Archbishop attends end of year party for priests at St Mary's Beaudesert

ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge and Bishop Ken Howell were special guests among visiting priests who descended on Beaudesert on Thursday for St Mary's annual golf day and end of year get together.

Father Kevin said the group comprised 32 priests and five seminarians who came to continue the traditional end-of-year golf day started by Father Bernie Gallagher, who served as Beaudesert parish priest from 1994 to 2014.

"I have never played golf in my life," Father Kevin said.

"But I have played soccer, tennis and ping pong."

Bishop Howell said the lunch was excellent.

"Parishioners kindly cooked lunch for us," he said.

"We had a good old-fashioned roast dinner with pork, chicken and lamb."

Also present was John Echewodo who served St Mary's parish from 3013 to 2016 and Father Jim Browne who served as assistant priest ifrom 1975 to 1977.

Father Browne remembered his time at Beaudesert with fondness.

"I also used to shoot with the rifle club at Tabragalba," he said.

After lunch some of the visitors went for the traditional game at the Beaudesert Golf Club, while others chose to stay at St Mary's to play ping pong or relax on the patio with Archbishop Coleridge and Bishop Howell.