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Papal Blessing for Fr Anthony Jackson’s Silver Jubilee

13th July 2017

Papal Blessing for Fr Anthony Jackson’s Silver Jubilee

At St Francis’ Church, Idle, Fr Anthony Jackson was joined by family and friends to celebrate his Silver Jubilee and received a special Papal Blessing in honour of the occasion.


On Friday 30th June, Fr Anthony concelebrated Mass with many priest friends from across the country, and a heart-warming homily was given by Mgr Paul Owens.   After Mass, all were invited to attend Idle Working Men’s Club for refreshments. 


Festivities continued on 9th July, the Sunday closest to the actual anniversary of his Ordination which took place on 11th July, 1992.  Since that date, Fr Anthony has ministered in parishes across the Diocese of Leeds and as a school and prison Chaplain – and most recently, as Director of Youth Services and Chaplain to the Leeds Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.  Since last year, he has been Parish Priest of St Francis of Assisi and Immaculate Conception Parish.