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May 8, 2004

14th Anniversary

Responding to God who calls me to follow Christ by a special vocation and in your presence Father Director, trusting in God who is ever faithful, and begging the intercession of Mary, Help of Christians, of St. Gaspar, our founder, and St. Francis Xavier, our patron, I, Jeffrey Robert Keyes, of my own free will, promise fidelity to the Society of the Precious Blood in accordance with its constitutions and statutes, giving myself entirely to the service of God for the rest of my life.

May 8, 1990

From left to right, Deacon Jeffrey Finley, CPPS (who now serves as pastor of St. Edward), Provincial Director Fr. Paul Link, CPPS, Doug Crandall serving as Acolyte, Provincial Formation Director Fr. James Sloan CPPS who was my predecessor as Pastor of St. Barnabas, and myself reciting the Act of Incorporation quoted above. Hidden behind Doug Crandal is Fr. Gregory D. Comella, CPPS, the Director of Advanced Formation. Hidden behind me is Sr. Suzanne Toolan, SM, a dear friend who directer the music. The Choir was made up of choir members from St. Leander, St. Edward, St. Francis DeSales and the Vineyard Choir, all choirs I had directed. It was a memorable moment.

Posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. at May 8, 2004 12:14 AM

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Congratulations! May the good Lord be with you day in and day out and may he bless you in a special way as you get ready to resume pastoral work in his vineyard. Our prayers will be part of the support that you will need in looking after the souls that the Lord is entrusting to you. Y mucha felicidad!

Posted by: Fr. Ray at May 8, 2004 8:11 PM

Congratulations. I'm not sure if it is easier to look back or to look forward. 14 years ago as you looked forward to ordination and a life of service, I'm sure that you dreamed big dreams and were full of hope. As you look back, own the successes and thank God for them and learn from the rest. Pastor, teacher, friend, you have been inspiration encouragement, motivation - as well as fun to be with.
Enjoy your day.

Posted by: Peggy Doherty at May 8, 2004 8:32 PM

Blessings and prayers for you on your anniversary of incorporation. Great to see your photo from St. Edward Parish--looking forward to taking one upon your arrival.

Posted by: Maria Elena & Dave at May 9, 2004 1:03 AM

I'm confused...

are you celebrating your first incorporation, your lifetime incorporation, or both?

1990 = first
1991 = lifetime


congratulations for whatever it is.

Posted by: Maureen Lahiff at May 9, 2004 9:39 PM

Posted by: Fr. Jeffrey Keyes CPPS at May 9, 2004 11:33 PM

hi, Father Jeff,

it's the math nerd/consistency person here,
wondering how you can have a 14th anniversary for something labeled May 8, 1991

Posted by: Maureen Lahiff at May 10, 2004 1:15 PM

Thanks for catching the typo, Maureen

Posted by: Fr. Jeffrey Keyes CPPS at May 11, 2004 11:37 AM