Father Phil Medlin’s Golden Jubilee of Ordination

13/08/2014

Celebrating Father Phil Medlin’s Golden Jubilee of Ordination
Photography: Alphonsus Fok

From CatholicCare Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta

CatholicCare Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta’s Mission & Pastoral Services Director Fr Phil Medlin CSsR has celebrated his Golden Jubilee of Ordination.

The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, was the principal celebrant at a Mass for Fr Phil at St Patrick’s Church Blacktown on Thursday 10 July. The Mass was concelebrated by Emeritus Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Kevin Manning DD, the Vicar General and Episcopal Vicar for Social Welfare, Very Rev Peter Williams VG EV, the Redemptorist Provincial, Very Rev Pat Corbett CSsR, Fr Phil’s Redemptorist confreres and other priests.

The theme of Bishop Anthony’s Homily was the Prophet Jeremiah and the trials and tribulations faced by a man of God and God’s Plan for us all.

‘Priest, listener, learner and breaker of bread’

Celebrating Father Phil Medlin’s Golden Jubilee of Ordination
Photography: Alphonsus Fok

Fr Phil was the one of the first clergy to be ordained in the English Language rather than Latin, in a Mass that reflected the changes brought about by the Second Vatican Council.

Following Ordination, Fr Phil spent his Apostolic Year in Melbourne training in various parishes, before commencing a lifelong dedication to mission.

The Redemptorist mission is to preach the Gospel with an emphasis on those at the margins of society and the Church. Western Sydney has one of the largest concentrations of Indigenous people in Australia, so it was natural that a priest with Fr Phil’s background could make a major contribution here. He has been doing so for 22 years and counts Aunty Janice and Uncle Ben Taylor amongst his closest friends.

Fr Phil is also currently Chaplain to the 140 staff of CatholicCare Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta, and is also a prison chaplain.

But perhaps the best description of Fr Phil is to be found on his business card:

‘Priest, Listener, Learner and Breaker of Bread’

Read full story at the CatholicCare Parramatta site

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