Celebration for Fifty Faithful Years

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Celebration for Fifty Faithful Years

Archbishop Adrian Doyle had a wonderful day of celebrations and reminiscences to mark the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Fellow bishops travelled from across Australia to Hobart, joining with the priests and people of Tasmania in the joyful occasion on December 20.

The day, which included the Blessing of the new Cathedral Centre and a lunch at the Royal Yacht Club, culminated in a Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral with up-lifting sounds of the choir and organ, a church full of dignitaries and well-wishers combined with the special dignity of Catholic ritual.

The assembly thanked God and prayed for continued blessings for the Archbishop who is due to retire next year.

All were invited to refreshments at the nearby Mercure Hotel where a large crowd joined to congratulate His Grace on his Golden Jubilee. Vicar General, Fr Mark Freeman, later presented the Archbishop with a gift on behalf of the Archdiocese. Earlier in the day, at the Royal Yacht Club, His Grace was also presented with a special gift by the priests and deacons of the Archdiocese.

Congratulations Archbishop on reaching this significant milestone. Merry Christmas and many more healthy and happy years!