Golden Jubilee celebration for a priest and his parish
|Fr Gerry Iverson. Photo: Shelly A Barnes.|
Six hundred parishioners, friends and clergy from across the Diocese and beyond have joined Fr Gerry Iverson in celebrating his Golden Jubilee Mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace Greystanes.
The Jubilee Mass was held 50 years to the day of Fr Gerry's ordination on 16 July 1960.
Bishop of Parrmatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, was the principal celebrant at the Mass on Friday 16 July, joining with Archbishop Francis Carroll, Bishop Kevin Manning, Bishop Geoff Robinson, Bishop Bede Heather and around 45 other priest from Parramatta, Wagga Wagga, Sydney, Wollongong, Sandhurst, Adelaide and Port Pirie Dioceses.
"Fr Gerry is known as a priests' priest," Bishop Anthony said in his homily. "He has followed up and given encouragement to those he knew as seminarians...through his monthly gatherings and his care of priests on the edge. As one of his admirers put it to me: 'Fr Gerry often leaves the 99 for the one that was lost.'"
For more photos from Fr Gerry's Golden Jubilee Mass, see our Media Gallery.
For Fr Gerry's insights into 50 years of the priesthood, see our Priests of Parramatta section.
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