St Aloysius Gonzaga.

The talk was entitled: JESUS IS WITH US - The Meaning of the Tabernacle. Father Nesbitt drew comparisons between the Tent of Meeting which contained the Holy of Holies, and later the Temple, and concluded that Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the new Tabernacle, Tent of Meeting. He is truly amonst his people. As the Holy of Holies was central to the Tent of Meeting, so the rightful place for the tabernacle in our churches is in a central position, to be worshipped continuously. The Latin Church has experienced a development in its understanding of the Eucharist and, over the centuries, became more conscious of the Real Presence, leading to central reservation in churches.

Again, the talk was well received. (Sorry about the blurred picture - the camera was obviously focussed on the wall in the distant background.)

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