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Monday, March 27, 2017
Birmingham: Archbishop Couve de Murville celebrates Silver Jubilee
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¬†Archbishop Maurice Couve de Murville, Archbishop Emeritus of Birmingham, was principal celebrant at a special Mass to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of his Episcopal Ordination, in Birmingham, yesterday, writes Peter Jennings. The Mass was concelebrated by the three auxiliaries ≠ Bishop Philip Pargeter, Bishop David McGough and Bishop William Kenney CP, and priests from throughout the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Friends and people who worked with Archbishop Maurice were in the congregation. Also present were religious sisters, seminarians from Oscott College, and representatives from the secondary schools in the diocese. In his homily, Archbishop Vincent Nichols welcomed Archbishop Couve de Murville back to Birmingham, to celebrate his Silver Jubilee in St Chad's Cathedral where his Episcopal ordination took place on 25 March 1982. Archbishop Nichols said: "We are grateful to you for so much. You served the Archdiocese tirelessly. You brought such style to all you did. But today we thank God. That is the purpose of our celebration. "We hold it on this feast of the Annunciation, that moment which is so iconic of our faith. This is the key moment of invitation and decision: the Word of God, finding such a home and such fruit in the heart, soul, mind and body of Mary. "Thank you for coming so that we can celebrate this day with you, both here and afterwards in Oscott College. Thank you for your faithful ministry, at times so costly, at times so full of joy and always unstinting."
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