2012 marks the Golden Jubilee of presbyteral ordination of Fr Ray Kearney, a priest of the Archdiocese of Brisbane.  Fr Ray was the first pastor I served under as curate when I was ordained.  I have very happy memories of my early days of ordained ministry at Sacred Heart, Booval, with Fr Ray and Pauline Peters, the then pastoral associate of the parish, and, not forgetting, of course, Yinnie – of happy memory – the presbytery dog!  I later also served a further three years as Fr Ray’s associate pastor in Sunnybank and Acacia Ridge parishes.

Former parishioners and friends of Fr Ray – from Booval, Sunnybank, and elsewhere –  might be interested to know of two public events to mark his Golden Jubilee.

* This Friday, 15 June 2012, several of Fr Ray’s former associate pastors will concelebrate the 12.30pm Mass at Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, with Fr Ray as principal celebrant.

* Next Wednesday, 20 June 2012, all the jubilarians of the Archdiocese will be honoured at Mass concelebrated with Archbishop Coleridge at 10.30am in Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane.

All are invited and welcome to both Masses.  I’m sure that Fr Ray would be delighted to see you there, as we give thanks to God for his fifty years of priestly service in the Archdiocese.