Fr. Tony Moester celebrated his 60 years as a Salesian during the community Eucharist at Brooklyn Park in South Australia on 13th August. He was joined by every Salesian of the community together with two visiting priests: Fr. Peter Carroll from Sydney and Fr. Marc Barry from Melbourne.
Fr. Tony made his First Profession as a Salesian on 16th August 1950 in Holland. He then came to Australia as a missionary. In his homily, Fr. Tony thanked God for calling him as a Salesian in the last 60 years. He also acknowledged those who have been part of his life, supporting him in different ways. During the Eucharist, he also mentioned and prayed for the repose of the souls of his companions: Fr. Gerard Remie and Fr. Adrian Wenting who had come to Australia with him as fellow missionaries.
The Eucharist was followed by a festive meal in the community dinning room. The rector of the community, Fr. Joseph Lee, gave a speech on behalf of the community for Fr. Tony thanking him and acknowledging him of all the contributions he makes in the life of the community while retiring actively.
As he celebrates the big milestone of 60 years as a Salesian, we wish Fr. Tony every blessing from God for his generous service to the Church, to the Salesian Society and to the young.
Congratulation Fr. Tony!