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MONSIGNOR MCBRIDE'S GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION

The following article appeared in Dundee's Courier newspaper following the Jubilee Celebrations for Monsignor McBride in Saint Ninian's church on Thursday 21st June.

The Celebration Mass in St. Ninian's

Monsignor Kenneth McBride (centre), Bishop Logan, Provost Bob Duncan and other guests at the celebratory Mass.

"Monsignor Kenneth McBride was ordained to the priesthood in 1962 by the then Bishop of Dunkeld William Andrew Hart.

Brought up in the Douglas area of the city, Mgr Ken studied for the priesthood at Blairs College in Aberdeenshire and the Royal Scots College in Valladolid, Spain.

He also studied for two years in Rome after completing his studies in Spain as he was too young to be ordained.

The son of Tom and Bella McBride, he has a sister Sheila and two brothers, Michael and Andrew.

Mgr McBride's first appointment in the Diocese of Dunkeld was as a curate in Perth where he served for 13 years.

He has also been parish priest in Newport, Tayport and Leuchars, in St Pius' Dundee, his home parish, and he spent several years as administrator of St Andrew's Cathedral.

He also served as Catholic chaplain at Dundee University for many years.

As parish priest in St Ninian's he is also chaplain to the neighbouring primary school.

Last year he was honoured by Pope Benedict when he was made a Chaplain to His Holiness in recognition of his devoted years of service to the people of Dunkeld.

Bishop Vincent Logan of Dunkeld, priests, parishioners past and present and members of his family joined Mgr Ken at the celebration, as did Lord Provost Bob Duncan and his wife Brenda and MP Jim McGovern and wife Norma.

Mgr Ken said: ''I am delighted to celebrate my golden jubilee. I can honestly say the last 50 years have just flown by.

"It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the people of Dunkeld as their priest. I love being a priest and I would do it all again tomorrow if I had the chance.

''I have enjoyed great support over the years from Bishop Vincent, from my brother priests and from the people in the parishes in which I have served and I give thanks to God for the many blessings which I have enjoyed in my priesthood.''"

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The Mass was followed by a social and Buffet in the School Hall at St. Ninian's Primary. Catering for 400 people had been arranged, and there were certainly at least 300 parishioners there - despite the dreadful weather that night. The cold and heavy rain didn't dampen anyone's spirits, and it was a night to remember for us all.

Mgr. had asked parishioners who might have liked to give him gifts, to donate instead to the Charity 'Mary's Meals', which provides one decent meal each day to the poorest of the poor children so that they will not have to attend school on an empty stomach. Many of these children have to walk miles to school, and often have little or nothing to eat at home before they set out. It is a practical way of helping these little ones to make the best of the few chances for education that they have.

In the event, £1,500 were donated, and Mgr. McBride is most grateful to all who gave so generously.

 
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