Priests Gather for Convocation

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Colleen Rowan Photo

Bishop Michael J. Bransfield celebrates Mass, with priests from all over the diocese concelebrating, at the Convocation of Priests at St. John XXIII Pastoral Center in Charleston May 4. The bishop thanked all of the priests for their ministry and their care of the faithful in the Mountain State. He also recognized Msgr. Samuel Sacus and Father Leon Alexander, celebrating their 50th anniversaries of ordination to priesthood; and Father Leonard Smith and Father Dom Daniel Oppenheimer, CRNJ, celebrating their 25th anniversaries. He also recognized the following priests who are retiring from active ministry this year: Msgr. Jeremiah McSweeney; Msgr. P. Edward Sadie, V.F.; Father Giles LeVasseur; and Father Julian Marneni.

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