Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Thank you Fr. John!

Fr. John O'Holohan SJ gives his first blessing after ordination to his parents Patrick and Winnie O'Holohan on 28 July 1955.

This post is a couple days early - but events can be unpredictable around here, so I thought I better get this up today.

Fr. John spent 22 years as missionary in Zambia. He has spent the last 17 years or so as a missionary in Florida and South Carolina. He is the pastor at my parish, St. Catherine of Sienna in Lancaster, SC and also in two other parishes. He is 82 years old and an inspiration to my children, my family, and my parish, and many others. He is also responsible for naming our small holding, Bethany, (read the story here).

Requiem Press has published a booklet by him - about his missionary years, "Tales of a Missionary in Zambia". (We also carry the 11th edition of a prayerbook he originally wrote some 20 years ago.)

Fr. John is visiting family in Ireland this month. But we wish him congratualtions on his 50 years as a priest and thanks for answering God's call - continuing to work so faithfully in God's vineyard.

From Bethany, the small holding in Bethune...

Oremus pro invicem!


Anonymous said...

One thing that always brings tears to my eyes is a story about parents - fathers, especially - receiving communion from the hands of a son who has just been ordaind a priest. I don't know why. That's a great photo.

Jeff Culbreath said...

That last comment was mine, Jeff Culbreath's. BTW - we attended the 10:30 Mass on Sunday, but saw the Munsills leaving just as we arrived. Apparently they went to the early Mass and I missed your daughter. I had a gift for you ...

JCurley said...

Jeff - the first time I saw the picture, I felt the same. That's why I put it in the 'Tales' book even though it has nothing to do with Zambia.

I guess Krystle and Munsils went to early Mass. She had a great time. Picked her up at 1:00 AM this morning (flight delays) so we are all a bit groggy this morning.