Priests celebrating Jubilees and anniversaries from 25 to 70 years
At a Mass commemorating the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C., expressed thanks to God for his vocation, and he encouraged Catholics to open their hearts to hearing and responding to God’s call in their lives.
Father Patrick Flanagan, C.M., who grew up in St. Frances de Chantal parish, Wantagh, L.I., attending the parochial school there; Holy Trinity Diocesan H.S., Hicksville; Niagara University; Mary Immaculate Seminary, Northampton, Pa.; and Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington.
Father Joseph G. Fonti decided to celebrate his 25th anniversary of ordination with a day out at the ballpark.
Six diocesan priests are celebrating their 25th years in the priesthood. Here are brief biographies of each and their plans for jubilee celebrations:
Four diocesan priests and one member of a religious order are observing their 60th anniversary of ordination.
Father Joseph M. Nolan, a senior priest at Bishop Mugavero Residence, Douglaston, is marking his 70th year as a priest of the Brooklyn Diocese.
Two diocesan priests and two members of the Passionist Order are celebrating their 65th anniversaries of priesthood this year.
All five diocesan priests celebrating their 50th anniversaries of ordination were ordained May 27, 1967 by Archbishop Bryan J. McEntegart at St. James Pro-Cathedral, Downtown Brooklyn.