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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.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Flying over Ashford

Today I went for a test flight with a fellow priest who proposes that he fly us to Merville, France, in a couple of weeks for the gathering of priests from the diocese of Southwark. So he took me on a flight from Rochester to Ashford and back. Here are a few views of our parish church and school from the air:

And the Designer Outlet:

It was my first time in a light aircraft. We flew relatively low and it was a somewhat bumpy ride due to the varying temperature of air rising from the ground. When we fly to France we'll be above the clouds so it will be much smoother. So now I'm ready for the flight to Merville.


Blogger gemoftheocean said...

Brave soul. I am NEVER comfortable on any plane where the pilot also loads your baggage. Dittos if you can see out the front window yourself! [But you're each other's confessors, so you at least have the comfort if the plane's going down you can give each other absolution!]

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