The Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, will this Sunday, 19 February, celebrate the Golden Jubilee of his ordination to the Priesthood with the Annual Civic Mass and Mass of Thanksgiving at 3.00 pm in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool.
The Archbishop was ordained on 18 February 1962 in the chapel of the Venerable English College, Rome, by Cardinal William Godfrey, himself a former Archbishop of Liverpool (1953-1956) also present was a future Archbishop of Liverpool (1976-1996) and Archbishop Kelly’s predecessor, the then Monsignor Derek Worlock, who was Master of Ceremonies and Secretary to the Cardinal.
Archbishop Kelly will mark the day of the anniversary tomorrow, Saturday 18 February, when he celebrates Mass with the Carmelite Sisters at the Carmelite Monastery, Liverpool.
At the beginning of Sunday afternoon’s Mass Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Williams will invite Father Stephen Maloney and Father James Preston, of the Archdiocesan Vocations Team, together with their families, to present to the Archbishop a Crozier (Bishop’s staff) designed for him, on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee to the priesthood, by Raphael Seitz.
The First Reading at Sunday’s Mass (Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24-25) will be read by His Honour Judge Robert Altham, the Archbishop’s second cousin, and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Frank Prendergast will read the Second Reading (2 Corinthians 1:18-22). The Gospel Reading will be from St Mark’s Gospel (2:1-12).
The Archbishop’s nephew, John Kelly, will lead the Prayer of the Faithful. The gifts will be carried to the altar by the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead, and Jason Crompton, Grace McBride, Matt Scargill and Lucy Cullen, students from Cardinal Newman College, formerly Preston Catholic College, which the Archbishop attended.
The Choir of the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Cathedral Girls’ Choir and the Cathedral Organist will be taking part in the music of the Mass under their Director, Christopher McElroy. The music will include Gregorian Chant and Gloria and Agnus Dei in a setting by Louis Vierne. The motets ‘I was glad’ by Charles Hubert Parry and ‘The Spirit of the Lord by Edward Elgar will be sung. The hymns include: ‘Praise to the holiest in the height’ with words by Cardinal John Henry Newman; ‘See us Lord about thine altar’, and ‘Hail Redeemer, King Divine’ a hymn written specially for the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Among those attending the Mass will be Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue of which Archbishop Kelly is a member. His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, will also attend as will Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster. They will all speak at the conclusion of the Mass.
Liverpool priest, His Excellency Archbishop Paul Gallagher, who serves the Holy See as Apostolic Nuncio to Guatemala will attend together with Bishops from throughout England and Wales and from Scotland, Ireland and Gibraltar. A special visitor will be the Right Reverend Don Franco Pirisi, Vicar General of the Diocese of Ispahan in Iran where Archbishop Kelly has visited on several occasions as part of his work with the Bishops’ Conference Department of International Affairs.
The Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool, is unfortunately, due to long standing commitments, unable to attend the Mass but in a special message to the Archbishop says: ‘I thank God for the blessings of our fellowship and for all the good things that flow from our working together’. Other Church Leaders from Merseyside and Region will be present.
In addition to the Lord Lieutenant of Liverpool and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool the Civic Guests include Mayors from throughout the region. The Honorary Recoder of Liverpool, His Honour Judge Clement Goldstone QC and the High Sheriff of Merseyside, Professor Helen Carty, will be present with a number of judges and magistrates. Local Councillors will attend as will Members of Parliament Steve Rotherham and Derek Twigg.