Canon Francis Brown’s Golden Jubilee Mass – Photos

Newry Cathedral News

On Sunday, June 9th, 2024, Canon Francis Brown celebrated a special Mass to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. This significant milestone, often referred to as a Golden Jubilee, is a time for reflection and thanksgiving. See below for videos.

Canon Francis (centre) with Archbishop Eamon Martin (centre-right) and clergy from the Diocese of Dromore and Archdiocese of Armagh.

Archbishop Eamon Martin and Bishop Emeritus John McAreavey joined Canon Brown at the altar, adding a sense of occasion to the service. The ceremony was further enriched by Father Callum Young chanting the Gospel reading and Canon John Kearney delivering a thoughtful homily.

Archbishop Eamon Martin (right) says a few words of congratulations to Canon Brown (left) before the final blessing. Also pictured: Fr Carlos Esteban Rojo (centre).

In a display of unity, priests from both the Dromore Diocese and the Archdiocese of Armagh joined Canon Brown and the celebrants in the sanctuary. This participation symbolised the wider church family coming together to celebrate Canon Brown’s dedication and service.

Following the Mass, Canon Francis planted a rose bush in the cathedral garden, a lasting reminder of this special golden jubilee.

Canon Francis planted a rose in the cathedral garden after his Golden Jubilee Mass. He is photographed here with members of the cathedral garden committee.
 Canon Francis with a display of flowers brought from the gardens of parishioners.
Canon Francis with family members, including his grand niece and grand nephew.


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