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Motherwell’s newest and youngest priest ordained

There were great celebrations in Carfin as the newest and youngest priest for the Diocese of Motherwell was ordained last night.

Fr John Paul McShane was ordained to the priesthood on Monday July 3, as part of a beautiful Mass celebrated in St Francis Xavier’s Church, Carfin.

The church was filled with around 600 people, made up of Fr McShane’s family, friends, clergy, parishioners and many well-wishers, who came to see the much-loved seminarian take the final step in his journey towards the priesthood.

Principal celebrant Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell led the congregation in the Ordination Mass, while many members of clergy from across Scotland and England joined the bishop in concelebrating.

The congregation looked on as rector of St Mary’s College, Canon David Oakley, presented Fr McShane for ordination, before his parish priest, Fr McGachey, was given the privilege of vesting him with the stole and chasuble.

Touchingly, Fr McShane’s family played a special role in the Mass as his parents, Jim and Nina, brought the gifts to the altar, while his cousin Katie and uncle Andy did the readings of the day.

After the Ordination Mass, those present gathered in the Xavier Centre where celebrations continued.

Fr McShane thanked God for His many blessings and for calling him to the priesthood, saying: “This calling is both a gift and a mystery and so it is with great humility that I have thanks for this calling and pray that I will always remain faithful to it.”

He thanked his parents for the ‘love and support’ they give him every day and thanked them ‘for all they have given and continue to give to me.’

A full report and some great pictures of the Ordination can be found in this weekend’s edition of the SCO.

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