Wednesday, June 18, 2014

37th Anniversary

Newly-ordained, as Associate Pastor in St. Julian's
Since tomorrow I have a meeting with the Bishop in a different parish, I may not have access to the Internet over the next 2 days - and so I commemorate today, in anticipation of tomorrow, my 37th anniversary to the priesthood. It was June 19, 1977, when 14 of us were ordained by the newly-installed Archbishop of Malta, Msgr Joseph Mercieca. 

The day of our Ordination, June 19, 1977
Most of us were assigned to different parishes as Associates in our first few years, eventually a few becoming pastors while others worked in various Diocesan offices, and a few pursued further studies. Presently, except for myself and another one who is starting his ministry in Gibraltar today, the others are all in Malta. So, to all of them I say AD MULTOS ANNOS! (To many years ahead.) May the Lord continue to bless us with good health, active ministry and dedicated service to the people entrusted to our care. And to the people whom I've served in various parishes, (St Julian's, Malta, New Hyde Park, NY, Rocky Point, NY, Hicksville, NY, Pleasant Valley, NY, John Day, Oregon, Baker City, Oregon and here in Bend, Oregon) I say Thank You for allowing me to be a part of your lives over the past 37 years.

1 comment:

  1. For those of us who have been blessed to have had you as Pastor and been encouraged and inspired through your ministry in God's love... a big THANK YOU! Congratulations on your 37th....