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
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.