Fr. Francis Slater, retired priest of the diocese, celebrated 50 years of priesthood, on Saturday 11th June 2016. Fr. Slater concelebrated Mass at St. Ethelbert, Leominster, where he last served as parish priest. He was joined by 10 priests of the archdiocese, and from the surrounding areas.
Deacon Eddie Wyman of the Herefordshire Deanery gave the homily in which he spoke of the life of Saul, and compared his qualities with those shown by Fr. Slater during his ministry.
Fr. Slater hails from Preston in Lancashire but entered formation for the priesthood to serve in the Cardiff Archdiocese. He was ordained on 11th June 1966 and formerly served the parishes The Immaculate Conception, Treorchy, and Our Lady of Lourdes, Mountain Ash before he was appointed to St. Ethelbert, Leominster in 1986 where he spent 25 years up to his retirement in 2011. He now lives in a small Herefordshire village where he continues to enjoy his passion for cricket.
The photograph shows Fr. Slater, Centre, surrounded by (left to right) Fr. Christopher Evans, parish priest at St. Peter’s, Ludlow, Fr. Johnathan Rollinson OSB, and Fr. Michael Evans OSB of Belmont Abbey, Fr. Ambrose Walsh, Deacon Eddie Wyman, Fr. Simon McGurk OSB and Fr. Matthew Carney OSB of Belmont Abbey, Msgr. Canon Johnson, Ret., Diocese of Menevia, and Fr. Aidrian Wiltshire parish priest of Ledbury, Also concelebrating was Fr. Ambrose Nicholson, parish priest at Church Stretton, who is not pictured.
Photograph and article courtesy of Mr. William Potter