Friday, August 14, 2009

Happy 25th Anniversary, Fr. John!

Happy 25th Anniversary,
Fr. John Speekman!

I am honored to greet my favorite priest there in Down Under, Fr. John Speekman, who celebrates 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on Monday, August 17.

I had the privilege of interviewing him before lent this year, which was done through email. His response was full of fond memories of his youth and how he was raised by very devout Catholic parents.

Read his profile below and then get to know him better through the interview right here.

I have to admit I'd read it more than once because it inspires me to raise my own children the way Catholic parents should raise God's precious ones entrusted to them.
Fr. John Speekman runs a blog called Homilies and Reflections from Australia. Do send him your greetings. Mahalo.

Here is his profile:

I was born in Holland and migrated to Australia with my family at age 5 - grew up in Victoria and attended Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools. After a BA and Secondary Teacher training at Melbourne University I taught for 12 years - completed 2 years National Service in the Army (PNG) and entered the Seminary in 1981 - was ordained priest on 17th August 1984 by bishop Eric D'Arcy and have served in the Diocese of Sale and the Archdiocese of Sydney.


Esther said...

Happy Anniversary of your ordination Father!! God bless you always. I will be praying for you especially on Monday, the 17th.

Easter A. said...

Esther, I am sure you gave Fr. John a big smile! Thanks so much!

Fr John Speekman said...

Many thanks, Easter and Esther. I am so grateful for your prayers and good wishes. Yes, it did bring a big smile! Thanks for your postcard too, Easter, it was a lovely thought. I had a great day, on the day with a visit from family and there are more visits coming. I am blessed. God is good! And peace to you.

Easter A. said...

Wohoooo!!!! God is good, indeed! I can't tell you how happy I am to hear this good news! Well, you deserve it! And enjoy the rest of it!!!