|With my family and Fr John Galea after my Diaconate ordination in June 1976|
On Monday June 19, I will celebrate 40 years since my Ordination with 12 other classmates. Over the next 4 posts, I will share with you a few photos reviewing my pastoral ministry over the past 40 years, in Malta, New York and Oregon. I start today with my early years as a priest in my home parish of St Julian’s, where I served for 4 years, helping with our altar-servers, youth group, baptismal preparation, catechetical instruction, the organization of the village feast of St Julian, plus much pastoral work in the parish.
|My holy card on the occasion of my Ordination and first Solemn Mass.|
My first years in the USA were at Holy Spirit parish in New Hyde Park, Long Island, NY, where I served for 10 years. That parish had a big parochial school with 600 children, a large Youth Group and a very active community, with nearby hospitals which kept us very busy. When I started there we were 6 priests and 13 nuns. When I left in 1991, we were just 2 priests and 3 nuns. Obviously I have thousands of photos to share, but I will restrict each post to 5 photos.
|During a First Communion with Ramona Formosa|
|With 6 priests and 13 nuns at Holy Spirit parish, New Hyde Park, NY|
|First Communion in 1987 at Holy Spirit, New Hyde Park, NY|