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The end of the year of Father Jordan

JordanFor the past year Salvatorians have been celebrating the Year of Father Jordan, marking the life work, spirituality and charism of our founder, Fr Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan, and praying for the furtherance of his cause for beatification by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. On Friday, 19th June, 2009 Collaborators from many parishes joined with those of St. Anthony’s Church, Greenmount to commemorate the end of this special year.

The evening commenced with Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Barry Hickey and concelebrated by Bishop Houlahan, representatives of other Western Australian Bishops and a large number of Salvatorian Priests, both from Western Australian and Eastern States Parishes. In a thought-provoking Homily Fr. Tadeusz spoke of the life of Fr. Jordan and the work of the Society of the Divine Saviour. Lay members of the Greenmount Collaborators provided the excellent music and also assisted in the Mass.

Following Mass Priests and Collaborators moved to the beautifully prepared Parish Centre where a delicious meal awaited them; to follow was an evening of music, fellowship and good fun including the drawing of raffles for which a huge variety of prizes had been donated. Top prizes including an impressive cash door prize and a large hamper of quality linen went to delighted winners.

Grateful thanks goes to Fr. Leonard and the Collaborator Team at Greenmount for all the work they had done to ensure that this was a special night as befitted the special occasion it marked.

The celebration illustrated Fr. Jordan’s vision for a Salvatorian Community which was inclusive of Lay People playing their part. Also evident was the high regard in which our Salvatorian Priests are held – from the excited greetings at the door of the Church before Mass through to the shared enjoyment of the social evening there was a special sense of community; one in which Fr. Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan may have been well pleased.

As the Year of Fr. Jordan drew to a close Pope Benedict XVI was announcing in Rome the beginning of the Year of the Priest during which we will again have the opportunity to pray for and support our much beloved Salvatorian Priests. 

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