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Fr. Peter Celebrates Diamond

Fr. Peter McKenna, San Antonio, Texas, and formerly Derrykinnighbeg, Carrickroe, celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving in the Sacred Heart Church, Carrickroe on Sunday, 16th July, to mark the Diamond Jubilee of his priesthood. An open invitation was extended to everyone to attend the Mass and refreshments afterwards in Carrickroe Community Centre. A big crowd turned out and a joyous celebration was enjoyed by all.

Fr. Peter is son of the late John and Annie McKenna, (Pat Barney) of Derrykinnighbeg, and he has three brothers and four sisters, all of whom were present to share this wonderful occasion. His sisters are Mary, Rose, Eileen, and Madge, while his brothers are Benny, Joseph and Enda (now Monsignor Enda). He received his early education in Bragan NS and then St. Macartan’s College before going to Carlow to study for the priesthood. He selected to sign up for the San Antonio Diocese and was influenced very much in his decision by another young priest from Truagh, Fr. Seamus Treanor. Soon after he began his ministry he was thrilled when he got a phonecall telling him that his younger brother, Enda, would be joining him in the San Antonio diocese as a newly ordained priest. Fr. Enda celebrated his Golden Jubilee in 2013.

Fr. Peter’s celebratory Mass in Carrickroe was concelebrated by Monsignor Enda, Canon Macartan McQuaid, and Fr. John Flanagan, PP Truagh with Fr. Peter as main celebrant. Apologies were received from Fr. Sean Nolan, former PP Truagh. Members of the McKenna family were involved in the Liturgy and sacred hymns were sung by Sinead and Sarah Connolly, which added beautifully to the solemnity of the occasion. In his homily Fr. Peter explained that this was a Mass of Thanksgiving as he had so many to say thanks to for their involvement in his life. After Mass all moved to Carrickroe Community Centre for food and mingling. A very tasty meal was enjoyed by all and there was plenty of socialising and chatting. Fr. Peter, in saying thanks to one and all for their presence, told a humorous story and then invited others in the gathering to match that. Thus began a series of stories, some told publicly and others told within groups, but a very joyful and happy get-together continued through the afternoon.

We would like to congratulate Fr. Peter on his Diamond Jubilee and wish him continued good health and spirit to enjoy many many more years of priesthood.