Fr Bob Curmi SDB celebrated his 60th anniversary of ordination to the Priesthood over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd July.
On the Saturday, the Salesian community hosted a lunch with fellow priests of the Archdiocese of Hobart. Archbishop Julian Porteous also attended the luncheon as well as Fr. Bob’s brother Victor who flew down to Hobart for the special occasion.
Fr Bob has been living and working in Glenorchy since 1985 and is well known amongst clergy and people alike and is a most respected priest in the Archdiocese.
On Sunday Fr Bob presided at the Eucharist, Fr Peter Rankin preached and the Archbishop was again present. In his homily Fr. Peter developed three points: Fr. Bob as a man of prayer, secondly Fr. Bob who has shown a great capacity for work, and thirdly Fr. Bob’s priesthood that has been marked by the qualities of the Good Shepherd. St John’s Church Glenorchy was packed as the parish cancelled other weekend Masses to give fitting tribute to mark the occasion. At the same time the parish celebrated 60 years. Fr John Wallis was the founding Parish Priest when it began in 1956.
Fr. Bob cut a special cake after Mass. The celebrations were joyful faith-filled and uplifting for all who took part.
Only four other Salesians in our Province have reached these milestones, Fr John Cerrutti, Fr John Murphy (Senior), Fr. Alan MacDonald and Fr Dan O’Sullivan, so Fr. Bob has shared this Diamond Jubilee in elite company.
Congratulations Fr. Bob on this fantastic achievement.
By Fr Peter Rankin SDB, Rector