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Mass to mark Archbishop’s priestly jubilee

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Special event: Archbishop Mark Coleridge with his new book Words from the Wound.

BRISBANE archdiocese is celebrating Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s fortieth anniversary of ordination to the priesthood with a Solemn Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral on May 17.

Archbishop Coleridge will be principal celebrant of the 10am Mass, and will be joined by the priests and people of the archdiocese.

Anyone in the archdiocesan community is welcome to attend.

The Archbishop was ordained a priest in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne on May 18, 1974, by Bishop John Kelly, who was then serving as administrator of the diocese following the retirement of Cardinal James Knox.

To mark Archbishop Coleridge’s 40th anniversary, Frs Anthony Ekpo and David Pascoe have edited a selection of his addresses, letters and homilies for a book called Words from the Wound.

Bishop Brian Finnigan will launch the book after the anniversary Mass.

In the preface to the book, Frs Ekpo and Pascoe wrote that the title, “Words from the Wound”, were “inspired by the Archbishop’s understanding of the priesthood as ‘the love of the Heart of Jesus’, the love of the One with the pierced heart from which there flow streams of blood and water for the life of the world”.

“His episcopal motto is ‘Sanguis et Aqua’ (Blood and Water), taken from John 19:34,” they wrote.

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