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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.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Michael Anthony Shanny RIP


Yesterday we had a packed church with people standing in the foyer/narthex as we celebrated the Funeral Mass for Michael Anthony Shanny who died on 19th December 2008. As well as his wife Mary and children James, Gerard and Carmel with their respective families, three of his surviving siblings (Tony was the eldest of seven children) were present and many relatives had travelled from Ireland. Before the Mass began, his grandchildren Matthew and Hannah spoke in memory of their grandfather, of his love for Irish songs and his sporting prowess. There was also read the following moving tribute from the Irish GAA.



My homily follows:
Homily for funeral of Michael Anthony Shanny

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