On Sunday, Oct. 18, St. Adalbert parish, Elmhurst, celebrated an 11:30 a.m. Mass of thanksgiving to mark the 50th anniversary of priesthood for Father Herman Czaster, O.F.M. Conv., and Father Patrick Gallagher, O.F.M. Conv., who are in residence at the parish. members of the parish, family and friends turned out to celebrate and congratulate both Fathers Czaster and Gallagher.
During the Mass, the jubilarians thanked the Lord for the gift of priesthood, which both have been blessed to live and share for five decades, before renewing their priestly commitment.
A reception of more than 200 parishioners, family members and friends followed in the parish center. Below, a toast to the jubilarians. From left, Father James McCurry, O.F.M. Conv., provincial of Our Lady of the Angels Province USA; jubilarian Fathers Gallagher and Czaster; Father Miroslaw Podymniak, O.F.M. Conv., pastor of St. Adalbert Church; and Father Raphael Zwolenkiewicz, O.F.M. Conv., parish guardian.