We’ve spent the last few days away from Initiative – and blogging – duties to join a crowd of our friends in celebrating Fr Roger Nesbitt’s 40th anniversary of priestly ordination.
Hundreds of parishioners and friends from all over the UK (and beyond!) gathered in Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Folkestone Kent to give thanks for his vocation and to pray for many more.
We were all there to pay tribute to an utterly radiant Fr Nesbitt, but also as living evidence of the amazing fruitfulness of Fr Nesbitt’s ministry: 40 years of fidelity to Christ and His Church, profound pastoral love for His people, perseverance, courage and phenomenal charm.
It was a great privilege and joy for us to be there…not to mention a great laugh travelling down with the Sisters McCallion (Ann and Margaret who are blood sisters and great friends of ours and many other people who will view this blog)
Fr Nesbitt was presented with two scrolls, one from a whole host of priests (37 in total) who attribute, at least in part, their vocations to him; the other was from us in recognition of the part he has played in our own vocations. (Images and text from these two will follow)
In the meantime here is a picture of us with Fr Nesbitt:
Ad Multos Annos