On 7 May 2018, Fr Ed marked the 30th anniversary of his priestly ordination. We did not celebrate it at the time as his mother was in her final hours, but we made up for it this Pentecost Sunday morning, 20 May 2018, with a presentation of gifts and crémant after Mass.
The gifts were a personal offering from our community. We wanted to keep it secret, so we did not make a public appeal, but the catechists, coffee organisers, Eucharistic ministers, musicians, pastoral council, readers and other volunteers all chipped in.
The first gift was an antique icon. According to tradition, the image of Our Lady of Iverskaja was first written by the Evangelist Luke. The version we presented to Fr Ed, which we located at the Monastery of Chevetogne in Belgium, was written in Russia between 1840 and 1850.
The second gift was a monetary one, for Fr Ed to enjoy as he pleases.
Fr Ed is at the heart of our community and we give thanks for his vocation and service both to our community and throughout his priestly ministry.