Mgr Moran celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of his Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood at a celebration of Holy Mass with family members, parishioners and friends at Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Kirk Sandall, on 16 July, the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Monsignor celebrated the Mass wearing the chasuble and stole with which he was vested, and using the chalice and paten presented to him, during his Ordination that took place in the Church of St John the Baptist, Normanton, on 16 July, 1958. Bishop Ralph, the Vicar General and Parish Priest concelebrated the Mass with him.
During the homily, he reflected on the many changes that he had witnessed and experienced in the life of the Church since he entered the Junior Seminary at Ushaw 72 years ago, and then as a priest of the dioceses of Leeds and Hallam.
Mgr Moran thanked the parishioners for their prayers, affection, support and for the friendship he had been shown since his arrival in Kirk Sandall as a ‘retired’ priest.
Bishop Ralph spoke before the blessing, thanking Monsignor for his faithful and dedicated service over 60 years and mentioning his various assignments to parishes in both Leeds and Hallam. He also referred to Mgr Moran’s years with the Catholic Missionary Society on the ‘home mission’ throughout the length and breadth of the country, and his invaluable hard work for the fledgling Diocese of Hallam as its first Episcopal Vicar for Finance and Development.
On behalf of the parish, as a token of their esteem, affection and gratitude for his ministry and priestly presence, the Bishop then presented Mgr Moran with an Apostolic Blessing.
After Holy Mass the celebration continued with some splendid refreshments that had been prepared by parishioners. It was a lovely, joyful occasion, marking a significant milestone in the life and ministry of one of our priests.
Ad multos annos!