Fr. Joseph Canavan
Celebrates 52 years of Priesthood
Tribute to Father Joe
May 23, 2022
Dear Fr. Joe,
This week as you celebrate 52 years of ordination to priesthood, our St. Anselm family is grateful to God and thankful for you. Fifty two years of dedication, experience and amazing memories tells an important story of service and love of God. You are a priest with whom people can easily relate.
From the day you arrived, we have been blessed with the care you provide as a shepherd for the flock. Your great sense of humor goes a long way to put people at ease. You couldn’t have been prepared for outdoor Masses with falling snow or howling winds, yet you took it all in stride and laughed with us as you were dressed like the abominable snowman this winter!
Visiting and helping with faith formation this year has allowed you and our young people an opportunity to learn, to talk about God and our faith. Your well prepared homilies provide rich points to ponder long after they are delivered. We hear folks discussing them during the week. You could write a book of sermons that would be a bestseller!
Visiting our homebound members as a key ministry is a source of peace, happiness and comfort to them and their families.
Standing to say hello to people as they leave the outdoor Sunday Mass continues to be a great way to meet and greet everyone. Kudos for that! Your interest, support and participation in the Alpha program meant a great deal to the participants and will bear much fruit in the future.
We celebrate this important milestone in your life and look forward to continuing the journey with you, our shepherd.. May God continue to bless you as you do His will. Thank you for all you do for Him and for our community. You make a difference in the lives of all of us in this little corner of His vineyard known as St. Anselm.
ON A JOURNEY WITH CHRIST TO WELCOME, LOVE & SERVE