Our Immingham port chaplain Father Colum Kelly celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood with two special Masses at Corpus Christi Church, Grimsby and St. Pius’ Church, Grimsby on 27 April, Divine Mercy Sunday.
In attendance were AoS port chaplains, volunteer ship visitors and local supporters, as well as the AoS national director, Martin Foley, who spoke at both Masses.
Martin said, “This was a joyous occasion and a wonderful opportunity to give thanks to God for Father Colum’s 40 years’ service as a priest, 10 of which have been dedicated to serving seafarers visiting Immingham and the Trent.”
In 2013, Fr Colum was given an award in honour of his outstanding contribution to the life of the port as part of the port of Immingham's 100 year celebrations. His ministry with seafarers has also been featured in a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week titled Deepsea and Foreign Going: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry that Brings You 90% of Everything by Rose George.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Fr Colum turned his ministry with seafarers into a 'mobile' operation after the seafarers centre in Immingham was destroyed following last year's tidal surge.
You can view a photo album of the celebrations by going to our Facebook Page.