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On Friday 7 June 2019, a full Salisbury Cathedral joined in the celebration Mass for the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Canon Michael Fitzpatrick, parish priest of St Osmund’s, St Gregory’s and The Holy Redeemer Catholic Churches in Salisbury.

This Mass was held with the generous permission of the Bishop of Salisbury and the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral and was the second Mass to be celebrated there since the Reformation.

Canon Michael was joined for this celebration by Bishop Declan Lang, Bishop Emeritus Crispian Hollis and the Bishop of Salisbury. sixty priests of the diocese who were also in attendance to concelebrate the Mass.

Canon Michael has been a priest of the diocese since his ordination and has also served in the parishes of St Peter’s Gloucester; St Joseph’s Fishponds and Our Lady of Lourdes Kingswood, Bristol.

Bishop Crispian Hollis gave the homily and said that Fr Michael will be best remembered and loved for this fruitful and pastoral ministry, which is why today we particularly thank the Lord for the great things he has been able to do through his priestly work. But we thank God too for Michael’s own fidelity to the call he has been given and to which he has given his life.

You can hear the full homily below and read the full text here:

Canon Michael Anniversary June 2019

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Canon Michael spoke at length with Diocesan Communication’s Officer, Phil Gibbons the day before the Mass about his 50 years as a Priest and how things have changed both in the diocese and within the Catholic Church in this time.

You can watch the full video below: