"Today is for me a time of great happiness and pride. I am humbled by the outpouring of love, affection and support that has flooded over me in recent weeks.
Looking back to that Spring day in 1965 when I was ordained a priest, I could never have imagined or predicted the path my vocation would take. Whatever hopes and thoughts I had then of what the future might hold, I never came close to imagining a day like today.
I offer my heartfelt thanks to all those who have supported and assisted me throughout my life and promise them they will be remembered in my prayers, now and always."
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