Seven priests of Palmerston North Diocese celebrated significant jubilees at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on October 10.

They were Fr Joe O’Sullivan (60 years), Fr Fergus Reeves (55 years), Fr Terry Carr (50 years), Fr John Mori, SM, (50 years), Fr Dominic Heslin (55 years), Fr Joe Grayland (25 years), Fr Paul Kerridge (55 years), and Fr Kevin Neal (25 years). Fr Dominic Heslin was unable to attend the Mass.

Also included in the celebrations were Br Bill Archer, SM, and Br Raymond Kelleher, SM, both celebrating 60 years.

After the Gospel, Fr Kerridge reflected on the significant changes to the Mass since he first became a priest, pointing out in particular that the priests’ role had changed from being a shepherd of the people (i.e. telling them what to do) to that of a loving friend and companion (as heard in the Gospel John 15:917).

He said it was the love of the people that helped support and uplift the priests.

“You are the wind beneath our wings,” he said.