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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 08, 2008

Wedding Congratulations

Congratulations to Hugo Ferreira and Tina Brigden who sealed their love for each other in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony last Saturday (31st May) here at St Simon’s. It was a very simple ceremony, attended by the parents of the bride and groom, Hugo’s brother and a friend, and a young married couple and their little son who acted as page boy, the wife (expecting their second child) being a long time friend of Tina’s. Whilst many like a grand celebration, the simplicity of last Saturday’s wedding (followed by a nice meal at a Portuguese restaurant in Maidstone) provided all the more opportunity for focussing on the essentials of matrimony: the Sacrament that comes into existence through the exchange of consent in the presence of the Church’s minister and those called to be witnesses. Thanks to “Maison des Fleurs” (aka Anne Bulpin – 624489) for the lovely flower arrangements and to Charlotte Coles for providing beautiful music on the organ at the entrance, signing of the register and exit.

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