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2019 'Lives of Faith': Annual tribute to clergy & religious anniversaries, retirements

“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.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Filled With Wonder: Father Lambeth looks back on lifetime of God's love, mercy
Father Mick Lambeth continues to be completely awed by the countless ways in which he has experienced the loving hand of God in is life. More ...
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Meaningful Work -- Father McDonnell reflects on active, culturally varied ministry
When an Irish storyteller like Father Patrick J. McDonnell is ready to spin a tale about his 46 years as a Roman Catholic priest, pull up a chair, listen and learn. More ...
Thursday, August 1, 2019
The Long Walk: Msgr. Nolan looks back on 50 years of loss, love and fullness with God
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
Meeting Needs With Joy: Parish life, social concerns at heart of Father Lorentsen's ministry
Celebrating 25 years as a friar-priest, Conventual Franciscan Father Michael Lorentsen has a ready answer when he speaks of his motivation: the joy of the Gospel. More ...
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Growing With the Church: Father Castles' priesthood spans various Church changes, single focus on Christ
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
Steady Mission: Father Nestor Chavenia's ministry spans 25 years, different borders
One important lesson that Father Nestor Chavenia has learned in his 25 years of priesthood is what it means to work in community with others. More ...
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Faith in Action: Father Cioffi marks 50 years with lifetime dedication to priesthood, social issues
As Father Ronald J. Cioffi tells it, he began his priestly journey on the road to Jericho when he was ordained 50 years ago. More ...
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Finding His Way: Father Thomas Maher sees fulfillment, joy in parish life after Legionaries ministry
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
... But God Persisted: Father O'Reilly attributes 25 years of priesthood to God's guidance

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.

 
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Thursday, August 1, 2019
Lifetime Love of the Gospel: 99-year-old Father Sloyan enthusiastic about 75 years in priesthood
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
Establishing Roots: Bittersweet celebration as Spring Lake pastor marks major milestone, says farewell
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
Social Concerns Advocate: After 46 years in ministry,Father Kaeding looks forward to active retirement in social ministry
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
PHOTO GALLERIES: Priests celebrating retirement, 50th and 25th anniversaries

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.

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Friday, July 26, 2019



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