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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, March 08, 2009

Celebrating Marriage

Yesterday we had a Wine & Cheese evening for couples who are preparing for marriage. A number of married couples with experience of marriage ranging from 57 years to 1 year came along for what all agreed was a most enjoyable evening.

Lola and Soter Titus on the left, Margaret and David Eldridge on the right (celebrating 40 years of marriage this year) with Joanne George and John Frazier who are to be married here at St Simon's on 12th September.

Tina and Ugo Ferreira who were married here last year.

Massimo Deidda and Justyna Jaworska (with their son Oscar) who are to be married in Poland on 31st July with Tim and Maysam Shamoon.

and with Maria and Derek Swan.

John Frazier and Soter Titus.

David Eldridge with Andrew Chappell and Natalie Edy who are to be married in Horley, Surrey, on 4th September.

Lola Titus, Maureen Auchterlonie, Joanne George, Mary Boston (celebrating her 80+ birthday), Catarina Beresford, and Merrick Boston. Mary and Merrick have been married 57 years.

Justyna Jaworska with Kamila Borejsza and Mical Bednarczyk who are to be married in Poland on 12th September.

Maria (Williams) Swan, Maysam Shamoon and Derek Swan.

Margaret Eldridge (40 years married) with Tina and Ugo Ferreira (less than a year married).

We hope that yesterday's celebration is an encouragement to those preparing for marriage, that God may truly join them and keep them together till death parts them.

Please keep in your prayers three other couples preparing for marriage: Paulina Witkowska and Lukasz Wasielczyk to be married in Poland on 11th July, Agnieszka Hrabska and Grzegorz Koropczuk to be married in Poland on 15th August, and Annelize Dawkins and Barry Kersley to be married here at St Simon's on 12th September.



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