SCARBOROUGH – More than 50 priests from Maine joined parishioners at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church on September 24 to celebrate the priesthood as well as the ordination anniversaries of many priests.
The annual Jubilee Mass honors priests celebrating special anniversaries since their priestly ordination, especially those commemorating 25 or 50 years as a priest. The jubilees in attendance represented nearly 1,600 years of priestly service, and the celebration was twice as large this year as the anniversaries of 2020 and 2021 were honored.
“It is a good thing that we do as we come together to honor these good men whose birthdays we celebrate today,” said Bishop Robert Deeley, who celebrated mass, according to a press release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. “It is also good for all of us to give thanks for the gift of the priesthood. We give thanks for the gift of all our priests and the bonds of fraternity that are created between us.
During his 26 years of ministry, Bishop Andrew Dubois has served in parishes, including his current role as pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Bangor, Brewer, Hampden and Winterport, vicar of priests, vicar general and moderator of the curia. . He was respected and successful as the chief administrator of the diocese, but he feels most comfortable and fulfilled among the faithful of a parish.
Bro. Daniel Greenleaf, pastor of Prince of Peace parish in Lewiston, Sabattus and Lisbon Falls, said he could not believe that a quarter of a century had passed since he was ordained a priest in the St. Joseph’s Church in his hometown of Biddeford.
“I still consider myself a newbie in the priesthood until I connect with those who have been ordained 10 years or less and then realize that I am one of the oldest priests for them,” said Greenleaf. “God has been really good to me, blessing me with incredible experiences in the priesthood. All I got is gratitude.
Bro. Fred Morse was ordained a priest in 1995. Now pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Kennebunk and Wells, Morse says that after all he has learned in his 26 years of priestly ministry, his advice to her youngest on the day of her ordination would be only six words.
“Wisdom is always to listen.”
Fifty years later, Fr. Joël R. Cyr still clearly remembers his ordination day at Fort Kent.
“The day was beautifully sunny and the congregation was very happy. I remember the church was artfully decorated and the celebration was sacred. A corner of paradise on earth. God’s people at their best on earth, ”said Cyr, who spent eight years serving in Millinocket and Benedicta before stepping down from active ministry in 2014.
Bro. Raymond Auger, who was ordained a priest in Portland by Bishop Daniel J. Feeney, said his 65 years as a priest is a “great gift” and encouraged those who decide if they are called to the priesthood. priesthood to engage in discernment.
“When I went to seminary, I didn’t know for sure that I would achieve my goal, but I wanted to know for myself if God was calling me to be a priest. I walked in and was happy. There have been difficulties along the way, but you must persevere to achieve your goal. I have had a wonderful life. It’s not for everyone, but go find it out.
After Mass, a luncheon was held in the hall of St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, with Bishop Robert Reed, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, as the keynote speaker. Reed also concelebrated mass with Deeley.
The priests who celebrate their 65th anniversary of ordination in 2020 or 2021 are Auger, Bro. Antony Mullaney, Fr. Sylvio Levesque, Fr. Harold Moreshead and Fr. Hubert Paquet.
The priests celebrating their 60th anniversary of ordination in 2020 or 2021 are Monsignor Charles Murphy, Bro. Antonio Amato, Fr. Alfred Jacques, Fr. Richard Rice, Fr. Philip Tracy and Fr. James Roy, MM.
The priests who celebrate their 55th anniversary of ordination in 2020 or 2021 are Fr. Albert Roux, Fr. Roger Chabot, Fr. Vincent Mellone and Fr. Roger Chabot.
The priests celebrating their 50th anniversary of ordination in 2020 or 2021 are Cyr, Bro. Alfred Irving, Fr. John O’Hara, PC James Martel and Fr. David Schlaver, SCC.
In addition to Dubois, Greenleaf and Morse, the priests who are celebrating their 25th anniversary of ordination in 2020 or 2021 are Fr. William Modlin, Fr. Jacques Dolbec, SOLT, and Fr. Aurélijus Gricius, OFM.