On Saturday 29th June Bishop William Kenney (left) and Father John McCormack CP (right) celebrated their 50-year anniversary to the priesthood with a mass held at St Joseph’s, Highgate in North London, a Passionist parish.

Together with Fr Anthony Hale CP the trio were ordained in St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, on 29 June 1969 by Archbishop George Patrick Dwyer. Unfortunately, Fr Anthony was not well enough last month to attend the celebration mass.

Bishop Kenney, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, looks after the Pastoral Areas (Southern Deaneries) of Banbury, Coventry, Oxford (North & South), Rugby and Warwick. There is an interview with him on the Archdiocese of Birmingham website, and a selection of photos from the day of celebration below.

Fr John lives and ministers in Gothenburg in Sweden with Passionist brothers Fr Wojtek Seliga and Father Kasimir Pavlek and is pictured with them in the final photo in the slideshow (l-r Fr Wojtek, Fr John, Fr Kasimir).