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Celebrating
35 Years of Priestly Service

Photos By Joe Gigli

Rockaway Boro - On a bitterly cold but brilliantly lit Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004 afternoon, the Roman Catholic communities of St. Cecilia and Sacred Heart parishes gathered to honor Father Brendan J. Murray, parochial vicar of the two parishes, on the 35th anniversary of his priestly ordination.

Celebrating 35 Years of Priestly Service

ROCKAWAY On a bitterly cold but brilliantly lit Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004 afternoon, the Roman Catholic communities of St. Cecilia and Sacred Heart parishes gathered to honor Father Brendan J. Murray, parochial vicar of the two parishes, on the 35th anniversary of his priestly ordination.

  St. Cecilia's Church was packed to standing room only (about 300 people) as they heard countless words of praise and good works about Father Murray from a Rockaway firefighter (Father Murray is department chaplain), fellow priests and a parish school student. A luncheon reception followed Mass in the church basement where Father Murray received a plaque honoring his service to the fire department.

Photos By Joe Gigli

   Members of the Murray family in attendance included Father Murray's mother, brothers Kevin and his wife Debbie, Brian and his wife Teresa; sister Susan Koeller and many nieces and nephews.

(top left) Fr. Murray gets a hug from Msgr. John Heart, pastor of Saint Cecilia Church. (above left) Deacon Paul Willson; Fr. Murray; Deacon Jack Taylor; and Fr. Paul Manning, president of Morris Catholic High School. (above right) Fr. Murray is applauded by his mom Rita Murray. (left) Parishioners and guests congratulate Fr. Murray. (below left) Fr. Murray is presented with a plaque honoring his service as fire chaplain. (below right) Part of Fr. Murray's family.

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