Fr Placid – 99 years young!

On Saturday 7th October, Glenstal’s most senior monk by profession, Fr Placid Murray rejoiced to celebrate an extraordinary milestone in his life. It was his 99th birthday. Fr Placid has been resident at a nearby nursing home for several years but he remains a regular visitor to the monastery, and returned home on Saturday to celebrate his birthday, joining his brethren for Mass and lunch.

October 7th is also the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and in his homily during Mass, Fr Henry linked the two celebrations.

“When we look at the Rosary, we see that it is a wonderful recapitulation of the mysteries of the life of Christ and with that a concise compendium for our own contemplation of those mysteries. We call to mind Blessed Columba Marmion’s saying that Christ’s mysteries are our mysteries.

“We celebrate this Mass in the company of our confrere Father Placid who is celebrating his 99th birthday. We thank God for a life spent meditating on these mysteries of which we have just spoken and trying to imitate what they contain. We thank God for Fr Placid’s life-long work for the liturgical celebration and living of these mysteries as well as his scholarly elucidation of them in his many publications on the teaching of Cardinal Newman. We pray for continued good health and growth in a life permeated by the spirit of Mary when, in the words of the gospel we have just heard, she replied to the angel, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’”

After Mass, the community gathered in the monastery refectory for lunch. Father Abbot spoke briefly on behalf of the community, congratulating Fr Placid and wishing him all the best for the one hundredth year of his life. Still strong, Fr Placid blew out all the candles on his birthday cake in one go.

Ad multos annos, Fr Placid!