Saturday, May 2, 2009

Jubilee Celebration

I have returned from my trip to the Latin Mass Community in Cherokee Village to this wonderful news waiting for me at the blog, coming to us from Una Voce Philadelphia:

PHILADELPHIA, PA, May, 1, A priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Father Daniel J. Kehoe, age 96, will celebrate his 70th jubilee as a priest for the Archdiocese. After studying at St Charles Seminary, he was ordained by Dennis Cardinal Dougherty on June 3, 1939, and is the only surviving member of his ordination class. Father served as associate pastor, teacher and principal at three archdiocesan high schools, and as Pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Sharon Hill, PA, where he is now Pastor Emeritus. He is the oldest active priest still in service. On a bi-weekly basis, Fr Kehoe has been offering the Extraordinary Form of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at Our Lady of Consolation Church in Philadelphia, still driving the 20 some miles between the two churches, A most saintly, modest priest, Father shows his evident love for the ancient form by the deep reverence and evident piety of his celebrations and the profound wisdom of his sermons. Father likes to recall that, when he was born St Pius X was the reigning pope, and that his life has spanned nine pontificates.
This is an occasion to rejoice over a vast lifetime of priestly service to God and the Church. Let us pray for Father Kehoe and for all dedicated holy priests. Ad multos annos!