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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A reluctant jubilee

A golden jubilee is a big deal, right? Not to Franciscan Friar of the Renewal Father Benedict J. Groeschel, whose 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination was in June. On Oct. 18, there will be a big celebration Mass to mark the occasion in Nutley, N.J.

As Father Groeschel told writer Tom Hoopes for the Oct. 18 issue of OSV, the celebration wasn't his idea. "I totally dislike the whole thing. I never wanted to have any celebration of my 50th. I don't believe in these things," he said. "Ordained priests should celebrate their anniversary by putting a rope around their neck and ashes on their heads and asking God forgiveness for their sins."

The organizers were able to get his approval by using the event to raise money for Good Counsel Homes for homeless pregnant women and children, which he co-founded.

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