“Their inner voices are not silent. Their prayers continue. Their charisms and vowed consecration remain as signs of witness, of service, of holiness, of grace.”
Such were the words of Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., speaking for World Day for Consecrated Life in 2018 of the men and women religious who continue to serve God in their later years. In these pages of the annual “Lives of Faith” magazine, The Monitor honors priests, deacons and religious who are retiring or celebrating special anniversaries in 2019.
Self-described as a man who has “always loved stories,” retired priest of the Diocese Msgr. Walter E. Nolan has drawn upon that appreciation in 50 years of priesthood, using his storytelling penchant for those of all ages in his homilies, and his understanding and love of other people. More ... Thursday, August 1, 2019
Father Patrick J. Castles’ 50 years of priestly service spans a pivotal period in the life of the Church, one where the faithful were encouraged to take a more active role in worship, service and prayer. More ... Thursday, August 1, 2019
When Father Thomas Maher embarked on his mission of priestly service 25 years ago, he didn’t envision marking the significant milestone as pastor of Howell’s St. William the Abbot Parish. More ... Thursday, August 1, 2019
As Father Martin O’Reilly, pastor of Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, Bordentown, reflects on his 25th anniversary of ordination, he smiles when he thinks of how his journey to priesthood began with a missed subway stop.
Residents and visitors to a small assisted living facility on the grounds of Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Potomac, Md., can find 99-year-old Father Gerard S. Sloyan still continuing to live out his vocation – a ministry now more than seven decades in the making. More ... Wednesday, July 31, 2019
When planning began for a twofold celebration of the 50th anniversary of Msgr. Harold F. Cullen’s ordination and his retirement from active ministry, he was very insistent about an outdoor Mass on the church steps followed by a “family picnic” with music and activities for children. More ... Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Father Robert F. Kaeding’s 46 years of full-time ministry officially culminated with his July 1 retirement, but just days after a weekend of festive celebration marking that milestone, Father Kaeding was back at work, overseeing activities as usual at The Center, the support facility he founded in Asbury Park for those with HIV/AIDS. More ... Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Nearly a dozen priests are marking retirements or celebrating their 50th or 25th anniversaries to the priesthood this year. Following are photo galleries of these men of faith celebrating Mass and visiting with their parishioners, friends and family.