Catholic Life

Mining town welcomes new priest

Fr Marc Lyden-Smith celebrated his Mass as a newly ordained priest in his home parish of St Aloysius church, Hebburn, Tyne and Wear, on Sunday, June 13, writes Edward S Lewis.

Bishop Seamus Cunningham ordained Fr Lyden-Smith in his own parish of St Aloysius. He was the first priest to be ordained there for 37 years.

The ordination took place on June 12, with 60 priests taking part in the ceremony. The happy occasion was witnessed by family, friends and local parishioners.

Fr Lyden-Smith’s younger brother, Matthew, an altar server at St Aloysius, performed the role of cross bearer for the ordination, and also for Fr Lyden-Smith’s first Mass as a priest.

Fr Lyden-Smith may be seen in the photograph above, towards the back of the group, with Fr Martin Morris, parish priest of St Aloysius, along with the priests and altar servers who took part in Fr Lyden-Smith’s first Mass.

Fr Lyden-Smith said: “It was wonderful to be ordained in my parish and to become the first person to be ordained at St Aloysius for 37 years. St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle, which is where ordinations normally take place, is closed as part of a £1m renovation, so that is the reason the service took place at my church.”

Fr Lyden-Smith was joined by his parents, Keith and Susan, other relations and friends. Guests enjoyed refreshments afterwards in a marquee in the grounds of the church where a television screen was set up so that priests and faithful could enjoy England’s opening game against the USA in the World Cup.