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May 30th, 2013 - Over 600 Years Service
However there was another surprise awaiting them for there to greet them was their former Bishop and now Archbishop Arthur Roche. At the opening of the Mass, at which he was the main concelebrant, he said how delighted he was to be back amongst them and how at heart he was still a Yorkshire man.
Though not full, the Cathedral had a good number of people who had come along to thank their priests for all they have done over the years, and to catch a word with the Archbishop.
The special preacher for the day was Fr Terry McGrath, who opened his remarks with words of thanks to the priests for all that they have done throughout their lives and for still being there to carry on the good work. He reminded them that they were not celebrating only the past - but the ‘NOW' of today, and it was that ‘Now' that was the hard part as the role of the priest changed. It was he said more important than ever to be ‘Poor ion Spirit' as the Pope had reminded us all. Their lives must reflect the life of Christ - he urged them to study Christ and think how did he deal with people and the problems they presented.
At the end of the Mass Provost Joe Taylor stepped forward to thank all the priests for being there and to thank the people for the support they give. He added his thanks to Archbishop Roche for coming to be with them. The Archbishop on his part took the opportunity to thank everyone for the gift they had given him, which has enabled him to set up a home in Rome.
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