My staff organized a parish wide surprise celebration of my 30th anniversary as a priest. They had it on Father's Day, although I was ordained on June 7, 1980. I knew nothing about it although early on Sunday I began to feel like I was in the "Twilight Zone." People kept wishing me happy anniversary. I could smell food cooking in the Church from our social hall beneath the Church--clash of food and incense, not a pretty smell! Then I saw my mother who'll be 91 on October 18th, my sister Elizabeth, brother-in-law Bob Smith and two close friends Paul and Linda McKneely sneaking into the 12:10 Mass. Then I knew I had been had! But it was great being had! Thank you to all who made this possible. I'll get even one day!
My staff had a parishioner make this beautiful kneeler as their gift to me. I guess they think I don't pray enough!
My 90 1/2 year old mother and me!
30 years has been a nice slice of life!
I want my cake and eat it too!
Only picture I could find of my sister to my right with her back to the camera, then my friend Linda and her husband Paul: