Fr David McDonald at 90
On Sunday 3rd March, we at St Gregorys were delighted to join with Fr David as he celebrated his 90th Birthday! Fr Davids actual birthday is on Ash Wednesday... so the feast was transferred to the nearest Sunday outside of Lent!
Fr David was ordained in 1953! This was as a Presbyterian Minister, he subsequently converted to Catholicism. The rules were rather different pre Vatican Council II, so he could not at that time become a Catholic Priest. On advice, he became a Teacher, subsequently a Husband, Parent, a member of the RAF (which brought him with his Family to Cheltenham), and then a Permanent Deacon (in which ministry he served the Parish for some 25 years). Following the death of his beloved wife Margaret, he returned to the priesthood, being ordained as a Catholic Priest by Bishop Declan in our Parish Church on July 11th 2014, and has continued to serve our community since then, still at 90 celebrating Mass in the Parish.
A wide range of Parishioners turned out to help him celebrate, ranging from a child celebrating her 2nd birthday on the same day, several people he has baptised, and married, and in the heavenly realm many whom he has buried during his long ministry with us.