Father Bill Celebrates 40 Years as a Priest

Fr Bill Book

Father Bill celebrated the fortieth anniversary of his ordination to the Priesthood with Masses on Friday 6 June, and Sunday 8 June. The Friday evening Mass, was attended, despite diluvian rains, by more than 500 local parishoners together with friends from other parishes, including Billericay, Epping, Ilford and Southend.


Afterwards, at a splendid reception held in the Cathedral Hall, Father Bill was presented with a cheque and a booklet compiling the love and best wishes of his many friends.



He was also encouraged to cut the cake made by parishoners for the occasion.


Fr Dan La foule

On Sunday 8 June, the actual day of his anniversary, Father Bill celebrated Mass with Bishop Thomas.


 Fr Bill Bishop Thomas Deacon Paul

Father Bill with Bishop Thomas and Deacon Paul after Mass.


Fr Bil_1968l

A photograph of Father Bill taken in 1968, the year he was ordained. He was a seminarian at St Patrick's College, at Thurles in County Tipperary, Ireland.


Sunday Party

In brilliant sunshine, a party was held after Sunday Mass on the green outside the Cathedral.


Fr Dan Fr Bil

Father Bill enjoying meeting parishoners.


Fr Paul Bishop Thomas Deacon Paul

A youngster joins Father Paul, Deacon Paul and the Bishop.


Fr Bill Group

Father Bill enjoying meeting more parishoners.


Fr Bill Book

Long may he continue to serve our joint parishes!