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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.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Sister Catherine's 60th anniversary

Some late news: on Thursday 6th March Sr Catherine celebrated the 60th anniversary of her first profession as a Religious Sister of Mercy. This is truly a great achievement. Sister is a wonderful example of joy and ever renewed enthusiasm in her dedication to God. Now in her 80's, she has a youthful spirit which can only be acknowledged as a gift from God who gives joy to our youth.

After the Mass she spoke movingly about the life of the Congregation's foundress Venerable Catherine McAuley. Born in 1778 in Dublin, she came to know the poverty of many in that city and was inspired by the example of her father's life of prayer and dedication to the poor. More can be found out about her by googling Catherine McAuley and from Wikipedia.


Sisters Dolores and Vincent, members of the same community as Sister Catherine.


Parishioners organised a party for her which took place in the presbytery.


Sister Catherine wanted to emphasise the issue of vocation to religious life. Pope Paul VI famously said that today's world needs witnesses who preach by their deeds. Sister Catherine is one such witness to the joys of a life dedicated to God.


Our fondest congratulations.

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