Priests honoured on their jubilees

Maria Pepper

Published 16/08/2014 | 12:00

Bishop Brennan with Fr Nicholas Power and Fr James B Curtis, who are both celebrating their 60-year jubilees.
The Bishop with 50-year Jubilarians, Fr Aidan Jones, Fr Ricard Hayes, Fr Jim Curtis and Fr Matt Glynn.
Bishop Denis Brennan with 40-year Jubilarians Fr Willie Howell, Fr Michael Byrne, Fr Joe Kavanagh and Fr Bernard Cushen.

Diocesan priests with 560 years' of service between them were congratulated by Bishop Denis Brennan at a reception in Wexford.

Diocesan priests with 560 years' of service between them were congratulated by Bishop Denis Brennan at a reception in Wexford.

The priests celebrating milestone anniversaries of the yar they were ordained were invited for lunch in the Bishop's House in Summerhill last Thursday.

Retired clerics Fr. Aidan Jones, Fr. Richard Hayes and Fr. Jim Curtis were marking their 50th anniversaries along with Fr. Matt Glynn, the parish priest in Tagoat.

Fr. Nicholas Power and Fr. James B. Curtis, also retired, were honoured on the occasion of their 60th jubilee.

Fr. Curtis was Wexford administrator and Bishop's secretary for many years before finishing his clerical career as parish priest in Ferns while Fr. Power was parish priest in Duncannon.

Among the jubiliarians marking 40 years of priesthood were Fr. Willie Howell, PP, Gorey; Fr. Michael Byrne, PP, Bree; Fr. Joe Kavanagh, PP, Camolin, and Fr. Bernard Cushen, P.P., Clonroche.

Carnew parish priest Fr. Martin Casey and Fr. Thaddeus Doyle of 'Curate's Diary' fame are also celebrating the 40th anniversary of their ordinations but were unable to attend the function.

All of the priests were ordained for the Diocese of Ferns and trained for the priesthood in either St. Peter's College or Maynooth.

On behalf of the people of the diocese, Bishop Brennan thanked them for their long years of service and wished them health and happiness.

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